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Marion E. Wade Center

A living literary center of scholarly, artistic,
and ongoing spiritual renewal

Wade Center Remains Closed to the General Public due to COVID-19
Offering Limited Research Access

January 4, 2021

Per the guidelines set forth by Wheaton College and its desire to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wade Center will remain closed to the general public until further notice.

During this time, only Wheaton College students and employees may schedule research appointments to visit the Kilby Reading Room and use our materials. Those who qualify must read our COVID-19 Reading Room Procedures, which include how to schedule an appointment.

We sincerely apologize to our visitors for this inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe and permissible to do so. In the meantime, off-campus researchers may contact Wade staff at with archival questions; review our Collection Listings for access to our catalog and material descriptions; or email the Wade Center if interested in hiring college-approved scholars to do research for them.

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The Marion E. Wade Center promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources available nowhere else in the world. We emphasize the ongoing relevance of seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The Wade Center implements these goals by 

  • Assisting scholars in their study of unique materials by and about these seven authors in order to generate new understandings;
  • Sharing insights with a broader audience through our numerous programs and publications;
  • Supporting artistic works inspired by our authors;
  • Welcoming visitors to our museum.

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Looking for the King, David Downing


Watch this fun and engaging discussion of Wade Co-director David C. Downing's Inklings novel, Looking for the King, set in 1940 England. Signed copies of the book are also available for purchase at a 10% discount and free US shipping. Contact the Wade Center for details.

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Mary Wade

Remembering Mary Wade

We are saddened to share that Mary Wade, age 97, daughter of Marion and Lillian Wade, passed from this life to the next on December 27, 2020. We remember her kindness, friendship, and generous care for the work of the Wade Center with deep gratitude.

Read our Remembrance of Mary

Crystal Downing, Subversive book launch


This latest book by Wade Co-director Crystal Downing explores Sayers's challenges to Christian complicity with culture, explaining how the former detective novelist often shocked people into seeing the truth of ancient doctrine in a new light. Contact the Wade to purchase your signed copy.

Watch the Book Launch Event

Kristen Page

Creation’s Call: Stewardship Lessons from Middle-earth and Narnia

In the 2020-2021 Hansen Lectureship seriesDr. Kristen Page uses the fictional landscapes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis as a means to aid us in developing a greater real-life appreciation for God’s creation and our spiritual call to the stewardship of our world. The three lectures are available on our YouTube channel:


Marjorie Lamp Mead

“In Times of Uncertainty” Blog Post and Video

Wade Center Associate Director Marjorie Lamp Mead offers an address of encouragement with insights from C.S. Lewis on the fears we face today, and finding hope in the midst of uncertainty. The full piece is available as a video, and as a blog post.

Jerry Root, Splendour in the Dark

SPLENDOUR IN THE DARK Available for Purchase

This fourth volume in the Hansen Lecture Series, signed by Jerry Root and David C. Downing, is available from the Wade Center for purchase (contact the Wade for details). This volume also includes the complete text of C.S. Lewis's Dymer.

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