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Wheaton College Tolkien Society, 2008-2019 | Marion E. Wade Center

By Laura Schmidt

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Title: Wheaton College Tolkien Society, 2008-2019Add to your cart.

ID: Wade/A-113 and B-9

Primary Creator: Tolkien Societies

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Subjects: Tolkien, J. R. R., Tolkien, J. R. R. - Societies, etc., Wheaton College (Ill.)., Wheaton College (Ill.). - Archives.

Languages: English


This archive records the history and the events of the Wheaton College Tolkien Society, a Wheaton College Special Interest Club established in the Spring of 2011.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The archive is divided into four series: Society Documents, Annals, Sub-Creation Journal, and WhInklings.

The Society Documents series includes founding documents of the Society such as constitution versions and creation of the WCTS logo and seal, as well as the cabinet and member records and financial documents.

The Annals series records all of the proceedings of the WCTS, including event summaries and publicity, and planning meeting minutes. Photographs from events and other related documents are also included.

The Sub-Creation Journal series includes documents relating to the genre-fiction journal of the same name. The journal was sponsored by the Tolkien Society until Spring 2019 when it became an independent club. Sub-Creation issues are archived in this collection. The journal was started by alumna and WCTS member Beth Potterveld in Fall 2013.

The WhInklings series contains documents relating to the campus writing and discussion group of the same name which is based on the Inklings group from Oxford. It was started as a sub-group of the Tolkien Society by WCTS Staff Adviser Laura Schmidt in Fall 2013 and met twice per month.

Collection Historical Note

In 2008 a group of Wheaton College students, headed by former Wade Center student worker Abigail (Abbi) Brown, had established an informal campus Tolkien Society which met at Fellowship House (a student on-campus house) on an irregular basis for food and fun. No official student club was established before that era of students had graduated.

In January 2011 Laura Schmidt, archivist of the Wade Center and a former attendee of the informal Tolkien Society events, decided to enlist the aid of Abbi Brown and Deborah Bates (another former society member and Wheaton grad) to plan a Tolkien Reading Day event at the Wade Center on March 25. The purpose of the event was to celebrate Tolkien's life and works and try to establish an official Wheaton College Tolkien Society as a special interest student club, which could also include faculty and staff members.

Over 70 people attended the Tolkien Reading Day event, and over 30 people showed interest in forming a Wheaton College Tolkien Society. The first Society meeting took place on April 8, 2011 at the Wade Center where an outline for the formation of the society was discussed, the constitution approved, and a cabinet was elected. The WCTS went into full swing in the fall of 2012 and added the cabinet position of "Treasurer" in December 2011.

The mission of the WCTS is: "Bringing Wheaton College faculty, staff, and students together to enjoy, discuss, and have activities relating to the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Also, to create fellowship and friendships between these three segments of the campus community."

Although the WCTS is supported by the Wade Center, it is a separate entity overseen by the Student Activities Office and is not directly connected to the Wade.

Subject/Index Terms

Tolkien, J. R. R.
Tolkien, J. R. R. - Societies, etc.
Wheaton College (Ill.).
Wheaton College (Ill.). - Archives.

Administrative Information

Repository: Marion E. Wade Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 40 folders, 1 linear ft.

Acquisition Source: none

Related Publications:

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources:

The American Tolkien Society website on Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week: http://americantolkiensociety.org/hobbit_day_and_tolkien_week.htm

The UK Tolkien Society’s website on Tolkien Reading Day: http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/tolkienreadingday.html

and the Birthday Toast: http://www.tolkiensociety.org/toast/

The Wade Center History Archive

WCTS Website: www.wheaton.edu/life-at-wheaton/campus-involvement/student-led-clubs/special-interest-clubs/the-wheaton-college-tolkien-society/

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

Preferred Citation: Description of material cited. Wheaton College Tolkien Society Archive, Box #, Folder#. The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

Processing Information: Processed by Laura Schmidt

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Society Documents, 2011-2019],
[Series 2: Annals, 2008-2019],
[Series 3: Sub-Creation Journal, 2013-2019],
[Series 4: Whinklings, 2013-2018],

Series 1: Society Documents, 2011-2019Add to your cart.
8 folders
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cabinet members, 2011-presentAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Constitution and other founding documents, 2011-2019Add to your cart.
Including: email from the Student Activities Office confirming the creation of the WCTS, screen captures of the WCTS webpage, and various constitution drafts. 14pp.
Folder 3: Financial records, 2011-2017Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Logo and seal proposals, Fall 2011Add to your cart.
The logo designs were part of an extra credit assignment for an iconography class in the Communications Dept. taught by Read Schuchardt. One design from the class designs was adopted as the official logo after some editing. 5pp.
Folder 5: Official logo and seal, along with 3 WCTS membership cards, Fall 2011-2012Add to your cart.
Includes the phrase "Elen síla lumenn' omentielvo" in Tengwar script. Logo and seal design by David Querfeld, membership card design by Daniel Flavin. 3pp. and 3 cards.
Folder 6a: Membership records, 2011-2017Add to your cart.
including membership lists, a sample email notification sign-up sheet, the membership oath, and a list of honorary WCTS members11pp.
Folder 6b: Recipes proven to be favorites for WCTS events, 2013-2014Add to your cart.
Lembas bread and pepperoni bread recipes. 2pp.
Folder 6c: Songs used for WCTS events, 2012-2017Add to your cart.
including the WCTS anthem. 8pp.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Society Documents, 2011-2019],
[Series 2: Annals, 2008-2019],
[Series 3: Sub-Creation Journal, 2013-2019],
[Series 4: Whinklings, 2013-2018],

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