THE MARION E. WADE CENTER
The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton CollegeIL is a special
collection of the books and papers of seven British authors:Owen Barfield, G.
K. Chesterton, C. S.Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R.
Tolkien, and Charles Williams. These writers arewell-known for their impact
on contemporary literatureand Christian thought; together they produced
over four hundred books. The Center itself houses more than 11,000 volumes
including first editions andcritical works. Other holdings include letters,
manuscripts, audio and video tapes, artwork,dissertations, periodicals,
photographs, and related materials. Any of these resources may be studiedin
the quiet surroundings of the Kilby Reading Room.
In addition, the Wade Center houses a small museumarea where such
pieces as C.S. Lewis' wardrobeand writing desk, Charles Williams'
bookcases, J.R.R. Tolkien's desk, Pauline Baynes'original map of Narnia, and
a tapestry from Dorothy L. Sayers' home can be seen.Also in the museum
are glass-front bookcases which contain more than 2,000 volumes from C.S.
Lewis' personal library. Photographs, rare booksand manuscripts, and other
small items of memorabilia round out the displays.
The Center has just announced thatit will be building new quarters;
information about this andother matters connected with the Center may be
center, contact them byeMail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail at The
Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593.