GEORGE EASTMAN George Eastman signs letter of agreement for construction of a new building at Kodak Park Carbon Typed Document Signed: "Geo Eastman" on last page, 6¾p, 8x13, separate sheets, affixed to 8½x13¼ blue sheet. No place, 1909 May 11.

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George Eastman signs letter of agreement for construction of a new building at Kodak Park
Carbon Typed Document Signed: "Geo Eastman" on last page, 6¾p, 8x13, separate sheets, affixed to 8½x13¼ blue sheet. No place, 1909 May 11. Agreement between the Eastman Kodak Company of New York and the Ferro Concrete Construction Company of Cincinnati for the construction of a building on the property known as Kodak Park. In part: "The Contractor agrees that it will furnish all the materials and perform all the work necessary for the erection and completion in the most substantial, workman-like manner of the building to be known as Building Number 36 on the property of the Purchaser known as Kodak Park in the Town of Greece, County of Monroe, State of New York...It is mutually agreed that the work included in this contract is to be done under the direction of a competent reinforced concrete engineer...Such additional drawings and specifications as may be necessary to detail and illustrate the work to be done shall be furnished by the Contractor from sketches or instructions of the Purchaser...The Purchaser shall have the right to change the plans in the way of alterations, additions or omissions...The Purchaser agrees to provide all labor and materials essential to the conduct of this work not included in this contract...The Contractor shall employ only competent, skillful workmen to do the work...The Contractor shall take all measures such as shall be calculated effectually to prevent any accident to the lives or property of any person or persons whatever in consequence of its work...The Contractor shall not sub-let any portion of the work covered by this contract without the written consent of the purchaser...The amount to be paid by the Purchaser to the Contractor for said work and materials shall be the sum of One Hundred and Seventy-four Thousand Dollars ($174,000)...The Purchaser agrees to pay the Contractor on the 15th day of the month, ninety percent of the amount of such estimates. The final payment, including the ten per cent reserved by the Purchaser on all estimates, shall be made within thirty days after the entire completion and acceptance of all the work included in this contract....." Also signed: "W. P Andersen" for the Ferro Concrete Construction Company. Initialed in unknown hand on last page of typed text. Ink corrections and cross outs in unknown hand. The first building at Kodak Park, which is today the largest chemical-industrial complex in the northeast, was erected in 1892. Eastman would begin to use what would become a sprawling facility to house his research laboratories beginning in 1912. The year before this letter, his company, which boasted worldwide employment of 5,000 by 1907, had opened a manufacturing plant in Australia. American inventor and manufacturer GEORGE EASTMAN (1854-1932) revolutionized the photography industry with his inventions of flexible film (1884) and the inexpensive Kodak box camera (1888). He entered the photographic plate-making business in 1880 after inventing a machine to coat glass plates. The mass production of his dollar Brownie camera in 1900 made photography available to children. Eastman's philanthropic gifts to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester (New York) and the Eastman School of Music, which he founded, exceeded $100 million.. Lightly creased with folds, horizontal fold at the upper loops of the "G" of Geo and "t" of Eastman. Clips and binding holes at upper blank margins. Mounting sheet is lightly creased and soiled. Chipped at blank edges. Ink docket (unknown hand) at upper left margin of verso. Overall, fine condition.

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