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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

August 28, 2020

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 through 2020.

During this time, only Wheaton College students and employees may schedule research appointments to visit the Kilby Reading Room for use of 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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Kristen Page

Searching Fictional Landscapes to Guide our View of our Own World

In the 2020-2021 Hansen Lectureship series, “Creation’s Call: Stewardship Lessons from Middle-earth and Narnia,” Dr. 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. Join us for the first of three lectures on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

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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