Legal Series -- Legal Department Records -- Edison's Name -- Correspondence
This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the unlicenced use of Edison's name and image by commercial enterprises in the United States and abroad. The selected documents cover the period 1899-1909. Most of the letters are written by Edison's representatives and by unauthorized users of his name or image. Included are several items from 1905 concerning Edison's opposition to the registration of a trademark by his former associate Harold P. Brown. Also included is correspondence regarding the business endeavors of Thomas A. Edison, Jr. Some of the letters pertain to Edison's purchase of a farm for his son in 1906, when Thomas A. Edison, Jr., was using the assumed name Burton Willard. Among the correspondents are Frank L. Dyer, William E. Gilmore, Howard W. Hayes, and Miller Reese Hutchison. Some of the documents bear Edison marginalia.
Approximately 20 percent of the documents have been selected.
Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.