Fonds F 466 - Eiling Kramer fonds

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Eiling Kramer fonds

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F 466

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  • 1968 - 1980 (Creation)
    Kramer, Eiling, 1914-1999

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25 m of textual records

11 photographs : prints

3 plans

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Eiling Kramer was born on July 14, 1914 near North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Minne Dowe and Jacobina (Kopinga) Kramer. He received his elementary and secondary education in the North Battleford area and completed a study course from the New York School of Journalism by correspondence. Prior to his election into provincial politics, Kramer was a rancher in the Highworth area. In 1942, he acquired the Round Hill Ranch, where he raised registered Hereford cattle. Kramer also worked as an auctioneer and in 1949 he established Kramer Auctions in North Battleford.

Active in the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), Kramer was appointed CCF organizer of northwestern Saskatchewan in 1946. He was also involved in the organization of the Saskatchewan Farmers' Union in 1950 and served as its vice-president (1951-1952).

Kramer was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1952 and served as a CCF MLA for the Battlefords until 1967. He served the Battlefords as a New Democratic Party (NDP) member from 1967 to 1980. Kramer is the longest serving member in the history of Saskatchewan's Legislative Assembly, having served 28 consecutive years.

Kramer was Minister of Natural Resources (1962-1964) in the Woodrow Lloyd Government. He served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Natural Resources (1971-1972); Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1971-1972); and Minister of Highways and Transportation (1972-1980). He was Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (1972-1976) and Highway Traffic Board (1979-1980).

Kramer retired from political life on December 16, 1980. David Miner (NDP) was elected MLA for the Battlefords in a 1980 by-election. After his retirement, Kramer returned to North Battleford. He moved to Regina shortly before his death there on May 5, 1999.

Eiling Kramer married Dorothy Johnston on December 15, 1944. They had eight children: Carol, Neil, Clair, Leslie, Dorothy, Coleen, Timothy, Barbarie and Jennifer.

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Neil Erland Byers was born on December 7, 1928 in Fertile, Saskatchewan to Newton and Kathleen (McDonald) Byers. He received his early education in Fertile and Frobisher and attended Moose Jaw Normal School. Byers earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Prior to his entry into provincial politics, Byers worked as a teacher with the Department of Indian Affairs (1952-1954) and in Foam Lake. He served as vice-councilor for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation and president of the Shamrock Teachers' Superintendency Association. Byers also worked for seven years as a hail adjuster for the Co-operative Hail Insurance Company of Saskatchewan.

Byers ran unsuccessfully in the 1964 and 1967 provincial general elections in the Kelvington constituency. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in a June 25, 1969 by-election and served as a New Democratic Party (NDP) MLA for Kelvington (1969-1975) and Kelvington-Wadena (1975-1982).

Byers held various Cabinet portfolios in the Allan Blakeney Government: Minister of Highways and Transportation (1971-1972); Minister of Telephones (1971-1972, 1975-1978); Minister of the Environment (1972-1978); Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1972-1974); and Minister of Northern Saskatchewan (1978-1979). He was Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions including Saskatchewan Telecommunications (1975-1978); Liquor Board (1975-1978); and Liquor Licensing Commission (1975-1978).

Byers resigned from Cabinet on June 19, 1979 and lost his seat in the 1982 provincial general election to Sherwin Petersen (Progressive Conservative).

Byers currently (2010) resides in Regina.

Byers married Margaret Engelke on November 8, 1952. They have six children: Douglas, Valerie, Eleanor, Sandra, Roland and Candyce.

Custodial history

Eiling Kramer donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in three accessions between 1977 and 1982 as follows: R77-145 (May 6, 1977); R80-826 (December 12, 1980) and R82-133 (April 30, 1982).

Records created by Neil Byers as Minister of Highways and Transportation were identified in the Eiling Kramer fonds at the time of retro-description.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Eiling Kramer during his political career as Minister of Highways and Transportation; Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) and the Highway Traffic Board; member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for the Battlefords constituency; and member of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP). Records created by Neil Byers, Kramer's predecessor as Minister of Highways and Transportation, are also included.

The types of records included are: correspondence; memoranda; speeches; plans of Legislative Building renovations in 1975.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds. The headings assigned to the records in collection R-1102 in 1987 are as follows: Department of Highways and Transportation; Boards and Commissions: Unnumbered; Executive Council: Unnumbered; Politics and Constituency; Government Departments and Agencies; Miscellaneous; Saskatchewan Transportation Company; Crown Corporations; Personal; and Speeches.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated 22 December 1993. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 309 (old guide GR 400) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs.

Associated materials

Records created by Eiling Kramer as Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development are located in the Don Cody fonds in the Regina office (F 463).

Photographs, moving images and sound recordings of Kramer created during his political career are located in the Regina and Saskatoon offices.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale

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Conservation practices in place at the time of processing were applied to the records in this fonds.

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

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Three plans were retained in the textual records (R-1102, file VII.13)

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 400 (R-1102); Photographs: R-A24746 to R-A24750, R-B12018 to R-B12019

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