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These documents, which cover the years 1893-1898, consists primarily of correspondence from Theodore Westwood Miller (1875-1898) to his older sister, Mina Miller Edison. Other recipients include Thomas, Madeleine, and Charles Edison and Mary V. and Grace Miller. The letters discuss Theodore's education at Yale University; visits to Glenmont, the Edison home in Llewellyn Park, New Jersey; and outings with Charles and Madeleine. Also included are letters and clippings relating to Miller’s enlistment in the Rough Riders and his death in the Spanish-American War. A clipping from the Akron Beacon Journal entitled "Death of a Hero" contains a transcription of a diary kept by Miller during his service with the Rough Riders in June 1898. Also included in the clipping is a transcription of a letter from Theodore to his mother, written one week after he was wounded in the Battle of San Juan Hill and one day before he died.
There are approximately 150 letters and other documents by and about Theodore W. Miller in Book #28 on the Charles Edison Fund microfilm. Click here for a list of all the correspondence books on the microfilm. In addition to the 21 items presented here, one other letter (from Book #26) can be found in the Family Records Series in Part III of the Thomas A. Edison Papers digital edition. Eleven additional letters from Theodore to his parents Lewis and Mary Valinda Miller can be found among the family letters at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates. A biography of Miller, including selections from his diary, can be found in Theodore W. Miller: Rough Rider (Akron, 1899), Google Books. Courtesy of the Charles Edison Fund.