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- ProQuest History Vault, American politics and society
This collection is broken into the Thomas A. Edison papers, parts 1-5 covering 1850-1919, along with a collection of Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors, 1894-1908.
All 5 parts of the Thomas A. Edison papers include lab notebooks, correspondence, and other papers and all are from the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (ENHP) in West Orange, New Jersey. Covering Edison's work on the incandescent light bulb to his marriage to Mina Miller Edison to the consolidation of the National Phonograph Company, these papers provide comprehensive access to the life and work of Edison as inventor, businessman, scientist, and entrepreneur.
The Motion Picture Catalogs collection consists of 6,000 pages of American motion picture catalogs published between 1894 and 1908. The earliest documents were those printed in 1894 by sales agents for Thomas Edison's kinetoscope. The catalogs that were distributed between 1894 and 1908 advertised films, equipment, and related posters, slides, lectures, and phonographs. They ranged from complete multi-page listings of a distributor's stock to one-page synopses of a production company's latest product. After more than a century, a comparatively small number of such catalogs remain. Some are fragmentary or incomplete; most are unique; and all are fragile. In a few cases only photocopies of the originals survive. This collection includes all known catalogs distributed in the United States by U.S. producers, by European producers through their U.S. offices, and by domestic agents for U.S. and European films, and focuses on films that received significant distribution in the United States.
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