The selected items in this folder cover the years 1922-1931. They consist primarily of letters from Mary Miller Nichols to her older sister Mina Miller Edison. Some of the letters were written by Mary's husband William Wallace Nichols or jointly by Mary and William, and one is by Mary's sister-in-law Ida Nichols Holt. Included are references to Thomas Edison's work, health, and travel, his paternal and spousal roles, his relations with members of the Miller family, and the Golden Jubilee of the electric light in 1929. Additional items concern the treatment of Mary and William at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, visits with the Edison family at their winter home in Fort Myers, and the 1929 centennial of the birth of Lewis Miller held at Chautauqua. Among the numerous references to Edison's final illness in 1931 are a letter by Otto H. Falk, president of Allis-Chalmers, in response to a request by William Nichols for goats milk for Edison and a letter by Nichols, written a month before Edison's death, regarding funeral arrangements.
Additional letters by Mary Miller Nichols and William W. Nichols can be found elsewhere in the Part V Family Records Series, in the Charles Edison Fund Collection, and in the David E. E. Sloane Collection. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.