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Madeleine L'Engle Papers

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Lectures, Addresses, Sermons

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Madeleine L'Engle Papers, 1918-2007 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

By The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections Staff

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Collection Overview

Title: Madeleine L'Engle Papers, 1918-2007Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: SC/003

Primary Creator: L'Engle, Madeleine (1918-2007)

Extent: 360.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Subjects: Adventure stories. - Juvenile fiction., Authors, American. - 20th century - Interviews., Bible. O.T. Genesis., Bible stories, English - O.T. Genesis., Camp, Madeleine Barnett., Children's literature - Authorship., Children's literature - Manuscripts., Christian biography., Christianity and the arts., Christmas - Poetry., Detective and mystery stories - Juvenile fiction., Fantasy fiction., Jesus Christ - Art., L'Engle, Madeleine - Biography - Juvenile literature., L'Engle, Madeleine - Interviews., L'Engle, Madeleine - Manuscripts., L'Engle, Madeleine. Wrinkle in time., Religion - Fiction., Religion in literature., Science fiction., Sermons, American - 20th century., Time travel - Juvenile fiction.

Forms of Material: Articles, Audiotapes, Correspondence, Essays, Filmstrips, Interviews, Lectures, Memorabilia, Microfilms, Photographs, Poetry, Reviews, Sermons

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Madeleine L'Engle Collection is composed of a variety of materials illustrating the life and works of this popular author and speaker. The items date from 1919 to the present and include correspondence, manuscripts, articles, photos, papers written by L'Engle, awards, interviews, book announcements and reviews, biographical and family information, some art work and a number of miscellaneous items. The collection is composed largely of material sent to the college by the author, although the special collections staff has assembled books and other support materials for the collection in addition to those sent by L'Engle.

The collection is organized under three main headings: Biographical, correspondence, and manuscripts. Correspondence is divided into three sub categories: Adult, Children's, and Business. Adult and Children's Correspondence are further categorized into "correspondence with replies" and "correspondence without replies." The individual letters are categorized by year and then alphabetically within each year. The Business Correspondence has six sub categories dealing with L'Engle's Addresses, Play/Screen Rights, Publishers/Magazines, Agents, Collections and General Business. These are also filed alphabetically within years by corporate name, when this is applicable. Articles are each assigned a random number as they are received and are filed numerically. They are categorized as articles, interviews, book reviews, or quotes. An article may be listed more than once if it can be classified under a combination of the above categories. The list of articles is maintained on line. A printed copy is included in this register. The collection contains little biographical material or family correspondence. Most of the family correspondence in the collection was inadvertently sent with other material. L'Engle's diaries and other personal items remain in her possession.  A large portion of the collection is devoted to correspondence, with most of the variety being in the Adult Correspondence. Many of the letters are from personal friends, fans and other authors. There was a decrease in the amount of correspondence with replies in late 1986 and early 1987 because of the illness and death of her husband, Hugh Franklin. The Children's Correspondence contains a significant amount of class assigned "form letters." Business Addresses includes invitations to speak and/or details about her speaking engagements. The General Business category includes items not falling under the specific business titles. The collection of L'Engle's manuscripts contains full Typescripts, Galley proofs, and Page proofs for her published and some unpublished works as well as published poems and addresses. The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically within title series until 1987. Since 1987, in order to facilitate storage, the manuscripts have simply been added to the end of the series chronologically. The number of manuscript versions is not consistent from one work to the next. Manuscripts for most of Ms. L'Engle's works are found in the collection. We were not sent manuscripts of: The Moon by Night, The Twenty Four Days Before Christmas, Prayers for Sunday, Spirit and Light, The Weather of the Heart and The Anti Muffins.

The primary guide to the collection's contents is the container list. Other finding aids include: an article listing, a first name list of selected correspondents, and a frequent correspondent list. These are included in this guide. Children's artwork, if sent with a letter is filed with the Children's correspondence. If the work is oversized, it is filed separately with other artwork and a note is placed with the letter indicating that artwork was included. Artwork by Madeleine L'Engle's placed in a box separate from other artwork. Oversized items are stored separately. Other mementos are kept with the covering correspondence. Photos received with letters are kept together unless L'Engle is in the photo. Photos of L'Engle are assigned a number and filed numerically in a separate series.

Biographical Note

Madeleine L’Engle was born on November 29, 1918, and spent her earliest formative years in New York City. Early on as a child, L’Engle discovered a love for writing, recording her thoughts in stories, poems and journals. At age 12, Madeleine and her parents moved to the French Alps, where she continued to nurture her passion for writing. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.

L’Engle next attended Smith College where she studied the classics of literature and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors in English and afterwards moved to Greenwich Village in New York City. She published her first two novels by 1946, before meeting her future husband, Hugh Franklin.

After their marriage, Madeleine had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to a small Connecticut country village to raise their family away from the city. Eventually they moved back to New York City with their three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career. The family has kept their Connecticut country home, Crosswicks, and continues to spend summers there.

