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Explore the BGC Archives Collections

Hannah Sitting at ScannerConsisting of over 700 unique collections, materials in the BGC Archives are arranged by creator and described in individual finding aids. Each finding aid provides an overview of the collection materials, including date range, formats, and topics, as well as a brief biographical sketch of the creator(s). On occasion, these finding aids will provide access to digital surrogates of the materials, but most items from the BGC Archives collections are not available to view online. 

For questions about using our finding aids or suggested search strategies, please contact the BGC Archives at 630.752.5910 or bgc.archives@wheaton.edu

Do you have questions about archives and how to use them? Using Archives IconWant to plan the most productive research trip possible? Click on the icon to read Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research written by Wade Center archivist Laura Schmidt. 

 Looking for archival sources not found in the BGC Archives? Trying searching ArchiveGrid, a global catalog dedicated to archival materials. 

Creating a bibliography for sources from the BGC Archives? For citation suggestions, please see our Citation Guide

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Collections Listing

Browse the complete list of BGC Archives collections in numerical order, and follow the links to view the finding aid for each collection. 

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Search the Collections

Looking for specific items or research topics? Search the Archives' database for names, locations, titles, subjects, keywords, and more.

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Request Materials

Have you identified items in the BGC Archives that you would like to access? Follow the link below to learn more about submitting a request for archival material.