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These three letterbooks cover the period February 1888-October 1895. The books contain correspondence by Charles Batchelor, William K. L. Dickson, and various laboratory storekeepers, including Fred C. Devonald, Thomas Ebdell, and C. E. Sullivan. There are also scattered letters by Edison, Alfred O. Tate, and Arthur E. Kennelly. Most of the material pertains to the storekeepers' routine orders of equipment and supplies for the laboratory and has not been selected. Many of the selected items selected are by Dickson and relate to the experimental development of the kinetoscope. Included among Dickson's correspondents are Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., Columbia Rubber Co., Gundlach Optical Co., and Eastman Co. (which Dickson often addresses by the name of its predecessor, Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co.).
The letterbooks are wholly or partially indexed. These indexes have not been selected. Although every technical effort has been made to ensure the legibility of the documents, many pages in these letterbooks may be partially or entirely unreadable because of spreading, smearing, or fading ink; bleed-through; and water damage.
Related material can be found in the "West Orange Laboratory" folders in the Document File Series. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.