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The Edison-Saunders Compressed Air Co. was incorporated in the State of New Jersey on April 18, 1899, in order to acquire, control, and develop Edison's patents for reheating compressed air. It also assumed the rights to a patent relating to the efficiency of motor fluids, which had been granted jointly to William L. Saunders and the Ingersoll- Sergeant Drill Co. in 1892. At the time of incorporation, Richard N. Dyer served as president; William Pelzer, as vice president; and Archibald G. Reese, as secretary and treasurer. At a meeting of stockholders, held at the West Orange laboratory on April 24, 1899, Edison was elected president; William L. Saunders, vice president; and Walter S. Mallory, secretary and treasurer.
The records consist of the minutes from one meeting of stockholders and a book of stock certificates and receipts. Only the minutes have been selected. A finding aid for the archival record group is available at the Edison National Historical Park. Related material can be found in the "Edison-Saunders Compressed Air Company" folders for 1899 and 1901 in the Document File Series, as well as in the letterbooks of Walter S. Mallory in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Works Records (Thomas A. Edison Papers, Part III (1887-1898)).