Fonds 41 - Bader Family fonds

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CA ON00399 41

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Bader Family fonds

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  • 2000 (Creation)
  • 1975 (Creation)
  • 1949-1951 (Creation)

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Fonds

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12 cm of textual records
1 audio cassette

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Biographical history

Alfred Bader was born in Vienna, Austria in 1924. After Kristallnacht he was included in the first Kindertransport from Vienna to Britain in December 1938. In 1940 he was interned in a British detention centre until being transferred to another centre on Quebec’s Ile aux Noix later that year; while there he studied for McGill University’s matriculation exams, passing them in 1941. After World War II he studied chemistry and engineering at Queen’s University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1945. Emigrating to the United States, he pursued graduate studies at Harvard, earning an M.Sc. in organic chemistry in 1948 and then a Ph.D. in 1949. During a sea voyage to Liverpool that year he met Isabel Overton.

After his studies Bader began work as a research chemist with PPG Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1950–1954, and then became chief chemist for Aldrich Chemicals Company (1954–55), and subsequently its president (1955–81) and chairman (1981–91). He served as president of Sigma-Aldritch Corporation (1975–80) and its chairman (1980–91), then as chairman emeritus (1991–92). Alfred Bader became a nauralized citizen of the United States in 1964. He has received honourary degrees from several universities in the United States, Canada and England.

Isabel Louise Overton was born in northern Ontario and graduated from Victoria University in 1949 (DLittS Vic ’95). After touring England in the summer of 1949 she accepted a teaching post at St. Francis School, Bexhill-on-Sea in Sussex, where she taught drama, French and Spanish and established a costume museum. She remained there until her marriage to Alfred Bader in 1982. In 2000 the Isabel Bader Theatre was completed at Victoria University.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired from Alfred and Isabel Bader in 2000.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence from Isabel (Overton) Bader to Alfred Bader, 1949-1951, 1975; correspondence from Alfred to Isabel, 1975; correspondence from Mrs. Overton to Alfred, 1949, 1951; and records re "A Canadian In Love", the published collection of letters with an introduction by Roseann Runte, 2000.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Typescripts or photocopies of correspondence should be consulted instead of originals.

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Related units of description

A Canadian in love (F1034.3.B32 A4) is available in the Victoria University Library.

Adventures of a chemist collector by Alfred Bader (QD 22 .B15A3) is also available in the Library's Laure Riese Collection.

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Letters from Isabel to Alfred are contained in envelopes that have been numbered by Alfred according to date received.

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