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Special Collections




Our library's archives and special collections are extensive and attract researchers from around the globe. We hold collections documenting the history of Wheaton College and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute (1852-59), along with collections related to the life and work of noted adherents to the Christian faith in the contemporary world, particularly those who have a significant relationship with Wheaton College and/or evangelical Christianity.

Find resources and information on the collection tool Archon, the ReCollections blog, or the Wheaton History A-Z pages

Some prominent collections are Oswald Chambers, John Piper, Madeleine L'Engle, Frederick Buechner, and Malcolm Muggeridge. As well, holdings include records and documents from significant evangelical organizations, like the National Association of Evangelicals, Sojourners, and American Scientific Affiliation. The Special Collections houses several specialized and rare book collections, and the Evangelism and Missions Collection provides research-level support in the fields of evangelism and missions. The College Archives documents the history of Wheaton College and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute. 

For information about these and other holdings, please contact Special Collections at 630.752.5705 or

Researchers who used Special Collections and the College Archives have published these books: