These letters consist primarily of correspondence from Mina Miller Edison (1865-1947) to her husband and children, her mother Mary Valinda Miller, and other members of the Miller family. The letters cover the years 1884, 1889, 1898 and 1908-1931. Included are four letters written during the Edisons' 1889 visit to England and France and four letters written during their 1911 European tour.
One additional letter written from France in 1889 can be found in the Family Records Series in Part III of the Thomas A. Edison Papers digital edition. Also included are letters regarding the education of stepson William L. Edison and son Charles Edison and the health of Thomas Edison during his final illness. One of the letters is signed jointly by Mina and Thomas Edison.
An address by Mina to the Chautauqua Bird and Tree Club, probably dating from 1927, was added in January 2013. Nine letters, written during the period June 25-September 14, 1884, were added in September 2014. They relate to a trip to the British Isles and France that Mina took along with her older sister Jane (Jennie), older brother Lewis, and younger sisters Mary (Mame) and Grace. The first letter was written abroad ship en route to Ireland. The remaining letters pertain to visits to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Paris. In addition to comments about the places they visited, there are remarks about family members back home, including the health of Mina's father, Lewis Miller, and her uncle, Jacob Miller. There is also mention of various family friends whom Mina saw, or hoped to see, during her trip. A typewritten transcription follows each handwritten letter. These transcriptions are part of the collection and were prepared by the staff of the Charles Edison Fund.
The letters are from Books #5, #7, #14, #22, and #35 on the Charles Edison microfilm and from five correspondence boxes not on the microfilm: (1) "Mina's Letter[s] from Mother and Father Mary and Lewis Miller"; (2) "Original Telegrams. Thomas Edison's Children"; (3) "Letters to Father and Mina from Thomas Alva Edison's 1st marriage: Thomas, Jr; William, Marion"; (4) "Charles & Carolynn Edison's Letters to Mother & Father"; (5) "Dear Charles Edison's Letters: Grandparents, Sisters/Brothers, Aunts/Uncles, Cousins, Friends' Letters." Click here for a list of all the correspondence books on the Charles Edison Fund microfilm.
Click here for a list of boxes with correspondence not on the microfilm. Numerous additional letters from Mina Edison to family members, including Thomas Edison, can be found among the family letters at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates and in the Family Records Series in Part IV and Part V of the Thomas A. Edison Papers microfilm edition.
Please note: The images in this folder were scanned from microfilm owned by CEF or from original documents in the possession of CEF. Some of the letters on the microfilm were subsequently donated to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. These items are so indicated in the document information frame above each image. Courtesy of the Charles Edison Fund and Thomas Edison National Historical Park.