- [189-?]-2014 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
282 bankers boxes of textual, visual and audio-visual records (plus 19 flat/oversize boxes, and items on shelf).
Material located at Downsview Offsite Storage and the 2B Annex.
Name of creator
The material in this collection was selected, gathered and described over a period of several years by Bata employees and professional archivists hired by the company as part of their internal Bata Archives Canada initiative. Many records have been excluded and, at various points, rearranged, thus this collection should not be considered a complete archive of the Canadian Bata Shoe Company. The collection was acquired by the Library directly from Bata Limited in 2014, then arranged by an archivist. It is important to note that the descriptions were generated by Bata archivists (at times with input from Sonja Bata and other Bata employees), so many of the notes included below may provide important contextual detail. The
Office of Thomas J. Bata series is composed of material removed from the Toronto office of Thomas J. Bata. The Bata Shoe Museum Fonds and the Philip Nutt private collection contain material accumulated by the Bata Shoe Museum and former Bata executive Philip Nutt respectively. These three collections have been kept separate–therefore some material from these groupings will overlap. (For example, Marketing and Promotional Material can be found in the Office of Thomas J. Bata Fonds, the Bata Company Records, the Bata Shoe Museum AND in the Philip Nutt Collections). All of the other series are comprised of files that have been brought together from multiple sources, thus the exact archival history of each item in the general collection cannot readily be determined.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Bata Shoe Company, 2014
Content and structure area
Scope and content
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 organization’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.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
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Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request