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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 V: Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1959, undated
This series contains miscellaneous items such as business cards and newspaper clippings. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 21
Folder 15: Business Cards, undated
Folder 16: Newspaper Clippings, circa 1950-1959

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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