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"I'm concerned about individuals and organizations that, while they wouldn't profess this, behave as if our salvation lies in the election of a certain President, a certain Congress, or passage of a certain law. Their energies, efforts, and even their beliefs are directed more substantially to that, rather than fulfilling Christ's commands to love God and love others as ourselves." (Hon. Daniel R. Coats)

 

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] 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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