This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's family. Among the items for 1917 are letters pertaining to an ongoing misunderstanding between Mina Miller Edison and composer Luigi Romano regarding his efforts to obtain a photograph of Pope Benedict XV. Also included is a communication from Edison's personal assistant William H. Meadowcroft inviting Mrs. Edison and her friends to attend a lecture on the war being given at his house by the famous Arctic explorer and war correspondent Frank A. Kleinschmidt. In addition, there are letters regarding the double spark plug invented by son William Leslie Edison and an appendicitis operation undergone by son Charles Edison, along with inquiries about the whereabouts of daughter Marion Edison Oeser, who was living in Germany when the war broke out. Other letters refer to the illnesses of niece Nellie Edison Poyer and her son (and former Edison employee) Charles Poyer. Additional family members who appear as correspondents include uncle Charles O. Edison; second cousin Mary Richardson French; Mary Edison (Mame) Holzer, Edison's niece from his first marriage; nephew Robert A. Miller, Jr.; and cousin Nancy Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wadsworth.
Approximately 30 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists of routine correspondence about financial and legal transactions, some pertaining to Mrs. Edison; complaints about Thomas A. Edison, Jr., and inquiries about money paid to him; unanswered requests for letters or phonographs from very distant relatives; and items marked "no ans" by Edison. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.