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College Archives

Wheaton College circa 1862

The College Archives seeks to document the history of Wheaton College (1860 to the present) and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute (1853-1859). The College Archives also serves as a major information source on people, publications, and events associated with Wheaton College. The collection includes over 116 boxes of memorabilia (artifacts and scrapbooks) documenting student life and culture at Wheaton.

Collections Overview

  • Vertical Files - covering over 600 topics
  • Publications -
    • Inform Bulletin College Catalog 1860-present
    • Inform Bulletin of Wheaton College (general news/campus updates) 1902-1997
    • Wheaton Alumni Magazine 1929-present
    • Record (student newspaper) 1890-present. [Index of Articles]
    • Tower (annual yearbook) 1893-1900, 1922-2016
    • Kodon (student literary arts magazine) 1946-Present
    • Student Handbook (1876-Present)
  • Photographs (over 30,000) [only searchable on campus]
  • Records of College Presidents Jonathan Blanchard (1860-82), Charles A. Blanchard, (1882-1925), James Oliver Buswell (1926-1940), V. Raymond Edman (1940-1965), Hudson T. Armerding (1965-1982), Richard Chase (1982-1993), and Duane Liftin (1993-2010)
  • Blanchard family correspondence
  • Blanchard and V. Raymond Edman Libraries
  • Literary Societies ledgers and minutes, 1855-1950s
  • Committee and Academic department records
  • Media (chapel, commencement, oral histories)
  • Memorabilia
  • Scrapbooks

Many of the administrative records (re: Trustees, Presidents, and Vice-Presidents/Deans) are restricted, and require written permission for research. 

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