Painting of Wheaton College from the southwest, circa 1862

College Archives

The College Archives documents the history of Wheaton College, 1860-present, and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute, 1852-59. 

Research Collections

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]
  • 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

Many of the administrative records (re: Trustees, Presidents, and Vice-Presidents/Deans) are restricted, and require written permission for research.