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Thomas A. Edison papers, 1860-1903

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0382
Bib ID 4078727 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931
Title Thomas A. Edison papers, 1860-1903
Physical Description 2 boxes (2 boxes (132 items))
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged chronologically. Collection is in 2 series.

Description

Summary

This collection of contracts, patent assignments, other legal documents, and correspondence of Edison and others, deals with the development of the telegraph and the expansion of the telegraph network. There are 31 cataloged legal documents concerning his telegraphic patents, his company (Pope, Edison & Company), and its purchase by The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company in 1870. Other contracts concern the early work of Samuel F.B. Morse and other inventors, and later telegraph companies.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas A. Edison papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

August 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

Subject Headings

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Agreements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Patents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Powers of attorney Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American Telephone and Telegraph Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baldwin, Henry, Jr. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Businessmen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dolbear, A. E. (Amos Emerson), 1837-1910 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gold and Stock Telegraph Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Legal documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pope, Edison & Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Telegraph -- Patents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Telegraph -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Western Union Telegraph Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American inventor.

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Series I: Catalogued Legal Documents of Thomas A. Edison, 1870-1875



Box 1 Catalogued Legal Documents of Thomas A. Edison, 1870-1875, 30 folders

Series II: Uncataloged legal documents and correspondence, 1860-1903



Box 2 James J. Clark: contract with Charrick Westbrook, 1860 July 28


Box 2 Frank H. Palmer: contract with Hiram O. Alden & Robert W. Russell, 1860 July 28


Box 2 Elisha Wilson: contract with the American Telegraph Company, 1863 January 21


Box 2 A.C. Goell: contract with the American Telegraph Company re: S.F.B. Morse et al. contract of 3 Sept 1849, 1863 June 03


Box 2 A.C. Goell: contract with the American Telegraph Company re: S.F.B. Morse contract of 4 April 1854, 1863 June 03


Box 2 A.C. Goell: contract with the American Telegraph Company re: S.F.B. Morse contract of 14 Aug 1855, 1863 June 03


Box 2 A.C. Goell: contract with the American Telegraph Company re: S.F.B. Morse contract of 4 Oct 1855, 1863 June 03


Box 2 A.C. Goell: contract with the American Telegraph Company re: S.F.B. Morse contract of 14 Oct. 1856, 1863 June 03


Box 2 James J. Clark: contract with the United States Telegraph Company, 1864 December 30


Box 2 United States Telegraph Company: contract with William P. Westervielt, 1865 February 01


Box 2 James J. Clark & Charrick Westbrook: affidavit, 1865 February 15


Box 2 James J. Clark & Charrick Westbrook: contract with the United States Telegraph Company, 1865 February 15


Box 2 Edward A. Calahan: contract with Martin V.B. Finch, 1867 April 05


Box 2 Elisha W. Andrews & George Conant: contract with The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1867 November 30


Box 2 Edward A. Calahan: contract with The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1867 December 28


Box 2 Milton F. Adams: contract with E. Baker Welch, 1868 December 05


Box 2 Elisha Gray: assignment of patent to George S. Kain, 1868 December 11


Box 2 Samuel S. Laws: five patent assignments to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company (5 contracts), 1869 October 05


Box 2 Milton F. Adams: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1869 November 22


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1869 December 04


Box 2 Henry W. Baker: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Co., 1870 May 12


Box 2 Benjamin Collins: contract with George Conant, 1870 June 17


Box 2 Martin V.B. Finch & Edward A. Calahan; patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1870 June 18


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1871 June 29


Box 2 Frank L. Pope: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Co., 1870 July 01


Box 2 George M. Phelps: patent assignment to The Western Union Telegraph Co., 1870 August 19


Box 2 Edward A. Calahan: contract with The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1870 September 13


Box 2 Edward A. Calahan: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1870 September 13


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1870 September 26


Box 2 Pricilla W. Page (Mrs. Charles G.): contract with The Western Union Telegraph Company, 1871 January 09


Box 2 Pricilla W. Page (Mrs. Charles G.): patent assignment to the Western Union Telegraph Company, 1871 January 09


Box 2 Pricilla W. Page (Mrs. Charles W.): power of attorney to the Western Union Telegraph Company, 1871 January 09


Box 2 Benjamin Collins & George Conant: patent assignment to the Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1871 January 16


Box 2 Theodore M. Foote et al.: patent assignment to Warren Ward et al., 1871 February 20


Box 2 Theodore M. Foote & Charles A. Randall: patent assignment to George J. Harris, 1871 June 16


