This folder contains correspondence about the technical and commercial development of the phonograph. Some of the letters are by Edison's attorney, Sherburne B. Eaton, and relate to Edison's suit against Ezra T. Gilliland and John C. Tomlinson. Also included are letters about musical recording sessions at the West Orange laboratory, correspondence regarding phonograph exhibitions, and requests for information about phonographs and cylinder recordings. Individual letters pertaining to more than one phonograph company are also filed in this folder.
Approximately 80 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: unsolicited correspondence about the Gilliland-Tomlinson affair; routine requests for information about the phonograph; letters of transmittal and other routine business correspondence; duplicate copies of selected documents. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.