This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the Edison United Phonograph Co. Included are documents about the assignment of Edison's foreign phonograph patents to the company and the formation of the Edison-Bell Phonograph Corporation, Ltd. There are also documents concerning the company's relationship with George Gouraud and incursions into the company's sales territory by local American phonograph companies. Among the correspondents are G.N. Morison, secretary of the company; Stephen F. Moriarty, the company's agent in London; Jesse Seligman, a New York investment banker who helped organize the company; and Sherburne B. Eaton, Edison's attorney.
Approximately 70 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: routine correspondence regarding orders, financial transactions, and patent assignments; meeting announcements; letters of transmittal and acknowledgement; untranslated French-language documents concerning an attempt by Moriarty to form a phonograph syndicate in Belgium and France. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.