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Samuel Archibald Dickson fonds
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- Textual record
- Graphic material - photograph
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CA EDM MS-156
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1938 - 1982 (Creation)
- Dickson, Samuel Archibald
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12 cm of textual records. - 56 photographs
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Name of creator
Samuel Dickson was born in Seaforth, Ontario on 19 Feb 1876. He graduated in Arts from the University of Toronto in 1899 and in Law from Osgoode Hall in Toronto in 1902. Samuel came west in October 1902 and practiced law in Fort Saskatchewan (1902-1909) and in Edmonton (1909-1970). He was appointed King's Council in 1928. He founded the Rotary Club in Edmonton in 1916.
He served as a member of the Edmonton Public School Board, and the City of Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee, as well as the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old-timers' Association (President, 1949-1950), and the Historical Society of Alberta (President, 1958-1959).
A vigorous supporter of historical preservation, Samuel was a leader in the campaign to establish Fort Edmonton Park. In 1971 he was appointed Honorary Mayor of the Park. He married Evelyn Hannah Ward in December 1907, who died in 1949, and they had one son and two daughters. Evelyn Ward Dickson died in 1949. Samuel Archibald Dickson died in November 1971.
Archibald Hadley Dickson is the son of the Samuel Archibald Dickson. It is not known how portions of the fonds became associated with the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of correspondence, minutes and reports relating to the historical interests of Samuel Archibald Dickson, particularly his involvement in the campaign to restore/replicate Fort Edmonton in association with the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association (for which he also served as legal counsel), the Historical Society of Alberta, the Edmonton Museum Committee and the Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee.
The photographs include Indigenous men, women and children as well as some scenes of Edmonton such as the official opening of Fort Edmonton Park in 1967, minstrel shows ca. 1921 and the demolition of the Tegler building in 1982.
Immediate source of acquisition
This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Archibald Hadley Dickson in 1973 and 1986, and also by the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association.
The material was arranged by the archivist by subject
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-178 and EB-12.
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There are no restrictions on access.
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Copyright may apply.
Reproduction restrictions may apply.
Finding aid available online.
Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the Reference Room.
No further accruals are expected.
Accession numbers: A73-23, A77-120, A84-34, A86-60
Some of the records in the MS were previously known as MS-56.8
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City of Edmonton Archives
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