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Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)
Paul B. Israel (Project Director: December 2012 to present)

The Papers of Thomas A. Edison

Preparation for publication of two volumes (completing volume 8 and beginning volume 9) of the papers of inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), covering the period 1885-1889. (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, autobiographical writings, and other documents from Edison’s lengthy career. This proposal seeks funding to complete Volume 8: New Beginnings (1885–1887) and to begin work on Volume 9: Competing Interests (1888–1889). These volumes cover Edison's return to full-time research, the building and start of operations of his largest research and development laboratory, and his changing family situation as he marries his second wife, Mina Miller, daughter of a cofounder of the first Chautauqua Sunday School Assembly, and starts a new family. Among the major themes will be Edison’s threatened position in the American electric power industry and his diversified research agenda, which includes basic scientific research in electromagnetism, new telecommunications projects, electric light and power, audio technology, ore milling and motion pictures.

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

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2015