Box 2 Theodore M. Foote & Charles A. Randall: patent assignment to Warren Ward et al., 1871 June 16


Box 2 E. Baker Welch: patent assignment to George Lee Anders, 1871 August 03


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1871 August 30


Box 2 The Western Union Telegraph Company: license to Elisha Gray & Enos M. Barton, 1871 November 20


Box 2 Henry Van Hoevenbergh: patent assignment to The Stock Telegraph Unison Company, 1872 January 17


Box 2 The Western Union Telegraph Company: license to Elisha Gray & Enos M. Barton, 1872 January 27


Box 2 George M. Phelps: patent assignment to The Western Union Telegraph Company, 1872 February 21


Box 2 Henry Van Hoevenbergh: patent assignment to Horace L. Hotchkiss, 1872 March 01


Box 2 Joseph B. Stearns: patent assignment to The Western Union Telegraph Company, 1872 March 22


Box 2 George Lee Anders: three patent assignments to E. Baker Welch, 1872 March 30


Box 2 George M. Phelps: patent assignment to The Western Union Telegraph Company, 1872 April 03


Box 2 The Stock Telegraph Unison Company: patent assignment to Henry Van Hoevenbergh, 1872 May 06


Box 2 Theodore M. Foote & Charles A. Randall: patent assignment to The Commercial Printing Telegraph Company, 1872 July 05


Box 2 George M. Phelps: patent assignment to The Western Union Telegraph Company, 1872 July 08


Box 2 Thomas Alva Edison: copy of patent assignments to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1872 October 30


Box 2 Thomas Alva Edison: list of patent assignments to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1872 November 08; 1873 February 18


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1872 December 14


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1873 March 21


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1875 March 23


Box 2 Thomas Alva Edison: list of contracts, 1875 December 02-1879 May 12


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1876 January 24


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1876 February 16


Box 2 Pierre A.J. Dujardin: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1876 March 28


Box 2 Henry C. Nicholson: A.p.c.s.to Mary Nicholson (Mrs. Henry C.), 1876 July 14


Box 2 George Lee Anders: three patent assignments to E. Baker Welch, 1877 May 04


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1877 June 13


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1877 August 07


Box 2 Amos Emerson Dolbear: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1877 October 10


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1877 November 28


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1878 February 09


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1878 April 24


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1878 May 16


Box 2 Thomas Alva Edison: copy of contract with The Western Union Telegraph Company, 1878 May 31


Box 2 Henry C. Nicholson: A.p.c.s.to Mary Nicholson (Mrs. Henry C.), 1878 October 10


Box 2 George Lee Anders: patent assignment to E. Baker Welch, 1878 October 31


Box 2 Thomas Alva Edison: copy of license from The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1879 January 31


Box 2 Thomas B. Doolittle: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1879 June 14


Box 2 Amos Emerson Dolbear: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1879 October 25


Box 2 Amos Emerson Dolbear: patent assignment to The Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, 1879 November 04


Box 2 Henry C. Nicholson: A.l.s. to Mary Nicholson (Mrs. Henry C.) re: Thomas A. Edison, 1880 November 29


Box 2 Henry Baldwin, Jr.: A.l.s. to C.L. Buckingham, 1881 October 19


Box 2 The Bankers and Merchants Telegraph Company: corporate license from the State of Illinois, 1883 October 11


Box 2 George Putnam Smith: A.l.s. to J.R. Doolittle, 1884 February 15


Box 2 Edgar Allan: A.l.s. to J.R. Doolittle, 1884 March 31


Box 2 Edgar Allan: A.l.s. to J.R. Doolittle, 1884 May 08


Box 2 D.C. Taylor: A.p.c.s. to H.T. Kent, 1884 July 15


Box 2 Marcus S. Hopkins: T.l.s. to C.L. Buckingham, 1886 May 04


Box 2 Charles Benner: T.l.s. to Waller, Cooke, & Wagner, 1892 November 26


Box 2 William D. Guthrie: T.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1896 October 14


Box 2 Charles Steele: T.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1898 March 17


Box 2 William N. Cohen: T.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1899 January 05


Box 2 William N. Cohen: T.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1899 March 08


Box 2 Henry D. Hotchkiss: T.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1899 March 15


Box 2 William N. Cohen: T.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1899 May 17


Box 2 G. Sneath: Ms.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1903 September 11


Box 2 G. Sneath: Ms.l.s. to William W. Cook, 1903 September 18