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FAMILY RECORDS SERIES | Charles Edison Fund Collection | Edison Family Papers |

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Family Records Series

This series, which covers the years 1911-1931, contains corres- pondence and other documents relating to the members of the Edison and Miller families. Most of the selected items pertain to the activities and interests of Edison's second wife, Mina Miller Edison. The documents are from two archival record groups at the Edison National Historic Site: (1) Charles Edison Fund Collection; (2) Edison Family Papers. Finding aids are available.

Family Records Series -- Charles Edison Fund Collection

The selected documents in this series consist primarily of letters to and from Edison’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 Edison'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 Historic Site during the 1990s by the Charles Edison Fund, Newark, N.J. Selections from related letters still owned by the Fund can be found in Thomas A. Edison Papers Digital Edition, X018.

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 Historic Site. The documents appear in the following order:

Charles Edison Papers Correspondence Edisonia

Mina Edison Papers Corresporidence Chautauqua Property Estate and Will

Edison-Miller Family Papers

Theodore Edison

Thomas Alva Edison, Jr., and Beatrice Heyzer Edison William Leslie Edison and Blanche Travers Edison Grace Miller Hitchcock

Louise Igoe Miller

Rachel Alice Miller

Robert Anderson Miller, Jr.

Marian Nichols

Mary Miller Nichols and William Wallace Nichols Marion Edison Oeser and Oscar Oeser

Madeleine Edison Sloane and John Eyre Sloane

Family Records Series -- Charles Edison Fund Collection Charles Edison Papers Correspondence

These folders consist primarily of correspondence to and from Charles Edison. Many of the letters were written by his mother, Mina Miller Edison. The dated items cover the years 1912-1931, but there are also several undated letters including one that was probably written in 1908. The early correspondence relates to Charles's work at the Edison Electric Illuminating Co. of Boston, his association with the Upton Brothers in San Francisco, and his first years with Thomas A. Edison, Inc. The letters by Mina Edison discuss Thomas Edison’s wartime experiments off the coast of Long Island and their extended stay in Washington, D.C.; Charles's involvement in his father’s business enterprises; the economic, social, and political climate in the country after World War |; and her attitude toward communism and the Soviet Union. There are also numerous references to Mina’s opinion of various Edison associates, including Miller Reese Hutchison and John F. Monnot, both of whom she disliked. Some of the letters contain remarks about Thomas Edison’s work, travel, health, and diet.

Also included are letters from genealogist Viola Root Cameron, who met with Charles in 1920 to discuss an Edison and Miller family history. A series of telegrams from Charles to his wife, Carolyn Hawkins ("Pony") Edison, 4926-1928, pertain to business-related travel. A 1928 letter by Mina Edison comments on her husband's decision to enter the radio business. A 1931 letter from the Milan Cemetery Association, with marginal notations by Thomas Edison, contains records of family plots purchased by his father, Samuel O. Edison. Other items include a letter from war hero Alvin C. York regarding his participation in a radio broadcast; a communication from Charles's friend Robert Cox, who discusses his struggles to find work in San Francisco; and a proxy vote for the stockholders meeting of the Diamond Disc Shop, Inc., sent by family friend Elizabeth ("Bessie") H. Kunz, daughter of the eminent mineralogist George Frederick Kunz.

Approximately 60 percent of the letters for 1912-1931 have been selected.

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Boston, July 24, 1912.

Mr. Charles Edison, c/o Thomas A. Edison, Orange, N. J.

Dear Mr. Edison:- Ihave just returned from my vacation and I find your letter, which I see has been acinowledged by Mr. Buckley. I am very sorry you will not be able to ace cept the position and I had to give up the idea of carrying out this class of work as I could not get enough of the people

interested in the matter, but I could have made good use of

you had you been able to accepte

I hope you will feel better as the time goes on and I also hove that you will give us as much of your time over here this summer and during the Electric Show as possible.

With kindest regards, I beg to remain,

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Regerding the question of securing motion pictures to post illustrate the interests of the Unitoa Shoe Hachinery Com- pany, I feel after going over the matter vory carofully with your lr. Parsons and Mr. Cahill and observing the films, that it 4s possible to secure far better results than those olreaay ob- teinea by cooperation with your representatives and the operators of the Film Compsny.

‘In order to make a picture story of interest and comment to the general public it should be first determined oxactly what result you desire to have remain in the public mind. By start- ing the film vith proliminary views of the industry and gradually ‘leading to. the. finished product this result can be best obtained.

