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Edison, Thomas A (Thomas Alva) 1847-1931  Search this
Beach, Ralph Hamilton  Search this
Associated name:
Roach, John M. active 1910  Search this
Chicago Railways Company  Search this
Former owner:
Lende, H. W. Jr. DSI  Search this
New York Edison Company  Search this
H.W. Lende, Jr. Manuscript Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Edison, Thomas A (Thomas Alva) 1847-1931  Search this
Edison, Thomas A (Thomas Alva) 1847-1931  Search this
Physical description:
9 sheets : illustrations, portrait ; 28 x 22 cm or smaller
Mixed archival materials
Manuscripts (documents)
Title supplied by cataloger.
Autograph letter signed, handwritten in pencil by Thomas Edison to Ralph Hamiton Beach on lined paper. Carbon copy of typed, unsigned letter to Edison on unlined paper dated 25 October 1910. Printed reproduction of photographic portrait of Edison with facsimile of his signature.
Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures.
SCDIRB copy (barcode 39088019929462) is the gift of H.W. Lende, Jr. and has Lende accession number E-8.
SCDIRB copy has source: Charles Hamilton Galleries Inc., New York, Auction Sale 138, Lot 82, June 26, 1981.
SCDIRB copy is housed in an archival box together with other manuscripts from the H.W. Lende, Jr. Manuscript Collection, filed in Dibner accession number order.
2 letters and 1 portrait. Letter to Beach (5 sheets, 5 pages) from Edison concerning rail car axles and batteries, with several sketches of mechanical parts. Letter to Edison (3 sheets, 3 pages) concerning an arrangement made with John M. Roach, president of the Chicago Railways Company, to test battery-powered rail cars developed by Edison. Portrait (1 sheet) credited to the New York Edison Company.
Railroad cars--Axles  Search this
Electric vehicles--Batteries  Search this
Electric railroads  Search this
Call number:
MSS 002045 A
Restrictions & Rights:
Use by appointment with Dibner Library staff.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries