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"Marx and Kierkegaard, the two key voices of the twentieth century. The curious thing is that though Marx purported to have an infallible scientific key to history, almost all his prophecies have failed to happen. On the other hand, Kierkegaard's forecasts have been fulfilled to a remarkable degree. Take for instance his profound sense that if men lost the isolation, the separateness, which awareness of the presence of God alone can give, they would soon find themselves irretrievably part of a collectivity with only mass communications to shape their hopes, formulate their values and arrange their thinking..." (Malcolm Muggeridge, A Third Testament, pp. 104-106)

 

Wheaton College Archives (photo by Mike Hudson '89)


Purpose

The Wheaton College Archives, located on the 3rd floor of the Billy Graham Center, seeks to document the history of Wheaton College, 1860 to the present, and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute, 1852-59. The College Archives also serves as a major information source for people, publications, and events associated with Wheaton College.

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Research Collections

Many of the administrative records (re: Trustees, Presidents, and Vice-Presidents/Deans) have access restrictions and those accessible require written permission for research. The following resources are open for research within the posted hours:

  • Vertical File - covering over 600 topics
  • Publications -
       Inform: Bulletin of Wheaton College (catalog) 1860-present (view sample online version)
       Tower (annual yearbook) 1893-1900, 1922-present
       Record (student newspaper) 1890-present
       Wheaton Alumni 1929-present
            [primary and secondary campus publications]
  • Photographs [over 30,000 photographs in Personal and Topical series]
  • Special Collections Brochures
  • Blanchard Family Correspondence - indexed and abstracted
President Jonathan Blanchard - 4628 letters (1831-92)
President Charles A. Blanchard - 840 letters (1860-1925)
  • Blanchard Libraries - cataloged as SC-06
  • V. Raymond Edman Library - cataloged as SC-08
  • Literary Societies ledgers and minutes, 1855-1950s
  • Media - audio tapes (chapel, commencement, oral histories)
    • Listen to Wheaton's Alma Mater (download)
    • Listen to Wheaton's Fight Song (download)
    • Watch a fund-raising film Tomorrow's Campus starring Jim Eliot '49 (Real Player required or watch as an MPEG (96MB)
  • Listen to David Maas' New Wine in Old Wine Skins: transition and conflict at Wheaton College in the 1860s (Heritage Society Luncheon, May 4, 2007)

  • Memorabilia - scrapbooks
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