This folder contains correspondence, accounts, and other documents concerning the manufacture and promotion of Edison's talking doll. Many of the documents pertain to the business of the Edison Phonograph Toy Manufacturing Co. There are also letters about Edison's efforts to reorganize the company's board of directors and about the sale of Edison's foreign patent rights to the talking doll. Included also are letters requesting dolls or asking for information about them. Among the correspondents are Daniel Weld, secretary of the Toy Manufacturing Co.; J. T. Spalding, a company stockholder; and Sherburne B. Eaton, Edison's attorney. Some of the documents may be partially illegible due to water damage.
Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: an undated 69-page booklet containing detailed cost estimates for the manufacture of the dolls; letters of transmittal and acknowledgement; meeting announcements and other routine business correspondence relating to the Toy Manufacturing Co.; stock certificates; duplicate copies of selected documents. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.