Mining engineer. Born– February 5, 1870, Grafton, Mass. Parents– Richard Reed and Arethusa Thorndyke (Barret) Crane. Married– Margaret M. Gray, December 28, 1898. Children– Three. Education– University of Kansas, A.B., 1895; A.M., 1896; Columbia University, Ph.D. 1901. Engineer and professor with the University of Kansas. 1893-1905; at the School of Mines, Columbia Univ., 1905-08; Dean of the School of Mines, Pennsylvania State University, 1908-18;  Appointed superintendent of the Southern Mining Station, U.S. Bureau of Mines in Birmingham, Ala., 1921; supervising research engineer, U.S. Bureau of Mines until 1933. Consulting engineer in Oakland, California, after 1933. Died April 14, 1947.


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Deposit of Manganese Ore in the Batesville District, Arkansas. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1922.

Gold and Silver; Comprising an Economic History of Mining in the United States, …. New York; John Wiley and Son, 1908.

Index of Mining Engineering Literature, …. New York; John Wiley, 1909.

Iron Ore (Hematite) Mining Practice in the Birmingham District, Alabama. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1926.

Ore Mining Methods, Comprising Descriptions of Methods of Support in Extaction of Ore, …. New York; John Wiley, 1910.

Report on the Manganese Deposits of Georgia (Second Report on Manganese). Atlanta; Index Printing Co., 1919.


Special Report on Coal. Lawrence, Kan.; Kansas Geological Survey, 1898.


Manganese; Uses, Preparation, Mining Costs and the Production of Ferro-alloys. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1920.


A small collection of the papers of Walter Richard Crane is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.