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Begun in December 1889 as Edison's personal business, the Edison Manufacturing Co. was incorporated in the State of New Jersey in May 1900. Howard W. Hayes was the first corporate president, but Edison succeeded him within the year. After incorporation the company manufactured and marketed electrical devices, including primary batteries, phonoplex circuits, dental and medical apparatus, and motion picture equipment. It was also responsible for the production of Edison motion picture films. The company had a factory at Silver Lake (later Bloomfield), New Jersey, a sales office in New York City, and agencies in other cities. In 1905 motion picture production operations moved from Manhattan to a new studio in the Bronx. In February 1911 the company's assets and property rights were assigned to Thomas A. Edison, Inc. It was officially dissolved in November 1926.
The records cover the years 1889-1911, with a few additional items from 1917 and 1926. Correspondence, letterbooks, and financial records for the period 1889-1898 can be found in Thomas A. Edison Papers, Part III (1887-1898). Correspondence pertaining to the business of the company from 1899 through 1910 can be found in the Document File Series and in the Motion Picture Patents Company Records (Company Records Series). A finding aid for the archival record group is available at the Edison National Historical Park.
The selected records are arranged in the following order: (1) Ledger (1900-1926); (2) Journal (1900-1926); (3) State and Federal Filings (1902-1910); and (4) Profit and Loss Statements (1899-1911). The items not selected include two investment ledgers (1900-1913); a payroll book (1906-1911); eleven cash books (1898-1911); a monthly digest of general and sales ledger accounts (1910-1911); and a check book (1902-1908).