Collection MS-39 - Elizabeth Mason Bicknell collection

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Elizabeth Mason Bicknell collection

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  • 1951 (Creation)
    Bicknell, Elizabeth Mason

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1 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Elizabeth Mason was born 16 May 1915 to Elizabeth Murphy and Arthur B. Mason in Edmonton. Sometime between 1942 and 1945 Elizabeth Mason married John E. Bicknell, likely in Edmonton. In 1945, though married, Elizabeth worked as a stenographer and lived with her parents, likely because John may have been away in the military. By the late 1950’s Elizabeth and John were living in Albany, N.Y., likely for John’s work as an academic researcher in education research.
In the mid 1960’s Elizabeth and John Bicknell returned to the Edmonton area and John became a professor at the University of Alberta in Educational Psychology (1966-1970). By 1972 they had returned to the United States.
Elizabeth and John had one daughter, Barbara.
Elizabeth Mason Bicknell died 23 Nov 2007 in Renton, Washington, USA.

Arthur Benjamin Mason (Elizabeth Mason Bricknell’s father) was born 10 Aug 1881 to Annie Montgomery and George Mason in Ottawa, Ontario. Upon graduating from high school in the Ottawa area, he went to the School of Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1905. After graduation, Dr. Mason moved to Alberta and established a dental practice in Edmonton by 1906.
Arthur Mason married Elizabeth Honora Murphy on 21 Aug 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family settled in the Strathcona area of Edmonton and had two daughters, Elizabeth Anne and Mary Barbara. Elizabeth married John Bicknell.
Dr. Mason had a dental practice in Edmonton for over 45 years and was a charter member of the Edmonton and District Dental Society.
Arthur Benjamin Mason died 18 May 1952 in Edmonton.

Custodial history

Elizabeth Bicknell likely acquired the records from the speaker, possibly the creator, J.W. Neilson.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of a copy of the speech given by J.W. Neilson on Dr. Arthur Benjamin Mason at the presentation of Honorary Life Membership to Dr. Mason to the Edmonton & District Dental Society on 2 Oct 1951.
The Edmonton & District Dental Society is a professional organization for dental professionals in the Edmonton region which focuses on providing professional education, networking opportunities and promoting dentistry as a profession.
Arthur Benjamin Mason was a highly respected dentist and considered to be one of the earliest dentists in the Edmonton area.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Elizabeth A. Bicknell in 1970.


The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator.

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  • English

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See also:
Edmonton and District Dental Society fonds (Fonds 182) at the University of Alberta Archives.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number: A70-28

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This fonds was formerly known as the Edmonton and District Dental Society fonds.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Box: MS Room