As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they both enjoyed each other and life. Since 1966 L’Engle has been writer-in-residence and librarian at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. After Hugh’s death in 1986, Madeleine’s writing and lecturing sustained her, along with her ever growing family. After her husband's passing L'Engle enjoyed spending time with her friends, children, grand-children, and great grandchildren. After an extended illness Madeleine L'Engle died September 6th, 2007.

Subject/Index Terms

Adventure stories. - Juvenile fiction.
Authors, American. - 20th century - Interviews.
Bible. O.T. Genesis.
Bible stories, English - O.T. Genesis.
Camp, Madeleine Barnett.
Children's literature - Authorship.
Children's literature - Manuscripts.
Christian biography.
Christianity and the arts.
Christmas - Poetry.
Detective and mystery stories - Juvenile fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Jesus Christ - Art.
L'Engle, Madeleine - Biography - Juvenile literature.
L'Engle, Madeleine - Interviews.
L'Engle, Madeleine - Manuscripts.
L'Engle, Madeleine. Wrinkle in time.
Religion - Fiction.
Religion in literature.
Science fiction.
Sermons, American - 20th century.
Time travel - Juvenile fiction.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 140 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Access to the secondary non published portions of the collection is restricted to those researchers possessing written permission from Madeleine L'Engle's agent. Rights of publication must be secured from Ms. L'Engle's agent, or from the appropriate author or agent in the case of secondary works.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: In 1975 Professor Clyde S. Kilby of the English Department approached Madeleine L'Engle concerning the possibility of depositing her papers at Wheaton. She consented and in January 1976 the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the collection. Since that time the Special Collections has received regular shipments of material from L'Engle.

Preferred Citation: Madeleine L'Engle Papers (SC-3), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Processing Information: Last verified: Spring 2018

Other Note: The papers of Madeleine L'Engle (nee Madeleine L'Engle Camp), popular writer and lecturer, form a growing collection which presently occupies nearly 150 linear feet. The collection is comprised of personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts and galley proofs, articles, art-work, book reviews and announcements, photographs, and secondary source material. Copies of books by L'Engle are also stored in the Special Collections as part of the collection.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Books],
[Series 5: Journals],
[Series 6: Poems],
[Series 7: Articles],
[Series 8: Lectures, Addresses, Sermons],
[Series 9: Secondary],
[Series 10: Media],
[Series 11: Memorabilia],
[All]

