This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the North American Phonograph Co. Included are letters and reports about the organization and management of local phonograph sales agencies. There are also documents pertaining to company finances and to a dispute with the Columbia Phonograph Co. over the use of a patented process for duplicating phonograph records. Among the correspondents are Alfred O. Tate, vice president; Thomas Butler, treasurer; and J. Adriance Bush, attorney for the company. Some of the documents may be partially illegible due to faded ink and water damage.
Approximately 70 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: lists of phonograph recordings; meeting announcements; letters of transmittal and acknowledgement; duplicate copies of selected items. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.