Cover

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pp. 1-11

Contents

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pp. xi-xii

Calendar of Documents

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pp. xiii-xxi

List of Editorial Headnotes

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pp. xxii-23

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Preface

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pp. xxiii-xxix

With his move from Menlo Park, New Jersey, to New York City at the end of March 1881, Edison shifted his focus from research and development to the commercialization of his electric lighting system. This volume chronicles Edison’s central role in the enormous effort required to manufacture, market, and install electric lighting systems in the United States and abroad. ...

Chronology of Thomas A. Edison, April 1881–March 1883

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pp. xxx-xxxiv

Editorial Policy and User’s Guide

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pp. xxxv-xxxix

Editorial Symbols

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pp. xl-41

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xli-xlvi

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1. April–June 1881 (Docs. 2074-2117)

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pp. 3-87

After having moved to New York in late winter, Edison concentrated in the spring and summer on commercializing his electric light system in the United States and abroad. Though he had experience as an independent manufacturer from his days in Newark, Edison had never faced organizational and financial challenges of this magnitude. ...

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2. July–September 1881 (Docs. 2118-2160)

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pp. 88-195

Edison had firmly established himself in New York by the summer of 1881. From there he oversaw development of a large exhibit for the Exposition Internationale de l’Électricité in Paris; arrangements for electric lighting in Europe and Great Britain; and preparations for his most prized goal, an electric light and power system in Manhattan. ...

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3. October–December 1881 (Docs. 2161-2202)

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pp. 196-310

Having just passed the third anniversary of full-time work on an incandescent lighting system, Edison could see his first commercial central station literally taking shape in lower Manhattan. While his business affairs in the United States and abroad continued to demand attention each day, Edison had a new and pressing responsibility. ...

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4. January–March 1882 (Docs. 2203-2250)

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pp. 311-445

Cold and snowy weather early in the new year interfered with the construction of Edison’s electric distribution system in New York City, and the laying of underground cables was halted until the middle of February.1 Anxious that his enterprise should not fall into “the rut of indolence” during the winter, he urged Charles Clarke to start planning for the next district, ...

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5. April–June 1882 (Docs. 2251-2307)

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pp. 446-578

Two years after moving to New York City to bring his electric lighting system into commercial operation, Edison stepped back from the press of technical, organizational, and financial matters that had consumed his attention. Not long after vacationing with his family in Florida, Edison fell ill with “a terrible cold” ...

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6. July–September 1882 (Docs. 2308-2343)

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pp. 579-679

Edison spent most of the summer at his Menlo Park home, but his movements away from there neatly frame the beginning and end of this quarter. In early July, he chartered a steam yacht and headed up the Hudson River, reaching Montreal via Lake Champlain, then traveling up the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario. ...

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7. October–December 1882 (Docs. 2344-2386)

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pp. 680-751

With his electric light system working successfully in New York’s financial district, Edison moved again with his wife Mary and their family from New Jersey to New York City, ostensibly to be near the generating plant. Edison rented a house in the fashionable Gramercy Park area on 1 October. ...

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8. January–March 1883 (Docs. 2387-2417)

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pp. 752-810

The new year began with Edison working, as usual, on multiple fronts and in multiple guises. Although Sherburne Eaton was obliged to report in January that the previous year’s attempt to develop an iron ore separation business at Rhode Island had met with a series of misfortunes, better news that month was the opening of the first, long-awaited, “village plant,” ...

Appendix 1. Edison’s Autobiographical Notes

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pp. 811-832

Appendix 2. Isolated Lighting Plant Installations, May 1883

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pp. 833-837

Appendix 3. Specifications of Dynamos Produced at the Edison Machine Works, April 1881–March 1883

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pp. 838-840

Appendix 4. Cable Name Codes, 1881–1883

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pp. 841-842

Appendix 5. Edison’s Patents, April 1881–March 1883

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pp. 843-854

Bibliography

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pp. 855-868

Credits

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pp. 869-870

Index

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pp. 871-893