Fonds F 6 - Ray Crone fonds

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) No. 4 Service Flying Training School, British Commonwealth Air Tr... A Stearman biplane trainer, with open cockpits Bristol Freighter, purchased by Norcanair A Vultee transport at Prince Albert A Beech craft 18, CF-BKN (sister ship to CF-BKO) in front of M & C Aviation, Saskatoon A De Havilland DH 90 CF-AYF Dragon Fly (owned by Consolidated Mining and Smelting Co.) at Prince ... A Lockheed 10A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) airplane (once owned by T.C.A.) at Prince Albert A Beechcraft 18, CF-BKO (sister ship to CF-BKN) No. 4, SFTS L. to R.:  Cessna Crane, 2 Tiger Moths, and a Fairey Battle lined up at No. 4, SFTS, Saskatoon
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Ray Crone fonds

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F 6

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  • 1910-2003 (Creation)
    Crone, Ray Henry, 1923-2005

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3.940m of textual records
197 photographs
14 maps
6 prints : posters
2 videocassettes
2 audio tapes

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Ray Henry Louis Crone was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on July 26, 1923 to Henry and Jean Crone. He was raised in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon. During the Second World War, Crone served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada, Iceland and Scotland on Coastal Command anti-submarine operations in the Canso flying boats of the #162 Squadron. After the war, Crone worked as a corporate records manager with Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) in Biggar, Rosetown, Saskatoon and Regina.

Crone had many interests and hobbies in his lifetime, including aviation, the potash industry, railways and telecommunications. His articles on aviation history appeared in the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal, Saskatchewan History Journal, Wings and Canadian Aviation. Crone assisted with the publication of the 1986 book From Boxkite to Boardroom. He also completed several manuscripts on barnstorming.

Crone was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Aviation Council, the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Roland Groome Chapter and the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw. He served on the Provincial Board of Directors of the Western Development Museum and on the executive of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association. He also served on the Advisory Committee of the National Aviation Museum, the Saskatchewan Aviation Council and the Vintage Aircraft Restorers group and was a member of the National Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

Crone's achievements were recognized by numerous awards including the Golden Sheaf Award from the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, the Canadian Award for Aviation from the Women Pilots of Canada, the Governor General's Public Service Gold Medallion and, from the National Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the MacRitchie Award and the McIntyre Research Award. He was inducted in the Saskatchewan Aviation Hall of Fame in 1997.

Ray Crone died in Saskatoon on November 25, 2005.

Ray Crone and his wife, Doris, had four children: David, Lesley-Ann, Noreen and Johnathan.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Ray Crone in pursuit of his personal interests and hobbies. The records, which date from 1910 to 2003, relate mainly to aviation and the aircraft industry, potash, telephone service in Saskatchewan, and the Western Development Museum.

The types of records included are minutes, addresses, log books, correspondence, reports, scrapbooks, publications, photographs, maps, posters, audiotapes and videocassettes.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Ray Crone donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in eighteen accessions between 1968 and 2004: 989 (1968?); February 5, 1970 (no accession number assigned); 1312 (February, 1975); 1322 (March, 1975); R77-184 (May 24, 1977); R83-041 (February 2, 1983); R83-309 (June 17, 1983); R86-245 (May 20, 1986); R98-311 (November 30, 1998); R99-042 (March 2, 1999); R99-191 (May 10, 1999); R99-154 (March 8, 1999); R99-155 (March 25, 1999); R99-164 (April 7, 1999); R99-231 (July 15, 1999); R2000-347 (October 12, 2000); R2001-283 (September 13, 2001) and R2004-223 (June 28, 2004).
The Saskatchewan Archives purchased some of the photographs from Ray Crone.


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  • English

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Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 51 (old guide GR 627) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of certain photographs. The electronic finding aid consists of file listings of certain textual records and item descriptions of certain photographs. Item descriptions of audiotapes and videotapes are available in the Sound and Moving Image (Regina) card catalogue. Item descriptions of certain photographs are available in the Historical Photographs (Regina) card catalogue. Item descriptions of posters are available in GR 226.

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Associated materials

Related material: R-8317: audio recording of CFMQ radio program with Harry Cameron interviewing Ray Crone in 1981.
A copy of a 1971 letter from the Saskatchewan Archives Board to Ray Crone regarding an episode involving a balloon in 1908 is located in the Regina office (R-E3129).

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Further accruals are expected.

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Location for retrieval: Regina-Hillsdale


Conservation practices in place at the time of arrangement were applied to the records in old guide GR 627. Textual records described in 2007 were placed in acid-free file folders. Photographs described in 2007 were placed in mylar sleeves and acid-free envelopes.

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Textual Records: old guide GR 627 (R-1684, R-1760, R-1829); R-E1159; R-E3537; R-E3679; R-E4591; R-OS 131
Maps: cabinet 1.4, drawer 1.2.2
Videotapes: VT R-1891.1, VT R-264
Audio recordings: R-8177, R-8178
Photographs: R-A9063 to R-A9087; R-A12,685; R-A12,721 to R-A12,786; R-A15,455; R-A28383 (1)-(7) to R-A28385; R-A32250 to R-A32257; R-A32300 to R-A32320; R-B13388 to R-B13464; R-B14163 to R-B14173; R-B14523 to R-B14527; R-D2409; R-D2514
Posters: GR 226 (VII.286; VII. 290; VII.291; VII.292)

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F 6

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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