In 1969, when Edgar and Dorothy Davidson established a chair in Canadian Studies at Mount Allison, they donated a rich collection of Canadiana books, imprints, and manuscripts of great rarity and value, and many fine examples of early Canadian glass, of Canadian furniture of the 18th Century, and of Canadian painting and sculpture of the 19th and 20th Centuries. In making the gift of this superb collection to Mount Allison, the donors stated that:

''...we are prompted to make this gift in recognition of the great contribution made by the men and women of the Maritimes toward our national life from its early beginnings to the present time. We furthermore have selected a New Brunswick university because we believe that in this province more is done toward solving the crucial problem of achieving a bi-cultural life than anywhere else in Canada.
... We have been impressed with the splendid facilities and aims of Mount Allison and with what is done there for young people, not merely from an academic point of view but also from a cultural one. ''

This extensive collection reflects the personality and dedication, of Edgar Davidson the collector, and his widespread interest in the story of Canada.  The collection is now available in an on-line catalogue: The Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Collection of Canadiana