John A. Bader II business papersCreation: 1932-1960
John A. Bader II (1895-1961) was a Wilmington, Delaware, building contractor active during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The records are primarily Bader's business papers. The collection includes engineer's field books, diaries of trips, and job notes. Eight volumes contain profit and loss statements, cost accounting for jobs, records of checks paid, and files on individual construction jobs.
- Creation: 1932-1960
- Bader, John A., 1895-1961 (Person)
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John A. Bader II (1895-1961) was a Wilmington, Delaware, building contractor active during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The firm was founded by his father as J.A. Bader & Co. in 1910 and became known for specializing in reinforced concrete construction. John A. Bader left his father's firm and did business under his own name as "John A. Bader, II" from 1932 until his death in 1961. Bader's work was primarily confined to New Castle County, Delaware, and was limited to private construction projects, residences, interiors, and small buildings. It included commercial and industrial buildings, as well as the Delaware Park race track. A large portion of his work was for William du Pont Jr. (1896-1965), both at his principal estate, Bellevue Hall, north of Wilmington and at other properties at Saratoga Springs, New York; Fairhill, Maryland; Boyce, Virginia; and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
The records are primarily Bader's business papers. They include some calculations and estimates by others, but also John A. Bader II's engineer's field book, diaries of trips (1917-1918), and job notes. Ten pocket notebooks are from the period of his father's business (1904-1922).
Records of John A. Bader II's business include eight volumes (1933-1958), containing profit and loss statements, cost accounting for jobs, and records of checks paid. There are also loose accounts, auditor's reports, licenses, and tax returns. Files on individual construction jobs include daily reports on time and materials, correspondence with subcontractors and others, blueprints, invoices, statements and payrolls, purchase orders, building permits, employee accident reports, price estimates, specifications, insurance binders, and newsclippings. The largest number of jobs are for William du Pont Jr. and his sister, Marion du Pont Scott. Others include Delaware Park, the Goldey Beacom School of Business, alterations to the Delaware Trust Building, Amalgamated Leather Companies, Inc., the Atlas Powder Company, and Safeway Stores, Inc.
Also included are an account book of household and business expenses (1957-1963), weekly payroll sheets (1954-1961), and records of employee tax and social security deductions (1948-1961).
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