Manuscript Collection - Bata Shoe Company Papers (Downsview Offsite)

Bata Shoe Company Papers Bata Shoe Company Papers

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Bata Shoe Company Papers (Downsview Offsite)


  • [189-?]-2014 (Creation)

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426 bankers boxes and items.

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The Bata Shoe Company was founded in Zlin, Czechsolovakia in 1894 by Tomáš Baťa (1876-1932).

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Includes corporate files from the Canadian Bata Shoe Company (including correspondence; legal and financial records; product development, marketing and promotional files; technical and production-related files, and human resources files). The bulk of the material was created by the Canadian Bata company, however many records relate to several of the oraganization’s international outposts, including companies headed in Africa, India, Asia and Europe. The collection also includes press clippings and other publications about the Bata Company and its historical significance. There are also a small number of Bata family records, primarily for Thomas J. Bata (1914-2008), Sonja I. Bata, Tomáš Baťa (1876-1932) and Marie Bata.

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