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Marion E. Wade Center

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

Wade Center Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19

June 12, 2020

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wade Center is closed through the summer. These measures are in alignment with the guidelines of Wheaton College and the regulations of the State of Illinois. Although the museum will remain closed for the foreseeable future, we anticipate welcoming researchers back via scheduled appointments after the beginning of the Wheaton College fall academic term with safety protocols in place. More details on research visit scheduling will be forthcoming. 

In the meantime reference staff and limited services will continue to be available. Please contact Wade archival staff at with any questions, and review our Collection Listings page for access to our catalog and material descriptions.

Announcements and more information about Wheaton College’s planning around the COVID-19 virus are available. We apologize to our visitors for this inconvenience, and look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.

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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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Guest and friend of the podcast Malcolm Guite speaking with Dr. Crystal Downing.

Wade Center Podcast

The Wade Center Podcast features interviews and discussions with scholars and figures related to the Wade Center and our authors. New episodes are posted regularly, so tune in today!

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.

Owen Barfield

Call for Barfield Materials

The Wade Center is working with Owen Barfield’s grandson in gathering remaining letters, manuscripts, and archival materials by, about, or related to Owen Barfield. This effort is to support the future preservation and access of these materials at the Wade Center for the furtherance of Barfield scholarship and enjoyment of his works. If you have information about materials matching this description, please contact the Wade Center.

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