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These three sets of documents relate to Madeleine Edison's impressions of Thomas Edison as a father and her feelings about growing up as the child of a famous inventor. There are comments about Edison's ancestry; his health, including his deafness and his stomach problems; his inventions; his working habits, his fondness for teasing; and various practical jokes that the children played on their father. Also included are remarks by Madeleine regarding various apocryphal stories about her father, along with comments about her interest in the Edison Birthplace Museum and a description of Ballintory, the Sloane's waterfront home in Talbot County, Maryland.
"Edison the Father" (1940). Two-page article from an unidentified publication. There is also a five-page draft of the article in Madeleine's handwriting and two photocopies.
"Father As a Parent." Undated, ca. 1940s? Three pages of handwritten notes. The third page ends in mid-sentence, and the remaining pages are blank. Another note, written on a half sheet of yellow paper, may be related to the previous notes.