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John A. Bader II business papers

1932-1960
 Collection
Identifier: 0407

Abstract

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.

Dates

  • 1932-1960

Creator

Extent

9.5 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

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.

Content Description

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).

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
John A. Bader II business papers
Status:
Online
Author:
John Beverley Riggs
Date:
1978
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400