Painting of Wheaton College from the southwest, circa 1862

College Archives

The Wheaton College Archives, located on the 3rd floor of the Billy Graham Center, seeks to document the history of Wheaton College, 1860 to the present, and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute, 1852-59. The College Archives also serves as a major information source for people, publications, and events associated with Wheaton College.

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Research Collections

Many of the administrative records (re: Trustees, Presidents, and Vice-Presidents/Deans) have access restrictions and those accessible require written permission for research. The following resources are open for research:

  • Vertical File - covering over 600 topics
  • Publications -
    • Inform: Bulletin of Wheaton College (catalog) 1860-present (view sample online version)
    • Tower (annual yearbook) 1893-1900, 1922-present
    • Record (student newspaper) 1890-present
    • Wheaton Alumni 1929-present
    • [primary and secondary campus publications]
  • Photographs [over 30,000 photographs in Personal and Topical series]
  • Special Collections Brochures
  • Blanchard Family Correspondence - indexed and abstracted
  • President Jonathan Blanchard - 4628 letters (1831-92) 
  • President Charles A. Blanchard - 840 letters (1860-1925)
  • Blanchard Libraries - cataloged as SC-06
  • V. Raymond Edman Library - cataloged as SC-08
  • Literary Societies ledgers and minutes, 1855-1950s
  • Media - audio tapes (chapel, commencement, oral histories)
  • Memorabilia - scrapbooks