This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the activities of the Legal Department, a centralized office for the consideration of legal matters involving the Edison companies. Included are items that pertain to litigation or to the organization of companies, as well as items that address general concerns of corporate structure and financial and legal responsibility. Most of the documents for 1909 consist of letters and memoranda to or from Frank L. Dyer, general counsel of the Legal Department, concerning matters of employment, legislation, litigation, sales, and finance. Among the companies discussed are the Bates Manufacturing Co., Edison Business Phonograph Co., Edison Manufacturing Co., Edison Phonograph Works, and National Phonograph Co. Included are minutes of meetings held by sales managers of the Edison companies, reports on the state of business that were sent to Dyer while he vacationed, and correspondence regarding accounts with lawyers and lobbyists.
Approximately 80 percent of the documents have been selected. The items not selected include bills, receipts, and letters of transmittal and acknowledgment.