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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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After Humanity, Michael Ward

Book Launch for AFTER HUMANITY with Michael Ward

Join us for a virtual book launch on Thursday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m. CDT of Michael Ward’s latest book, After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. In his book, Dr. Ward sheds light one of Lewis’s important but difficult works. At the conclusion of the discussion, two viewers will be chosen to receive a free copy of the book.


Mark A. Noll

C.S. Lewis in America: Lessons for Today from the Early American Reception of C.S. Lewis’s Books

In the 2021-2022 Hansen Lectureship series, Dr. Mark Noll will be exploring the early American reception of C.S. Lewis in three lectures on the following 2022 dates: January 20, February 10, and March 17 at 7:00 p.m. CTContact the Wade Center to be added to our email list for news about these lectures and other upcoming events.

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.

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