Otherwise,- first show ancient methods -~ then show in dotail,and

possibly go so far as to use miercscopic onlergements of the re-

sults obtained by the use of modern machinery, the construction and appearance of the most modorn end up-to-date machined used in shoe manufacture, a8 well as the machines in notion; keeping in mind that itis necessary to keep tho human interost idea always prominently before the public, because of the fact that you are showing the films to.an untechnical audience who are interested to Imow why they can now buy petter shoes than ever bofore and that buying shoes which are made in a certain manner thoy are securing

the best results for money expended. Othorwise, in plain English,

the films should be such that. the average school boy, after ob- serving: the films could write a fairly intelligent paper, not only

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as to how shoes are now made but why they should be made in this

mamer if the best results are oxpected. I think also that to show the process of manufacture

of foreign shoes and foot covering would serve to emphasize the fact that not only does America excel in the manufacture but that

the particular type of shoe can only be manufactured by. the use of

certain machines. Pictures alone will not be sufficient, put with titles,

sub-titles end descriptive text shown on the film it would be

, possible to make the subject thoroughly comprehensive, and much is

to be gained by eliminating, as fer as possible, tho lecture, inss-

much as no ordinary audience can follow a series of pictures and at

the same time Listen to a lecturer, cven though he be professional. The subjoct, I believo, can be thoroughly covered in four

ry to show the four, but

£ the film may

within

Pilms;approximately one hour being necessa: the story from the four 50 puilt up that two sections o be used independently so that the performance may be given thirty minutes - the cost of four films properly taken with the neces- gary positive films and handling the matter to make the seme a com- pleted subject should not sxceed 33500, for which sum dofinite satis- factory results undoubtedly could be obtained.

The entire subject might be summed up as the manufacture of the modern shoe from the layman's standpoint, end the entire question rests upon the idea as to whether you wish to plunge ahead

in a new line of thought, backing your own thought and idea to the

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sum of $3500 with definite results as against the miscellaneous ox=- :

penditure and indefinite results as already obtained. ° It is my

belief that with any less expenditure or handling the subject as an i

entirely new one will be no more beneficial than the half results

already obtained, which are satisfactory neither to yourself nor to the public.

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Mr. Charles Edison, Edison Laboratory, | Orange, New Jersey. ; i

Dear Hound: Your friend Mr. Rabbit Cax is still with us. He

has retired from the Wine Bibting Fraternity and is now hoping

that the Germans win the war ‘in order that he mey setidy , / ee ea Vt

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f his plebesan appetite. . As I am writing this letter ae Istate to yu ~

that the water wagon is a very good resting place, though I | . {, will have to admit that I have not been resting. well lately.

I am working hard both day and night; the dey shift has been

' e the one which has occupied most of my tim. San Francisco is about the same; wonderful climate,

glorious fog and beautiful ladies. I have learmed to dance and

eam now some rag artist. Your white haired friend asks. how dear Charlie is

gp that the mails do not deliver any letters from you; ©

and regret If oes |

you poor rat, breaking sweet and trusting females’ hearts.

f noaid only aes the piano I suppose I could do the ‘BANE » Sincerely, ;

FRU/S

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KINGS FARMS AND CATTLE COMPANY

REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT L. L. BRANDENBURG - F. R. UPTON, JR,

303-4-5 HEARST BUILDING MARKET AND THIRD

June 3, 1916.

SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.,

Dear Ghas:- I believe that it was some onths apo that: I heard

from you, but as T had notving adequate to tell you I never

bothered to answer. Not that I have anything toqtell you now,

put I consider this e rood way to pass the next two o#tthree

hours. The real eatatebbusiness venture of Mesrers Moulton

and Cox was excecdinply unprofitable, ond after ehbout «a year

of futile effort or lack of ef-ort the firm dissolved. Since

then Moulton has held the honorehble position of Horticultural

Commissioner of the City and County of San Francisco. Mr, Cox

has done nothine worthy of note excent look for a job ina

desulatory manner. Consequantly YT am in e verystraicghtened

finaneial condition, and am very liable to starve to death soon unless I can find a ditch without a aipser in. the vez'y near

future. I find that in spite of or because of ny excellent

education T am non compos ni mentis, ni manorun, ni pediun;

‘the pramaar is probably feulty, but never mind. You can see

above what the present activities of Francis are, and Curt bhs ©

“bern raisinr pigs and chickens, but I believe is about to retire. .

a -hear great news of Sumner's succeases, end hpoe that you

; are. doing as'vell in other ‘ways°as in furnishin= Creenwich

in + shich £ i hear. that OR, paves

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KINGS FARMS AND CATTLE COMPANY

REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT L. L. BRANDENBURG = F, R, UPTON, JR,

303-4-5 HEARST BUILDING MARKET AND THIRD

SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.,

I have a chance to off to Arizona mining arain, but I certainly hate to do it. But on the other hand I cannot find a damn thing to do around here, ane it is highly probable that I shall sturt for the desert soon. T am still livine at the Colonial Hotel and so is Francis. ve both ove so much that -e can't move and they don't like to throw us out and take the loss. A.3550 job would kook good to me rirht now. I conld at least eat in a dipnifiea manner. Among the rest of the thinrs that I learnedd at school I have forrotten how to drink; I have not had a feal - bun in nearly two years; poverty has strange results. They. tell me that your work keeps you in Kew York over night auite. often so I presume that you are not suffering for lack of stimulant and white lLirhts. Give my best to S.wmer when you see him

AS ever

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