This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the commercial exploitation of phonographs in the United States. Most of the items are letters to and from Frank L. Dyer, president of NPCo. Other correspondents include Leonard C. McChesney, manager of the Advertising Department; F. K. Dolbeer, manager of sales; and Leo H. Baekeland, owner of the General Bakelite Co. Included are letters pertaining to the manufacture, distribution, and sale of phonographs and records, as well as correspondence about litigation, patents, and other legal matters. Among the documents for 1911 are letters concerning the Advertising Department, the dissatisfaction of jobbers and dealers with obsolete record stocks, and the possible use of Bakelite in records. Also included are notes regarding the equipment and supplies necessary to manufacture disc records.
Less than 10 percent of the documents have been selected. Among the unselected items are letters regarding the business of individual dealers or jobbers; material pertaining to California trademark legislation; and an advertising plan prepared by the Calkins & Holden agency that was never adopted.