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David E. E. Sloane Collection, New Haven, Conn.: Madeleine Edison and John Eyre Sloane Correspondence (1912)
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These letters consist primarily of correspondence exchanged between Madeleine Edison and her future husband, John Eyre Sloane. There are also numerous letters to and from Mina Miller Edison. Included is correspondence relating to the family's visit to Chicago in January and their vacation in Fort Myers in March and April. There are also letters regarding Madeleine's visit to Washington, D.C. in May, where she recorded her impressions of Genevieve Bennett Clark, the wife of House of Representatives speaker Champ Clark. In addition, there are letters pertaining to Madeleine's attendance at a religious conference in Northfield, Massachusetts, in June; her vacations in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Monhegan Island, Maine, later in the summer; and trips to Akron, Ohio, in June to attend the wedding of her aunt Mary and in October to visit her ailing grandmother Mary Valinda. Other personal and family events mentioned in the documents include the death of Madeleine's friend Paul Jones in April; the engagement of former Bryn Mawr classmate Rosalind Romeyn in July and her marriage to William (Billy) Everdell, Jr., in November; and the marriage of future brother-in-law Charles O'Conor Sloane to Adelaide Kernan in November.

Many of the letters by John Sloane discuss the business of the Sloane Aeroplane Co., which was established in 1912 to manufacture, repair, and sell propellers, motors, and other airplane parts. Included are references to John's decision to participate in the air races at the Chicago Air Show in September, which prevented him from joining Madeleine at Monhegan Island; his controversy with aviation pioneer George Miller Dyott; and the establishment of the Sloane School of Aviation at Dominguez Field, California, in November.

In addition, there are twenty letters from September and October that relate to the final illness of Mary Valinda Miller. While Mina Edison was away in Akron tending to her dying mother, Thomas Edison assembled a small group of experimenters known as the "Insomnia Squad" to tackle a problem relating to the mass production of the inventor's new disc phonograph records. Several letters written by Madeleine during this period contain comments about the work of the Insomnia Squad and her father's erratic sleeping habits. There is also a lengthy description by Madeleine of the luncheon in honor of Edison given by the New York Edison Co. in New York City on October 9, including her impressions of inventor Nikola Tesla. The letters by Mina Edison document the final month of Mary Valinda Miller's life and alternate between expressions of hope for her mother's eventual recovery and resignation to the reality of her imminent death.

Other topics discussed in the correspondence include John's jealousy of Henry Watkins (Wat) Ellerson, Madeleine's would-be suitor from Virginia; Madeleine's frustrations with being a "dependent relation," her desire for privacy and autonomy, and her efforts to seek outside employment, which were thwarted by her father; the strained relationship between Mina and Madeleine resulting from Mina's disapproval of her daughter's romance with John; Mina's eventual decision to allow the couple to formally announce their engagement; fourteen-year-old Theodore Edison's launching of an in-house publication called Edison Works Monthly; and Thomas Edison's endorsement of Theodore Roosevelt in the presidential election. Throughout the correspondence, there are numerous introspective comments by Madeleine regarding her relationship with John, her feelings of insecurity, and her belief that John was neglecting her to promote his career.

