Fonds TL 540 D53 C64 - Clennell 'Punch' Dickins fonds

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Clennell 'Punch' Dickins fonds

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TL 540 D53 C64

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  • 1910s to 1990s (Creation)

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11 boxes; 262 folders; ca. 1200 items

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Clennell Haggerston Dickins (1899-1995), best known by the nickname “Punch”, was a pioneer of aviation in Canada. Part of Dickins’ childhood was spent in Edmonton, and he enlisted in the Canadian Army following the outbreak of WWI, serving as a bomber pilot. In the mid-1920s, he served in the RCAF as a test pilot. In 1927, he married Constance “Connie” Gerrie and in 1928 began duties with Western Canada Airways (later Canadian Airways). Dickins was involved in early airmail runs and numerous groundbreaking flights in Canada’s then-unmapped north. During WWII, Dickins served as head of the Atlantic Ferry Command, and following the war, joined de Havilland Canada, working in various capacities until his retirement in 1966.

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Includes photographs, as well as correspondence and miscellaneous materials from Dickins' professional and military career, plus personal memorabilia.

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Donated to the University of Alberta Libraries in 2011 by John Dickins (son).


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  • English

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Location of originals

The Clennell 'Punch' Dickins fonds is housed in Bruce Peel Special Collections, located in the Rutherford South building on the University of Alberta north campus in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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All researchers (including students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the general public) must submit a Retrieval Request Form at least 24 hours before their visit to Bruce Peel Special Collections in order to be sure that library materials have been retrieved from storage and are available for their use.
The Clennell 'Punch' Dickins Archive is available to students, staff, and the general public for use within the library’s supervised reading room upon presentation of valid photo identification (e.g., ONEcard, driver’s license, passport, or citizenship card with photo).

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Materials may be under copyright. Contact staff for guidance on reproduction.

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