Are you deeply passionate about electronics? Do you love history as well? If so, you need to check out the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University (click here).
The Edison Papers at Rutgers University serves as an extremely ambitious project dedicated to the man credited with 1093 patents during his lifetime from 1847 to 1931.
However, Thomas Edison played many roles in his illustrious life. The list includes not only inventor and entrepreneur but also a loving husband and father. Above all, Thomas Edison represents massive success.
Furthermore, the incredible legacy of Thomas Edison continues on today with great thanks to the dynamic team at Rutgers University.
Rutgers University Professor Thomas Jeffrey, Senior Editor Emeritus Edison Papers
This post continues our blog series on the Thomas and Mina Edison family. Hence, during our research on Thomas Edison, we discovered a local connection with the Edison family and Chautauqua Institution.
First, we began our research by contacting Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua Institution Archivist Jonathan Schmitz then connected our team with Dr. Thomas Jeffrey, Professor at Rutgers University and Senior Editor Emeritus of the Edison Papers.
In addition, our conversation with both Jonathan Schmitz and Dr. Thomas Jeffrey led to a deep interest to continue exploring the Edison Papers.
As a result, it was exciting to see all of the pieces on the Edison Papers website from the Oliver Archives Center at Chautauqua Institution. Especially since Jonathan Schmitz allowed us to go through many of the same documents.
Creating The Edison Effect Through Course Development
Below includes a video with Dr. Paul Israel, Director and also General Editor of the Edison Papers:
Below includes a link to another video with an interview with Dr. Paul Israel on PBS:
The Mission of the Edison Papers Project
Due to the deep dedication and commitment from the team at Rutgers University, their website is loaded with a wealth of information. In particular check out the Digital Edition of the Edison Papers.
Therefore, it certainly seems like any piece of information imaginable regarding Thomas Edison resides on the Edison Papers website.
For example, according to the Rutgers University website the mission of the project states:
One of the most challenging, versatile, and collaborative projects ever anchored by humanities scholarship, the Thomas A. Edison Papers is a unique resource for understanding the unbounded themes, variations, and processes of invention and innovation because it combines the major research capabilities of Rutgers University with a team of diversely interested specialists.
A major goal of the Edison Papers is to produce a selective fifteen-volume book edition of transcribed and annotated documents. The book volumes provide not only an overview of Edison’s life and career but also significant resources for understanding the development of electrical and other technology, as well as the emergence of new technology industries.
The Edison Papers was established under a Board of Oversight which consists of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the National Park Service, the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Finally, let’s take a tour of the Edison Papers and explore the tremendous amount of information the team at Rutgers organized:
Edison Personal Artifacts
The Edison Papers offers literally thousands of documents organized by the categories below:
Thomas Edison Business Related Documents
Additionally, you can browse through thousands of documents on Thomas Edison’s business dealings:
- Agreements and Contracts
- Bills and Receipts
- Cost Estimates
- Deeds, Leases and Titles
- Incorporation Papers
- Legal Statements
- Payroll & Time Records
- Promissory Notes
- Stock and Bonds
- Stock Transfers
Thomas Edison Inventions
Above all, for aspiring inventors, you can also browse by inventions of Thomas Edison:
- Electric Battery
- Cylinder Phonograph
- Incandescent Lamp
- Electric Light
- Metals and Materials
In conclusion, if you are looking for a blueprint on building game changing inventions and seeking entrepreneurial success, dedicate some time browsing the Edison Papers. You will learn tons.
Most importantly, please take a moment to thank the team at Rutgers University for all of the hard work over the years. Job well done Scarlet Knights!