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Document Count: 156
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Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Miller, John Vincent; Byllesby, Henry Marison; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva; Meadowcroft, William Henry) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications [Cover Document and Attachment]
(Whelan, Miss, (Glenmont Employee)) Edison-Miller family
01/15/1912 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Seiberling, Franklin Augustus; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Aviation [Cover Document and Attachment]
Edison-Miller family
(Sloane, Thomas O'Conor ) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Romeyn, Rosalind; Ellerson, Henry Watkins; Everdell, William, Jr; Miller, John Vincent; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Race, religion, ethnicity; Literature
03/02/1912 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Seminole Lodge and Fort Myers; Thompson, Julia; Sloane, John Eyre) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Seminole Lodge and Fort Myers; Thompson, Julia; James, Margaret Mary; Romeyn, Rosalind; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Natural disasters; Aviation
(New York Herald; Colgate, Henry Auchincloss; Schreiner, Olive; Edison, Charles) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Literature; Aviation
(James, Margaret Mary; Romeyn, Rosalind; Miller, John Vincent; Edison, William Leslie) Edison-Miller family; Automobiles and trucks
(Seminole Lodge and Fort Myers; Romeyn, Rosalind; Edison, Charles) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Natural disasters; Health and safety
(Romeyn, Rosalind; Everdell, William, Jr; Taylor, Henry Ling) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Literature; Labor; Health and medicine
(Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Sloane Aeroplane Co) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation
(Van Tine, Addison Allen) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation
(Ellerson, Ida Watkins) Edison-Miller family
(Thompson, Julia; Condict, Stephen Hugo; Smith, Guyot; Borden, Albert Greene) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Natural disasters
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Newspapers, books, other publications; Motion pictures
(Sloane, Thomas O'Conor ; Romeyn, Rosalind; Teed, Cyrus; Schreiner, Olive; Koreshan Unity) Edison-Miller family; Religion and spirituality; Newspapers, books, other publications; Literature; Social customs, norms, values
(Romeyn, Rosalind; Allen, William Harvey; Aeronautical Society (New York); Schreiner, Olive) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Literature; General economic and business conditions; Aviation
(Ellerson, Henry Watkins; Mars, James Caren; Sloane School of Aviation; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Music; Aviation
(Thompson, Julia; James, Margaret Mary; Romeyn, Rosalind; Ellerson, Ida Watkins) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Literature
(Aeronautical Society (New York); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Sports, leisure, recreation; Visual arts [Cover Document and Attachment]
(Menge, John Frederick) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation
(Glenmont; Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications [Cover Document and Attachment]
(Ellerson, Henry Watkins) Edison-Miller family
(Thompson, Julia; James, Margaret Mary; Romeyn, Rosalind; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Literature; Social customs, norms, values; Health and medicine
(Sloane, Charles O'Conor; Sloane, Adelaide Kernan (Mrs Charles O.); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); TAE health; Health and medicine
(Thompson, Julia; James, Margaret Mary; Romeyn, Rosalind; Ott, Frederick Paul; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Sports, leisure, recreation; Aviation
(Thompson, Julia; Romeyn, Rosalind; Foster, Anna Story; Monhegan Island (Maine); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Visual arts; Reforms
(Miller, Louise Igoe (Mrs Robert A.); Miller, Mary Emily) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays)
Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family)
(Sloane, Alice Mary, (Mrs Arthur Anderson); Raymond, Edward Holman, Jr) Edison-Miller family; Travel; Health and medicine
(Harriman, Edward Henry; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; TAE opinions and prejudices; Labor [Cover Document and Attachment; Marginalia by Edison, Madeleine]
(Denison, Elsa; Harriman, Edward Henry; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Labor [Attachment/Enclosure]
(Miller, Mary Emily; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Health and medicine
(Jones, Paul; Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis)) Edison-Miller family; Health and medicine
(Miller, Elizabeth; Miller, John Vincent; Miller, Grace A) Edison-Miller family; Expositions, demonstrations, lectures; Aviation
