Friday, February 11, 2011

Google Celebrates Edison's Birthday

As many web users know, Google occasionally posts specific designs on its main search page to honor holidays, famous birthdays, and other events—rarely particularly relevant to business historians. Today's Google design, however, honors the 164th birthday of Thomas A. Edison.  The full effect of the animated image can be seen on Google's main search page.
   Numerous digital resources are available to those wishing to learn more about Edison, his work, and his businesses.
The Edison Papers Project at Rutgers University has a great deal of material on-line, including a searchable database, as well as a list of links to other useful sites.
The Smithsonian Institution has an on-line exhibit, Edison after Forty; the Lemelson Center has Edison Invents!
The Library of Congress has a large exhibit, "Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies," which includes a number of early sound and motion picture recordings.
The library at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has a large collection of digitized cylinder recordings from the Edison companies.
The PBS series, "The American Experience," produced Edison's Miracle of Light, with an accompanying website with a transcript of the program and other resources.