This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the Edison United Phonograph Co., along with some items concerning the Edison-Bell Phonograph Corporation, Ltd. Many of the letters are either by or to Stephen F. Moriarty, the company's general manager. Included are correspondence about Moriarty's efforts to organize phonograph syndicates in Germany and Italy and a lengthy draft letter to Senator Thomas C. Platt accusing Edison of conduct detrimental to the company's interests. Some of the letters pertain to a patent infringement suit involving the Edison-Bell company and James Hough. There are also items regarding the technical improvement of the phonograph.
Approximately 60 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: routine daily inspection reports accepted for E.U.P.C. by John T. Moriarty at the Edison Phonograph Works; routine letters regarding patents and meeting announcements; Moriarty's personal correspondence; letters of transmittal and acknowledgment; duplicate copies of selected items. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.