This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the Edison United Phonograph Co., along with a few items concerning the Edison-Bell Phonograph Corporation, Ltd. Many of the letters pertain to the alleged infringement of the company's patent rights by J. Lewis Young and others and to various legal actions involving the E.U.P.C., the Edison Phonograph Works, and the North American Phonograph Co. Some of the items deal with the reorganization of the company and the shipment and exhibition of phonographs in England. Also included is a long series of "general letters" from G. N. Morison, the company's secretary in New York, to Stephen F. Moriarty, its general manager in London, which provide detailed status reports of ongoing company activities. There are also numerous letters exchanged between Moriarty and his secretary, George Munro, and a lengthy draft in Edison's hand, dated June 16, 1893, discussing marketing strategies for the phonograph.
Approximately 60 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: routine correspondence regarding shipments and orders; meeting announcements; bills and receipts; letters of transmittal and acknowledgement; untranslated foreign language documents; personal correspondence and other letters by Stephen F. Moriarty unrelated to the phonograph business; duplicate copies of selected documents; items that duplicate information in selected material. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.