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Featured Document: Edison Asks for Mina's Hand

Edison letter to MillerDuring the summer of 1885 Edison developed a romantic interest in Mina Miller, the nineteen-year-old daughter of Ohio inventor and manufacturer Lewis Miller. "Got thinking about Mina and came near being run over by a streetcar," Edison wrote in his diary.

In early August, Edison traveled to Chautauqua, New York, with his daughter Marian to meet Mina and her family. Lewis Miller was a co-founder of the Chautauqua Institution, a Methodist educational conclave that met each summer on the banks of Lake Chautauqua. Read more here...

Edison and Innovation Series

Check out Edison and the Rise of Innovation, a series of essays that draw on Edison’s personal and business letters, lab notebooks, drawings, advertising material, and modern and historic photos to reveal Edison the innovator. 

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Rutgers 250

Did you know Edison himself holds not one but two honorary Rutgers degrees? This year marks 250 years of Rutgers educating NJ. Edison had a long association with the university! Read more...