Buswell Memorial Library - Wheaton College

Library and Archives

The library and archives of Wheaton College are extensive and unique in their scope. With materials from Billy Graham, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, Frederick Buechner and many other Christian luminaries, these resources offer a treasure trove of information for students, scholars and visitors to study and enjoy.


Billy Graham Center Archives

The Billy Graham Center Archives specializes in collecting and preserving unpublished documents that tell the story of North American Protestant non-denominational missions and evangelistic activities, especially during the 20th century. Collections include Billy Graham’s sermons, administrative records of organizations (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Africa Inland Mission, Overseas Missionary Fellowship, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, and others) and conferences (Lausanne Congress, International Conferences for Itinerant Evangelists), papers of evangelists and missionaries (Billy Sunday, Paul Rader, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Donald McGavran, and others), and oral histories (many with retired missionaries and Billy Graham Center Scholarship recipients from throughout the world). Explore the BGC Archives >

Buswell Memorial Library

Buswell Memorial Library provides collections, services, and study space at two locations on campus: the main library building and the third floor of the Billy Graham Center. The Buswell web site provides access to the library’s digital collections of books, journal articles, and academic databases. The library’s physical collections are extensive, and interlibrary loan service can provide Wheaton faculty and students with almost any item desired. More than 1,400 students visit the main library building each day during the academic year to study, meet with a faculty librarian for one-on-one research assistance, use computers and other technology, or attend a class. Explore the library >

College Archives

College Archives, a department of Buswell Library, exists to document the history of Wheaton College and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute. The archives holds papers, documents, photographs, and other materials about the people and events that are part of the college’s history. Explore College Archives >

Special Collections

Special Collections, a department of Buswell Library, holds extensive collections on various writers, public figures, and subjects, including Frederick Buechner, Jacques Ellul, Madeleine L’Engle, Malcolm Muggeridge, Shakespeare in the Christian Tradition, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Sojourners. It also contains the Evangelism & Missions collection, a research-level book collection. Explore Special Collections >

Marion E. Wade Center

The Marion E. Wade Center is a major research collection of materials by and about seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Resources include original manuscripts and letters, first and later editions, books from the authors’ personal libraries, secondary studies, archives, sound and video recordings, including oral histories, photographs, artwork, dissertations, journals, and more. The Wade Center’s small museum features the Lewis family wardrobe, the writing desks of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and other displays. SEVEN, The Wade Center’s peer-reviewed journal, has been published since 1980. Programs such as book groups, lectures, and other events are also offered. Explore the Wade Center >

Media Center