This letterbook covers the period April 1894-August 1895. Most of the letters are by Edison. There is also correspondence by William E. Gilmore and John F. Randolph. Much of the correspondence relates to Edison's phonograph business. Included are numerous references to Edison's strained relations with the Edison United Phonograph Co. and with the North American Phonograph Co., which went into receivership in August 1894. Some of the letters deal with the kinetograph, the commercial introduction of the kinetoscope, the production of motion pictures, and the publication of William K. L. Dickson's History of the Kinetoscope and Kinetograph. Other correspondence relates to the Edison's ore milling plant at Ogden, N.J. Included also are letters pertaining to the management of Edison's Menlo Park property, the sale of stocks and bonds, and other financial matters. There are occasional allusions to the impact of the ongoing depression on Edison's ore milling operations and other activities and to the mortgaging and closing of the West Orange laboratory. Other letters refer to family matters, including the health of Edison's father, Samuel, and the finances of his daughter, Marion. The spine is stamped "Letters." The book contains 699 numbered pages and an index. Approximately 20 percent of the book has been selected. Related documents for this time period can be found in LB-059. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.