This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the marketing of phonographs and recordings in Europe. Most of the letters are by Edison and Thomas Graf, managing director of the Edison Gesellschaft in Berlin, and concern musical selection for disc phonograph recordings. Also included are financial statements for subsidiaries of the National Phonograph Co. in London, Paris, and Berlin, which were prepared for Edison by Ernest J. Berggren, secretary and treasurer of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., and a letter from J. Lewis Young, a longtime associate in the British phonograph and mimeograph businesses. In addition, there are two undated items by Edison, which were transcribed in 1953 from privately owned originals. One includes notes with respect to rented properties in Berlin in light of Edison's decision to terminate the "business phonograph business." The other is a draft letter concerning his intentions to reorganize the European market relative to phonographs and home kinetoscopes.
All of the documents have been selected except for duplicates and variants of selected items. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.