April 23, 2019

Today in History: Thomas A. Edison

Today in History–August 12–the Library of Congress features scientist and inventor Thomas A. Edison, who is credited with completing the model of the first phonograph on this day in 1877.  Find out more about the “wizard of Menlo Park” by visiting the Today in History section, where you’ll also find links to other Library sound collections. Then click the links below to access more resources and primary sources related to Edison and inventions.

Thomas A. Edison biography

Thomas A. Edison timeline

Thomas A. Edison stories from America’s Library

Is It Live or Is It Edison? Now See Hear! blog May 21, 2015

Inventing Entertainment: the Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

Thomas A. Edison image set

Thomas Edison National Historical Park map & brochure

Thomas A. Edison historical newspaper coverage

Modern-day legislation related to Thomas A. Edison

Today in History: Edison Gets Kinetographic Camera Patent

Inventing Entertainment Collection Connections for teachers

Thomas Edison, Electricity, and America lesson plan

Thank you, Mr. Edison electricity, innovation, and social change lesson plan via Internet Archive

Primary Source Spotlight: Inventors & Inventions

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