Skip navigation links (access key: Z)Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives CanadaSymbol of the Government of Canada
Français - Version française de cette pageHome - The main page of the Institution's WebsiteContact Us - Institutional contact informationHelp - Information about using the institutional WebsiteSearch - Search the institutional - Government of Canada Web site

Archived Content

This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.

Banner: Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries
Introduction SearchHelp

Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Collection of Canadiana
Mount Allison University, Ralph Pickard Bell Library

America--Discovery and exploration; Canada--Discovery and exploration; Canada--History to 1763 (New France)

Established in 1969, the collection is a gift from Edgar and Dorothy Davidson and is expanded only by them.

The collection includes early Canadiana with a particular focus on accounts of voyages of discovery and exploration (including the Jesuit relations), and on early Canadian history and literature. Seventeenth and eighteenth century imprints concerning New France are emphasized. Special holdings include original works by Champlain, Charlevoix, Denys, Diereville, Hennepin, Joutel, Lafitau, Lahontan, Lalemant, Lescarbot, Quen, and Vancouver. Supporting collections include the Winthrop Pickard Bell Collection of Acadiana, the general Canadiana Collection, and the Canadian Government Documents Collection.

English, French, and selected foreign language material.

299 volumes.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. A separate card file and shelf list are maintained.

Physical Access
The collection is housed in the Davidson Room. It is accessible to scholars only upon application to the Director of Canadian Studies. For further information about the collection visit: For information about access to the collection visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: No.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Ralph Pickard Bell Library. -- The Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Collection of Canadiana at Mount Allison University. -- General editor, Lawrence Douglas McCann. -- Sackville, N.B. : Centre for Canadian Studies, Mount Allison University, 1991.