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Bader Family fonds
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1949-1951, 1975, 2000 (Creation)
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12 cm of textual records
1 audio cassette
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Name of creator
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 naturalized citizen of the United States in 1964. He has received honourary degrees from several universities in the United States, Canada and England. He passed away in 2018.
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. She passed away in 2022.
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 relating to A Canadian In Love, the published collection of letters with an introduction by Roseann Runte, 2000.
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Acquired from Alfred and Isabel Bader in 2000.
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Typescripts or photocopies of correspondence should be consulted instead of originals.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
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 Rièse Collection.
No further accruals are expected.
Letters from Isabel to Alfred are contained in envelopes that have been numbered by Alfred according to date received.