Fonds UBCA-ARC-1135 - Wilfrid Sadler fonds

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Wilfrid Sadler fonds

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44.5 cm of textual records
5 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 20 cm or smaller

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Wilfrid Sadler was born in Haughton, Cheshire, England, on December 22, 1883. He was the son of James and Emma Sadler. His father had been prominent in agricultural and dairy organization work in Great Britain for many years. In his early years, he attended Wesleyan Schools in Nantwich and Teachers' School in Crewe. In 1906, he entered the British Dairy Institute at University College, Reading. He then became an Instructor in Dairying at Hampshire from 1907 to 1908 and Assistant Instructor in Dairying and Dairy Bacteriology at Midland Agricultural and Dairy College, Kingston, Derby, from 1908 to 1912. In 1912 he published a book entitled Bacteria as Friends and Foes of the Dairy Farmer. Sadler emigrated to Montreal in 1912 and was an Assistant in Bacteriology at Macdonald College of McGill University from 1912 to 1914. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Macdonald College in 1915 and gave the Valedictory Address at his class graduation. Sadler later graduated with an MSc from McGill. In his graduating year, he received two awards: the Macdonald College Gold Medal and the Governor-General's Graduate Research Medal. The inscription beneath his graduating picture in the college yearbook described Sadler in the following manner:
"A little nonsense now and then
Is relished by the best of men."
The yearbook also described him as a debater and bacteriologist. After graduation, he became an Instructor in Dairying at Macdonald College. From 1916 to 1918, Sadler was involved in bacteriological research for the Biological Board of Canada. In 1918, he became the first appointment to UBC's newly created Department of Dairying in the Faculty of Agriculture. Besides his teaching activities, he was involved in bacterial research and contributed to public health and technical journals relating to dairying science. In 1922, Sadler became head of the department and served in this capacity until he died in 1933. Blythe Eagles succeeded him.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, lecture notes, reference clippings, student notebooks, programs, newsletters, certificates, musical scores, receipts, pamphlets, and books produced and received by Wilfrid Sadler during his student days at Macdonald College and his professional activities as a professor in the Department of Dairying from 1918. The Department of Dairying was part of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1916 to 1955.

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There is a Wilfrid Sadler sous-fonds with the Blythe Eagles records. The description is linked below.

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Updated in January 2021, JM.

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