Fonds F2493 - Alfred Bader fonds

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Alfred Bader fonds

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  • 1900-2019 (Creation)
    Bader, Alfred

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9.40 m of textual records and other materials

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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. Alfred Bader died on December 23, 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 2014, the Isabel Bader Centre of Performing Arts was officially opened at Queen's University.

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Fonds consists of an essay, written by Dr. Alfred Bader, describing his disappointment surrounding an earlier gift he had made to an art gallery in Wisconsin; correspondence relating mainly to his work in chemistry and his life as a gallery owner, art dealer, and art critic; subject files; papers documenting his early life in England, Canada, and the United States; records pertaining to his numerous travels around the world; writings and various publications; drafts and mss. in connection one of his memoirs entitled "Chemistry and Art: More Adventures of a Chemist Collector"; photographs. It also includes his POW shirt from WWII.

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Good to Excellent

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Donated by A. Bader and I. Bader.


This material came in in multiple accessions from various locations. Much of it had no arrangement scheme to be discerned and therefore each accession was dealt with individually. there is a fair amount of duplication and disbursement of the material in the fonds.

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  • English

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2236.4 SE
F5 C2
F5 C3

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Open, with the permission of the University Archivist.

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Copyright provisions may apply. Please consult with an archivist.

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See also the Bader family fonds at Victoria University:

See also the Alfred Bader Family Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish Studies:

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  • Shelf: 2236.4 SE
  • Shelf: 5095.5
  • Shelf: 5169
  • Shelf: 2291.16
  • Shelf: SR1255
  • Shelf: QArt-101
  • Shelf: QArt-79
  • Shelf: 2134.4
  • Shelf: F5 C2
  • Shelf: F5 C3