The James Wheeler Davidson Collection collection at the University of Calgary contains a selection of textual records and images from the James Wheeler Davidson Family fonds housed in Archives and Special Collections.  James Wheeler Davidson joined the Rotary Club of Calgary shortly after it formation in 1914 and became its President in 1919.  After serving as District Governor, he was elected a Vice-President of Rotary International in 1926. For more on the collection check out the U of C web page. 


"This James Wheeler Davidson collection  at the University is amazing.  I held a pamphlet from the 1920 President’s Ball at the Palliser.   The list of songs for the evening were called “The Him Book”  ...  We learned that Davidson spent $250,000.00 in 1903-04 to make this trip with his wife and daughter and Rotary International referred to him as the “Marco Polo of Rotary” ." George Brookman

Davidson was involved in a number of successful business ventures, including the Calgary Colonization Company, the Crown Lumber Company, and the Royalite Oil Company, and was also actively involved in a number of initiatives in Calgary, including the construction of the Lougheed Building, the founding of the Calgary Symphony Orchestra, the Alberta Motor Association, and the Calgary-Banff Tourist Development Association. 

A newly published book ​​​​​​​From Province to Republic to Colony draws on Davidson's personal collection of rare photographic images and source documents archived at the University of Calgary. Selected portions are reproduced, illustrating crucial moments in Taiwan's history. These include selections from Davidson’s war diary, newspaper clippings, and lantern slides. Professors David Curtis Wright of the University of Calgary and Hsin-yi Lin of National Taiwan Normal University each offer introductory historical background essays and deliver commentary on more than 500 historical artifacts.