This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the production and commercial development of motion picture films, cameras, and projectors. Included are items pertaining to film prices, film distribution, advertising, sales, and the activities of competitors. Among the documents for 1907 are letters relating to the marketing of motion pictures in Germany, to aborted negotiations with Pathé Frères regarding the use of Pathé negatives in the United States, and to the progress of pending lawsuits. Also included is a tally of sales for individual films released during the period April 1904-January 1907 indicating title, catalog number, date, length in feet, and total sales by year; and a telegram announcing the death of Stephen F. Moriarty, former vice president of the Edison United Phonograph Co. Among the correspondents are William E. Gilmore, vice president and general manager of the Edison Manufacturing Co.; Alex T. Moore, manager of the Kinetograph Department; Leonard C. McChesney, manager of the Advertising Department; Frank L. Dyer, Herbert H. Dyke, and William Pelzer of the Legal Department; John R. Schermerhorn, chairman of directors of the Edison Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; G. Croyden Marks of the National Phonograph Co., Ltd.; and Thomas Graf, managing director of Edison Gesellschaft.
Approximately 80 percent of the documents have been selected. The items not selected include contracts for construction work at the Bronx studio and documents that duplicate information in selected material.