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RQ-50364-09

Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)
Paul Israel (Project Director: 11/10/2008 to present)

The Papers of Thomas A. Edison

Preparation for the print publication of Volumes 7 and 8 of the papers of inventor Thomas A. Edison, covering the period of July 1883 through December 1887. (36 months)

The Papers of Thomas A. Edison is a fifteen-volume book edition that will contain 6,500 transcribed and annotated letters, notebook entries, experimental drawings, legal agreements, equipment specifications, marketing plans, autobiographical writings, and other documents from Edison's lengthy career. This proposal seeks funding to complete "Losses and Loyalties" (Volume 7, July 1883 - December 1884) and to work on "New Beginnings" (Volume 8, January 1885 - December 1887). These volumes cover the pioneering era of the electrical industry founded on Edison's technical and business contributions and provide a detailed picture of the day-to-day struggles and innovations that delivered electric light and power into the world marketplace. During this period Edison also survives the crises of his first wife's death, remarries, returns to work on telecommunications technology, and opens his last and largest research and development laboratory.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 9/30/2011