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The selected documents in this series consist primarily of letters to and from Edisonâ€™s second wife, Mina Miller Edison. Although some are addressed jointly to Mina and Thomas Edison, there are few letters to or from Thomas Edison. The correspondents include Mina's mother, Mary Valinda Miller; sisters Grace Miller Hitchcock and Mary Miller Nichols; sister-in-law Louise Igoe Miller; children Madeleine (Sloane), Charles, and Theodore; and stepchildren Marion (Oeser), Thomas Jr., and William. There are also letters by nephew Robert Anderson Miller, Jr., and nieces Rachel Miller and Marian Nichols. The correspondence contains numerous references to Edisonâ€™s health, travel, and work; his homes in West Orange, New Jersey, and Fort Myers, Florida; his parental and spousal roles; and the roles of his sons in his companies. The documents were donated to the Edison National Historical Park during the 1990s by the Charles Edison Fund, Newark, N.J. Selections from related letters still owned by the Fund can be found in the Charles Edison Fund Collection in the digital edition.
Approximately 60 per cent of the correspondence for the years 1911-1930 has been selected. All of the letters containing information directly related to Edison, his wife, and children have been selected, as have numerous other letters documenting significant events in the Edison and Miller families or shedding light on the personalities of family members. In addition to the correspondence, the Charles Edison Fund collection contains an extensive series of genealogical records, newspaper and magazine articles, and other printed material, as well as press releases, transcripts of speeches, audio tape recordings, films, and photographs. Most of this non-correspondence has not been selected. A finding aid is available at the Edison National Historical Park. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.