This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the production and commercial development of motion picture films and the manufacturing of projectors. Included are items pertaining to kinetoscope production schedules, film prices, film distribution, trademarks, advertising, sales, and the activities of jobbers, dealers, and competitors. Among the documents for 1908 are letters relating to experimental work contracted to Daniel Higham and Charles L. Brasseur; to hearings in Washington, D.C., regarding film tariffs and copyrights; and to the events leading to the organization of the Motion Picture Patents Co. Also included are items about a proposed motion picture with President Theodore Roosevelt as its subject. Among the correspondents are William E. Gilmore, vice president and general manager of the Edison Manufacturing Co.; Frank L. Dyer of the Legal Department, who succeeded Gilmore as vice president in July 1908; George F. Scull, assistant to the vice president; Alex T. Moore, manager of the Kinetograph Department; John Pelzer and Leonard W. McChesney, employees in the Kinetograph Department; Leonard C. McChesney, manager of the Advertising Department; and James H. White, former managing director of the Edison Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The items not selected include invoices, shop orders, letters of transmittal, and contracts for construction work at the Bronx studio. Also not selected is correspondence routing inquiries from customers, discussing screenplays proposed by George L. Dyer, evaluating technical modifications which the Edison Manufacturing Co. declined to adopt, or duplicating information in selected material.
Related documents can be found in D-08-27 (Exhibitions).