(Clark, Genevieve Bennett (Mrs Champ); Clark, James Beauchamp (Champ)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Politics and government; Aviation
(Clark, Genevieve Bennett (Mrs Champ); Sloane, John Eyre; Williams, George Joseph) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Social customs, norms, values
(Bryn Mawr College; Addams, Jane; Smith, Guyot; Miller, Mary Emily; Nichols, William Wallace) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Visual arts
(Sloane Aeroplane Co) Edison-Miller family; Education; Aviation
(Douglass, Carol; Dyott, George Miller; Edison, Charles; Walton, Florence Louise; Byllesby, Henry Marison; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Travel (TAE and family); Social customs, norms, values; Health and medicine
(Miller, Lewis Alexander) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Sports, leisure, recreation; Expositions, demonstrations, lectures; Health and medicine
(Miller, John Vincent; Miller, Ira Mandeville; Miller, Louise Igoe (Mrs Robert A.); Miller, Grace A; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
(Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co; Bryn Mawr Club; Miller, John Vincent; Miller, Lewis Alexander; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Sales and service; Aviation
(Harper and Bros; Denison, Elsa; Miller, Mary Emily; Nichols, William Wallace) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Newspapers, books, other publications
Edison-Miller family
Edison-Miller family
(Edison, Charles; Miller, John Vincent) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Edison, Thomas Alva; Williams, George Joseph) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Automobiles and trucks
(Bryn Mawr College) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Education; Expositions, demonstrations, lectures; Health and medicine
(Sloane, Alice Mary, (Mrs Arthur Anderson); Kauffmann, Reginald Wright; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Education; Literature
Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Sports, leisure, recreation
(Thompson, Julia; Monhegan Island (Maine); Parker, Walter Robert; Parker, Margaret Watson (Mrs Walter R.); Edison, Charles) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Race, religion, ethnicity; Social customs, norms, values
(Johns Hopkins University; Thompson, Julia; Bryn Mawr College; Parker, Walter Robert; Parker, Margaret Watson (Mrs Walter R.); Rotan, Katherine Livingston; Chase, Adelaide Cole; Sloane, John Eyre) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Visual arts; Sales and service; Health and medicine; Aviation
(Thompson, Julia; Gregory, Margaret Robinson; Monhegan Island (Maine); Upton, Francis Robbins; Upton, Margaret Storm (Mrs Francis R.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Labor
(Thompson, Julia; Thompson, Julia Watson (Mrs Slason); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Sales and service; Aviation
(Thompson, Julia; Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Monhegan Island (Maine); Dyott, George Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Labor
(Gregory, Margaret Robinson; Gregory, Alice Weston Merritt; Whelan, Miss, (Glenmont Employee); Edison, Charles; Sloane, John Eyre; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Sales and service; Aviation; Electric battery
Edison-Miller family
(Van Tine, Addison Allen) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Aviation
Edison-Miller family; Sales and service; Aviation
(Monhegan Island (Maine)) Edison-Miller family; Travel; Aviation
(Monhegan Island (Maine); Grace Note (Cottage); Walton, Florence Louise) Edison-Miller family [Cover Document and Attachment]
Edison-Miller family; Aviation
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Monhegan Island (Maine)) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation
Edison-Miller family; Travel; Theater; Aviation
Edison-Miller family; Visual arts; Theater; Labor; Aviation
(Aeronautical Society (New York)) Edison-Miller family; Travel; Aviation
Edison-Miller family; Travel; Theater
(Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Visual arts
(Sloane, Thomas O'Conor ; Vedrines, Emile; Prevost, Maurice Lucien; Van Tine, Addison Allen) Edison-Miller family; Travel; Contracts and other legal concerns; Expositions, demonstrations, lectures; Aviation
(Monhegan Island (Maine); Walton, Florence Louise) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Visual arts
(West Orange Laboratory; Thompson, Julia; Vedrines, Emile; Prevost, Maurice Lucien; Sweetzer, Kate; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Visual arts; Research and development; Disc record and duplicating technology
08/31/1912 Sloane, John Eyre to Edison, Madeleine -- Telegrams and Cables
(Vedrines, Emile; Prevost, Maurice Lucien) Edison-Miller family; Aviation
(Monhegan Island (Maine)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Monhegan Island (Maine); Vedrines, Emile; Prevost, Maurice Lucien; Schmidt, Henry H) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Race, religion, ethnicity; Music
(Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Anderson, Arthur Marvin) Edison-Miller family; Accidents, fires, explosions; Automobiles and trucks
(Miller, Margaret) Edison-Miller family; Literature
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Automobiles and trucks
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Aviation
Edison-Miller family; Travel
(Ellerson, Henry Watkins; Smith, Guyot; Bogue, Lucy Durfee) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications; Visual arts; Reforms
Edison-Miller family; Health and medicine
Edison-Miller family
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
(Vedrines, Emile; Prevost, Maurice Lucien) Edison-Miller family; Aviation
09/10/1912 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family
(Dyott, George Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Edison Works Monthly; Monhegan Island (Maine); Walton, Florence Louise; Edison, Theodore Miller) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Sports, leisure, recreation; Newspapers, books, other publications; Visual arts; Music
09/11/1912 Sloane, John Eyre to Edison, Madeleine -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family; Travel
(Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Visual arts; Health and safety
(Dyott, George Miller) Edison-Miller family; Travel
Edison-Miller family
(Ellerson, Henry Watkins; Bouldin, William, III; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); TAE personality and character; Health and medicine
Edison-Miller family
Edison-Miller family
(Ellerson, Henry Watkins) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
09/20/1912 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis)) Edison-Miller family; Health and medicine
(Dix, John Alden; Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Williams, Arthur; Edison, Thomas Alva; New York Edison Co; Gaynor, William Jay) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Awards and honors; Research and development
(Shriver, Maude (Mrs Harry T.); Miller, John Vincent; Edison, Theodore Miller; Bogue, Lucy Durfee; Colgate, Margaret Auchincloss (Mrs Richard M.); Miller, Emily Huntington; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Research and development; Health and medicine [Photocopy (Incomplete)]
(Edison Works Monthly; Miller, Lewis; Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Edison, Theodore Miller; Miller, Grace A) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays)
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Edison, Theodore Miller; Miller, Louise Igoe (Mrs Robert A.); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Miller, Rachel Alice; Miller, Margaret) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Race, religion, ethnicity; Newspapers, books, other publications; Health and medicine
Edison-Miller family
(Mary (Servant); Romeyn, Rosalind; George Junior Republic; Elizabeth (Glenmont Parlor Maid); Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Edison, Theodore Miller; Williams, Arthur; Edison, Thomas Alva; Williams, George Joseph; New York Edison Co; Law, Clarence L) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; TAE opinions and prejudices; Awards and honors; Travel (TAE and family); Labor; Research and development; Health and medicine
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Miller, Grace A; Miller, Mary Emily; Edison, Thomas Alva; New York Edison Co) Edison-Miller family; Awards and honors; Health and medicine
(Romeyn, Rosalind; Ebbert, Miss, (Nurse); Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Miller, Grace A; Edison, Thomas Alva; New York Edison Co) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Awards and honors; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); New York Edison Co) Edison-Miller family; Awards and honors; Health and medicine
(Wells, Carolyn; Fiske, Bradley Allen; Mero-Irion, Yolanda; Sprague, Frank Julian; Hutchison, Miller Reese; Edison, Simeon Ogden; Edison, Thomas Alva; New York Edison Co) Edison-Miller family; Clubs and societies; Research and development; Ships, yachts, and other vessels; Military
(Sloane, Charles O'Conor; Romeyn, Rosalind; Everdell, William, Jr; Fiske, Bradley Allen; Borden, Albert Greene; Nichols, Beatrice; Hutchison, Miller Reese; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Sports, leisure, recreation; Ships, yachts, and other vessels
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Edison, Theodore Miller; Miller, Louise Igoe (Mrs Robert A.)) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; TAE opinions and prejudices; City-urban
Edison-Miller family; Travel
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Deaths and funerals
Edison-Miller family; Newspapers, books, other publications; Photography
(Thompson, Julia) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
11/25/1912 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
11/26/1912 Kernan, Mrs Nicholas Edward and Sloane, John Eyre -- Invitations and Announcements
(Sloane, Charles O'Conor; Sloane, Adelaide Kernan (Mrs Charles O.)) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays)