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Eleanor J. Bader Papers, circa 1922-2013, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mel Frizzell

Collection Overview

Title: Eleanor J. Bader Papers, circa 1922-2013, undated

ID: 00/MG 107

Primary Creator: Bader, Eleanor J.

Extent: 16.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into seven series: Series I: Personal and Family; Series II: Education; Series III: Career; Series IV: Organizations; Series V: Miscellaneous; Series VI: Multimedia; and Series VII: Oversize Materials, Memorabilia, and Artifacts.

Date Acquired: 04/10/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American Physical Therapy Association, Beta Sigma Phi, Civic leaders--United States, Delivering Inclusive Access to Disabled and Elderly Members (DIADEM), Foster Grandparent Program (U.S.), National Easter Seal Society (U.S.), Physical therapists--United States, United States. Social Security Administration, Virginia Opera Association, Virginia Symphony, Voluntarism--United States

Languages: English

Abstract

Chronicling the family and personal life, education, career, and community involvement of Eleanor J. Bader. Career includes work with the Delaware Curative Workshop, the National Easter Seal Society, and the Social Security Administration. Community involvment includes membership and volunteer work for the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony, Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, WHRO, and many other professional and civic organizations in Virginia and Delaware. Materials in the collection include personal, religious, and professional certificates, awards, and licenses; business and civic papers; conference materials; correspondence; photos; and memorabilia from her life and travels.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection documents the family and personal life, education, career, and community involvement of Eleanor J. Bader. Materials in the collection include personal, religious, and professional certificates, awards, and licenses; business and civic papers; conference materials; correspondence; photos; and memorabilia from her life and travels. The bulk of the collection covers Bader's career including her work with the Delaware Curative Workshop, the National Easter Seal Society, and the Social Security Administration.

Collection Historical Note

Eleanor Johanne Bader was born March 15, 1922, in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the daughter of John A. Bader II and Eleanor Verena Antweiler Bader and the second of three children, Francis, her older brother and Anne her younger sister.

She attended Ursuline Academy, a Catholic high school for girls, in Wilmington, graduating from high school in 1940. Ms. Bader graduated from the University of Delaware in December 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical EducationShe attended the Physical Therapy graduate program at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was awarded a certificate in Physical Therapy in 1944. At that time, the University did not grant degrees in Physical Therapy.

Ms. Bader received her certification in physical therapy in 1946 from the American Registry of Physical Therapists.  In October 1945, she joined the Delaware Curative Workshop in Wilmington, Delaware, as a founding member.  The DCW was originally funded by the Junior League. Later it was funded in part by community donations under the Red Feather/Community Chest umbrella.  The Red Feather and Community Chest organizations were founded in the late 19th century and were the forerunner of the United Way organizations. Ms. Bader was named Executive Director of the DCW in October 1950.

She resigned from the Delaware Curative Workshop in 1962 to take a position as Program Consultant with the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, now known as the Easter Seal Society, headquartered in Chicago.  Ms. Bader relocated from Wilmington to Chicago to take this position. During her career with the Easter Seal organization, Ms. Bader held a number of positions, including Director, Care and Treatment Services, and Administrator for Programs.  In 1971 Ms. Bader left the Easter Seal Society following reorganization. In 1971 Ms. Bader began her career in public service.  Her first position was in the newly formed ACTION agency working on the Foster Grandparents program. In 1972 she moved to the Social Security Administration, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, in Baltimore, Maryland. During her career with the Social Security Administration, Ms. Bader held a number of positions, including Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Supplemental Security, Services Coordinator for Evaluation, and Acting Director, OIRPC. During her career with the SSA, Ms. Bader received several commendations, including the Associate Commissioner’s Citation, 1980, and the Commissioner’s Citation, 1978. In 1984 she was named a Switzer Scholar.  This annual award recognizes individuals for achievement in the field of rehabilitation.  She participated in the Switzer Memorial Seminar that year.  She retired from the federal government in 1985 as Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner for External Liaison.  At that time she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Ms. Bader has been committed to community involvement and civic engagement with professional, volunteer, and cultural organizations throughout her life.  She continued a family tradition of civic engagement that she described as grounded in the experience of the World War I veterans who enthusiastically participated in civic life.

She was an active participant in professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.  She was a speaker at professional conferences throughout her career. In 1965 and 1967 Ms. Bader participated in the DIADEM program.  This program was an exchange program fostering relationships between disabled Danish and American youth.  In 1965 Ms. Bader organized a trip to Denmark and traveled there with an American delegation.  Fifty-three young people travelled throughout Denmark, sightseeing and exploring the Danish rehabilitation system. Two years later Ms. Bader participated in DIADEM RETURN when a delegation from Denmark visited the United States.  In 1985, she received the President’s Award of the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities for “outstanding contributions to rehabilitation services for disabled persons.” She also received an award from the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.

Ms. Bader was a member of civic organizations such as the Pilot Club International and Beta Sigma Pi during her years in Wilmington, Delaware.  She was on the boards of Catholic Social Services, Catholic Education Guild, Arthritis Foundation and the Delaware Easter Seal Society. She also was a member of a community chorus.  She was an active alumna of her alma mater, the University of Delaware.  In addition, she received the University Medal of Honor in 1984 in recognition of outstanding achievement.

In retirement she had been a volunteer with the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater.  She had been a board member of the Virginia Opera Guild, which included a term as President, the State Board of the Virginia Opera Association and the Virginia Opera Association Hampton Roads Board of Governors. Ms. Bader was also in the Virginia Symphony League.

Eleanor Bader passed away on October 12, 2013 in her home at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach.

Timeline:

1922 – Birth, Wilmington, Delaware

1940 – High School Graduation, Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, Delaware

1943 – College Graduation, B.S. Health and Physical Education, University of Delaware

1944 – Certificate in Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1945 – Physical Therapist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1945 – Founding Member of Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1945 – Physical Therapist and Assistant Director, Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1946 – Physical Therapy Certification, American Registry of Physical Therapists

1947 – Assistant Director and Chief Physical Therapist, Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1950 – Executive Director, Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1961 – Resigned as Executive Director of the Delaware Curative Workshop

1962 – Program Consultant, The National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Chicago, Illinois

1964 – Director of Care and Treatment Services, The National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Chicago, Illinois

1965 – DIADEM Trip

1967 – DIADEM Return

1967 – Administrator for Programs, The National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Chicago, Illinois

1971 – Left National Easter Seal Society as a result of reorganization.

1971 – Consultant, Domestic and Anti-Poverty Operations Older American Volunteer Programs, ACTION, Washington, D.C.

1972 – Acting Chief of the Foster Grandparents Program, ACTION, Washington, D.C.

1972 – Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Supplemental Security Income,  Social Security Administration, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Baltimore, Maryland

1974 – Director of Organization Liaison, Social Security Administration

1978 -- Acting Director, OIRPC, Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C.

1979 – Special Assistant for External Liaison, Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C.

1985 – Retired and moved to Virginia Beach

1986 – Joined Virginia Opera Association

1987 – Joined Virginia Opera Guild

1987 – Became a Virginia Opera Docent

1988 – Joined Virginia Symphony Orchestra League

2013 – Death, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Subject/Index Terms

American Physical Therapy Association
Beta Sigma Phi
Civic leaders--United States
Delivering Inclusive Access to Disabled and Elderly Members (DIADEM)
Foster Grandparent Program (U.S.)
National Easter Seal Society (U.S.)
Physical therapists--United States
United States. Social Security Administration
Virginia Opera Association
Virginia Symphony
Voluntarism--United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: A second accession was received in 2013.

Alternate Extent Statement: 13 Hollinger document cases; 7 Half-Hollinger document cases; 2 multimedia boxes; 2 notebook boxes; 3 clamshell boxes, and 2 oversize boxes.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Eleanor J. Bader

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2010-10

Related Materials: Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Eleanor J. Bader

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Eleanor J. Bader Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The finding aid was created by Mel Frizzell, Special Collections Assistant, from 2010-2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was revised in 2013 after an addition to the collection was received.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal and Family, circa 1922-2013, undated],
[Series II: Education, circa 1930-1999, undated],
[Series III: Career, circa 1940-1989, undated],
[Series IV: Organizations, circa 1940-2011, undated],
[Series V: Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1959, undated],
[Series VI: Multimedia, circa 1940-2009, undated],
[Series VII: Oversize Materials, Memorabilia, and Artifacts, circa 1929-2009, undated],
[All]

Series III: Career, circa 1940-1989, undated
This series contains materials related to Eleanor Bader’s career.
Sub-Series A: Delaware Curative Workshop, circa 1940-1971, undated
This sub-series contains materials related to Eleanor Bader’s time with the Delaware Curative Workshop including correspondence, meetings, newsletters, news clippings, speeches, conference information, and reports. Also included are materials related to the testimonial dinner for Eleanor Bader upon leaving the Delaware Curative Workshop and materials related to her involvement with the Delaware Society for Crippled Children before she was hired by the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults. Material is broken into sub-headings which are then arranged alphabetically.
Box 6
Folder 1: Articles and Speeches, circa 1950-1969
Folder 2: Catholic Welfare Guild, 1961
Folder 3: Committee on Services for the Handicapped, 1951
Folder 4: Correspondence, circa 1940-1969
Folder 5: Development of the Delaware Curative Workshop, 1944-1950
Folder 6: Events, circa 1940-1969
Folder 7: Newsletters, 1955
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, circa 1940-1969
Folder 9: Scrapbook, 1954
Folder 10: “The Story of Sue and the Delaware Curative Workshop” (Booklet), undated
Folder 11: Welfare Council News, 1954
Box 7
Folder 1: Association of Rehabilitation Centers, 1962-1963
Folder 2: Conferences of Rehabilitation Centers and Facilities, 1959-1961
Folder 3: Medical Society of Delaware, 159th Annual Session, 1948 September 13-15
Folder 4: National Rehabilitation Association, Region II Conference, 1950-1955
Folder 5: National Training Laboratory in Group Development, Staff and Delegates, 1955-1956
Folder 6: White House Conference on Children, 1960
Folder 7: Annual Reports, 1954-1960
Folder 8: A Plan for the Conference of Rehabilitation Centers (Report), 1958
Folder 9: Progress Report, 1945-1967
Folder 10: Report of the Executive Director, 1961 December 8
Folder 11: Testimonial Dinner for Eleanor J. Bader, 1961 December 11
Folder 12: Testimonial Dinner for Eleanor J. Bader, Album, 1961 December 11
Box 8
Item 1: Notebook Box: Reports, 1950-1961
Iincludes treasurer’s reports, board of directors meeting minutes, memos, monthly service reports, committee minutes
Box 9
Folder 1: Annual Meetings, 1955-1960
Folder 2: Annual Reports, 1955-1956
Folder 3: Board of Trustees, circa 1950-1959
Folder 4: Building Committee, 1956
Folder 5: Business Card: Eleanor Bader, Delaware Curative Workshop, undated
Folder 6: Bylaws, undated
Folder 7: Camp Committees, 1955-1956
Folder 8: Committees–Miscellaneous, 1956-1959
Folder 9: Easter Seal Campaign, 1956-1960
Folder 10: Executive Committee, 1955-1960
Folder 11: Finance Committee, 1955-1960
Folder 12: International Society for the Welfare of Cripples, 1955
Folder 13: News Clippings, 1955-1956
Folder 14: Nominating Committee, 1956-1961
Folder 15: Notes, 1956
Folder 16: Personnel Committee, 1956-1961
Folder 17: Planning Committee, 1963-1971
Folder 18: Plans and Proposals, undated
Folder 19: Program Committee, 1959-1960
Folder 20: Special Meetings of the Board of Trustees, 1955-1956
Folder 21: Study Committee, 1956
Sub-Series B: National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, circa 1960-1971
First called the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, the organization later changed its name to the National Easter Seal Society. This sub-series contains materials related to Eleanor Bader’s time working for this organization. Material includes correspondence, committee information, meetings, newsletters, news clippings, speeches, conference information, reports, and personnel information for Eleanor Bader. Of note are materials related to the DIADEM trip of 1965, a trip involving a delegation of disabled children from the United States to Denmark to foster relationships between disabled American and Danish youth. Material is broken into sub-headings which are then arranged alphabetically.
Box 10
Folder 1: Annual Meeting, 1966
Folder 2: Budget and Finance, 1971
Folder 3: National Easter Seal Society Commemorative Stamp Ceremony, 1969 November 20
Folder 4: Organizational Charts and Plans, 1970-1971
Folder 5: Personnel, 1962-1971
Folder 6: Speeches, 1966-1967
Folder 7: Executives Association, 1961-1970
Folder 8: Executives  Association, 1971
Folder 9: Planning Committee, 1963-1971
Box 11
Folder 1: Conference Participant Travel and Expenses, 1967 June
Folder 2: Institute of the Physical Therapy School Directors, 12th Annual, 1968
Folder 3: International Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, 11th World Congress (Business), 1969
Folder 4: International Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, 11th World Congress (Programs and Memorabilia), 1969
Folder 5: National Rehabilitation Association Conferences, 1969-1971
Folder 6: Southeast Institute of Rehabilitation Services, 1962 July 29-August 3
Folder 7: White House Conference on Children, 1970
Folder 8: White House Conference on Children, Keynote Address Sound Sheet, “President Nixon Address the White House Conference on Children”, 1970
Folder 9: White House Conference on Children, 1971
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1961-1965
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1966-1972
Box 12
Folder 1: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Bon Voyage Cards, undated
Folder 2: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Correspondence, 1965
Folder 3: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Correspondence, 1966- 1972
Folder 4: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Correspondence, undated
Folder 5: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Magazine Articles (Danish and Translations), 1965
Folder 6: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Memorabilia, 1965
Folder 7: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 8: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Newspaper Clippings, 1965-1967
Folder 9: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Participant Lists, 1965
Folder 10: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Press Release, 1965 May 25
Folder 11: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Pre-trip Business, 1965
Folder 12: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Programs and Schedules, 1965 June-July
Folder 13: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Receipts, 1965
Folder 14: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Songs, undated
Folder 15: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Travel Information, 1965 June
Folder 16: DIADEM Denmark Trip: Travel Log, 1965 June 20-26
Box 13
Folder 1: Articles Featuring Eleanor Bader, 1961-1971
Folder 2: Articles – Miscellaneous, 1967
Folder 3: News clippings, 1962-1967
Folder 4: Press Releases, 1967
Folder 5: Care and Treatment Directories, 1971
Folder 6: Care and Treatment Publications, circa 1960-1969
Folder 7: Easter Seal Bulletin, 1964-1967
Folder 8: Easter Seal Bulletin, 1969-1970
Folder 9: News and Notes, 1967-1970
Folder 10: Newsletters, 1964
Folder 11: Newsletters, 1965-1968
Folder 12: Rehabilitation Literature (Magazine of the National Easter Seal Society), 1971 June
Folder 13: Reports – Miscellaneous, 1964
Folder 14: Business Card – Eleanor J. Bader, Director Care and Treatment Service, undated
Folder 15: Chairman’s Commendation of the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, 1967 November 18
Folder 16: Commendation of the President’s Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped, 1967 September 20
Folder 17: Personnel Files, 1961-1970
Sub-Series C: ACTION/Foster Grandparents Program, 1971-1975, undated
This sub-series contains material related to Eleanor Bader’s brief time working for the Federal Government ACTION agency’s Foster Grandparents Program. Included are correspondence, news clippings, newsletters, personnel files for Eleanor Bader, and an Action Guide to the Foster Grandparent Programs. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 14
Folder 1: Action Vacancy Announcement, 1972 February 2
Folder 2: Certificate/Award, undated
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1971-1975
Folder 4: Grant, 1972
Folder 5: News Clippings, 1972
Folder 6: Newsletter, Older Americans in ACTION, 1972 September
Folder 7: Personnel File of Eleanor J. Bader, 1971–1972
Folder 8: United States Civil Service Commission–Supplemental Qualifications Statement, 1971 July 21
Box 15
Item 1: Notebook Box: Action Guide to Foster Grandparent Programs, undated
Sub-Series D: Social Security Administration, circa 1970-1985, undated
This sub-series contains material related to multiple positions Eleanor Bader held with the Social Security Administration. Material includes correspondence, news clippings, newsletters, personnel and travel records for Eleanor Bader, awards, commendations, letters of appreciation, and information on conferences. Material is broken into sub-headings which are then arranged alphabetically.
Box 16
Folder 1: Brochures, 1976
Folder 2: Business and ID Cards, undated
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1980-1985
Folder 4: Events, undated
Folder 5: Evolution and Leadership of the SSA :Office of Supplemental Security Income, 1985-1987
Folder 6: Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups, 1985
Folder 7: Memo Re: Overhaul SSA Payment System, 1972
Folder 8: Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 9: News Clippings, 1973
Folder 10: Newsletters, 1973-1975
Folder 11: Organizational History of the Office of Supplemental Security Income, undated
Folder 12: Benefits, 1974-1975
Folder 13: Parking Permit, 1981
Folder 14: Performance Appraisals, 1974-1983
Folder 15: Personnel Actions, 1972-1985
Folder 16: Position Description – Special Assistant for External Liaison, 1979
Folder 17: Promotions, circa 1970-1979
Folder 18: Training Records, 1972-1984
Folder 19: Retirement and Transition at SSA, 1985
Folder 20: Travel Records, 1980
Folder 21: Travel Records, 1981
Folder 22: Travel Records, 1982
Folder 23: Travel Records, 1983
Folder 24: Travel Records, 1984
Folder 25: Travel Records, 1985
Box 17
Folder 1: Awards and Letters of Commendation, 1973-1979
Folder 2: Certificates, 1985
Folder 3: Christmas Cards From President and Mrs. Ford, 1975-1976
Folder 4: Commissioner’s Citation, 1978
Folder 5: Letters of Congratulations to Eleanor Bader for Receiving Commissioner’s Citation, undated
Folder 6: Letters of Thanks to Eleanor Bader, 1972-1985
Folder 7: Nomination Form, Brookings Educational Programs for Government Executives, 1975-1976
Folder 8: President’s Award (NARF), 1985
Folder 9: SSA Honor Award, 1978
Folder 10: Switzer Scholar Award, 1984
Folder 11: The Community Support Program of the National Institute of Mental Health, Seventh Learning Community Conference, 1985 April 29-May 1
Folder 12: Federal–State–Local Relations Seminar, 1982 March 1-12
Folder 13: United Cerebral Palsy Associations, National Conference, 1985
Folder 14: White House Conference on Aging, Mini-conference, 1980 November 23-25
Sub-Series E: Eleanor J. Bader General Career, circa 1949-1989, undated
This sub-series contains material related to Eleanor Bader’s general career, rather than material specific to the individual jobs she held. Materials include biographical sketches, curriculum vitae, resumes, licenses and certifications, and information on her job searches. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 17
Folder 15: Biographical Sketch/Curriculum Vitae/Resume, circa 1960-1989
Folder 16: Job Searches, 1949-1970
Folder 17: Job Searches, 1971-1972
Folder 18: Physical Therapy Licenses, State of Delaware, 1959-1962
Folder 19: Physical Therapy Patches, undated
Folder 20: Professional Certificates, circa 1940-1969

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal and Family, circa 1922-2013, undated],
[Series II: Education, circa 1930-1999, undated],
[Series III: Career, circa 1940-1989, undated],
[Series IV: Organizations, circa 1940-2011, undated],
[Series V: Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1959, undated],
[Series VI: Multimedia, circa 1940-2009, undated],
[Series VII: Oversize Materials, Memorabilia, and Artifacts, circa 1929-2009, undated],
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