This folder contains correspondence and other documents authored by or sent to Frank L. Dyer, vice president of the Edison Manufacturing Co. and later president of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Among the other correspondents is William E. Gilmore, Dyer's predecessor as vice president of the Edison Manufacturing Co. Many of the letters relate to competition between the licensed and independent film exchanges. Other items pertain to the appointment of Dyer as president of the Mexican National Phonograph Co.; the resignation of Dwight Macdonald as general manager of MPPCo.; a price agreement between George Eastman and the Organization of European Film Manufacturers; and the federal government's antitrust suit against MPPCo. In addition, there are letters dealing with trademarks and advertising; a recommendation regarding the addition of Edison's name at the end of films; and a list of proposed guests for a 1910 dinner in Edison's honor. One undated memorandum, probably written in 1909, pertains to experiments by Daniel Higham on a combined phonograph-projector.
Approximately 30 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes letters of introduction, employment applications, and meeting announcements. Other unselected items deal with exchange licenses, market competition, complaints about Dwight Macdonald, congressional revisions of the patent statutes, and the antitrust suit. There are also reports concerning movie houses in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the American Graphophone Co.'s factory in Bridgeport.