Series 8: Lectures, Addresses, SermonsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: PublishedAdd to your cart.
Box 304Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" Chicago Sunday Evening Club. October 16, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Are We Human?" Chicago Sunday Evening Club. February 7, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," Chicago Sunday Evening Club. April 4, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "The Mythical Bible," Chicago Sunday Evening Club. 1991/92 seasonAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Emmanuel Church, Hartford"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "What About the Love?" Advent: A Season of Spiritual Awakening., 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Schedule of TopicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Author's Talk Draws Crowds At University" Country News Weekly-Southern Tennessee Heartland. October 17, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sequoyah Award Acceptance Speech. Oklahoma Librarian. July 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The Editor's Room." Smith College, Class Reunion Talk, 1971. Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine, Summer '77Add to your cart.
Folder 11: St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School, Comm 1980. The Occasional Paper. Pentecost 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Nomaste." Ashley Hall, Commencement, 1982. Ashley Hall Newsletter. July 1, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "ABC & XYZ; Dare to be Creative." Library of Congress. November 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Known by Name." Wilson College Commencement 1984. Anima. Fall 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Share it with everyone you meet." Wilson College Commencement 1984. Wilson Alumnae QuarterlyAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Acceptance Speech, Regina Medal. Catholic Library World. July/August 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Separation from the Stars" and "The Rewards of Failure." Baylor School , Archibald Yell Smith IV Lecture and Chapel Talk. Jan. 16-17, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Virginia Seminary Commencement Address, 1986. Virginia Seminary Journal. 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "On Being Human." Episcopal Church Women of Texas. June 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Kerlan Award Lecture. Kerlan Collection Newsletter. Fall 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Linfield College Baccalaureate Address. June 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "The Difference Between Man and Beast." Authors Guild Bulletin. June-July 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 23: [Strange Universe]Add to your cart.
Folder 24: [NCTE 92]Add to your cart.
Folder 25: [Strange Universe]Add to your cart.
Folder 26: ChicagoAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: "The Expanding Universe." Newbery Award Acceptance. Hornbook. August 1963 WellesleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Acceptance speech for Margaret Edwards Award, June 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "It's Not Fair", Chapel address 1998Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 305Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "The Baptism of Christ." Delivered in Goshen, CT. May 28, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "The Epiphany and Time." Adaptation from And It Was Good. January 24, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" For Chicago Sunday Evening Club., 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: On being named. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. January 10, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: For Good Friday. St. George's, Maplewood. Good FridayAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Smith 50th Reunion"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Wellesley"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Pentecost" May, 1991.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "AIMS" December 11,1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Chicago Sunday Evening Club"Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Subject to change without notice"Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Meditation 1"Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Meditation 3"Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sermon for Center Church, Torrington, Sept. 16, 1990.Add to your cart.
(two copies)
Folder 15: Sermon; delivered in Goshen, CT, May 28, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Two Sides of Mercury." College of Notre Dame of Maryland Commencement. May 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Creative Spirit" or "The Difference Between Man and Beast"Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "For the Last Hundred Years"Add to your cart.
Folder 19: International Reading Council, Honolulu., 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Dare to be Creative." Library of Congress. November 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "Meditation Four" of "Five Meditations"Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "Meet the Newbery Author." Script for reading. August 2, 19?Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "The Mystery of the 3rd Law of Thermodynamics or Trading Stamp Sex"Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Muffinism.", 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Meditation. Northfield Mount Hermon Church of Christ. October 7, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "The Scandal of the Particular"Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "The Tutankhamen Exhibit and the Value of the Individual"Add to your cart.
Folder 28: "Uzza." Wheaton College Chapel message. October 6, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Wheaton College Chapel. May 6, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Wheaton College Commencement., 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 31: "Nomaste." Ashley Hall Commencement., 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 32: "ABA Atlanta, 1978.", 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 33: "Chautauqua." for Chautauqua conference center, New York., 1986?Add to your cart.
Folder 34: "Luke." St. Luke's Cathedral. October 22, 1989 (?)Add to your cart.
Folder 35: "The Mysterium Tremendens et Fascinans."Add to your cart.
Folder 36: [Being Human...] Wheaton, July, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Smith 50th ReunionAdd to your cart.
(two copies)
Folder 38: [New Age]Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Goshen, Fourth of JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: 4th of July, 1993, Goshen Church, Children's StoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: November 4, 1989 SyracuseAdd to your cart.
Box 306Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "God's Show and Tell" Goshen Congregational, August 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: At Emmanuel Church, Hartford, April 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "God and Jury Duty" Goshen Congregational, July 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: At Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Chicago, IL, June 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: At Goshen Congregational, July 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: For Good Friday, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: At Woodstock - St Paul's, January 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: At St. Luke's Church, SF, for Good Friday service, April 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Goshen Congregational, July 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Goshen Congregational, September 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: At Trinity Church, Portland, CT, September 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Lucifer" Center Congregational Church, Torrington, CT, September 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: At St. John the Divine, October 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 14: At Center Church, Torrington, CT, September 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: At Congregational Church, Cornwall, April 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Two Sides of Mercury" College of Notre Dame of Maryland commencement address, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Christian Faith and the Creative Process" Wheaton College, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Orange Park, Florida, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Austin Seminary, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Laity Lodge, Texas, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "The Feast of the Transfiguration" August 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 22: St. Benedict House Retreat, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 23: St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School Commencement Address, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Goshen Congregational, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "For the 5th Reunion of the Class of '77" Smith College, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 26: 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 27: February, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Ashley Hall Graduation, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Smith College, May 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Commencement Address for The Cathedral School of Saint Mary, New York, June 4, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 31: The Highschool for the Humanities, NY, Dedication ceremony, September, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 32: "Celebrating Children's Literature as an Art Form" Children's Lit. Conference, November 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Library of Congress, November 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 34: "IV Advent" St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Mohegan Lake, New York, December 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Simmons College, Boston, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 307Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Community of the Holy Spirit, Melrose, Brewster, NY Retreat, January 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: May-84Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wilson College, PA, Commencement Address, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miss Porter's Commencement Address, June 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "For the Regina Medal Luncheon" Catholic Library Association, Boston, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "The Wonder of Pain", 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Wheaton, June 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Presbyterian Women's Conference, Purdue, July 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Chicago Sunday Evening Club, IL, October 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Wheaton College, IL, chapel talk, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Anglo-American School, NY, Graduation Address, June 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: University of Houston, Texas TAIR conference, September 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland Maine, October 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: 1-Apr-87Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Albany, May 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Wheaton College, July 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Sturgis Michigan, September 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Juneau Alaska, October 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Melrose, November 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Chicago Sunday Evening Club, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Smith College, February 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Houston Texas, March 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Goshen College Graduation, Goshen IN, April 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Holy Savior Priory, Pineville SC, May 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 25: 6/5/1988Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "Spirituality and Creativity" Women's Board of Missions, Pacific Islands, 117th Annual Meeting, 6/88Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Dallas Texas, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 28: 3/1/1989Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "The Triumph of the Human Spirit"Add to your cart.
Folder 30: St. Benedict's Peeks KillAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: "Sans Jury Duty"Add to your cart.
Folder 32: "St. Macrina & St. Gregory of Nyssa: Our Contemporaries" Parish of Trinity Church, November.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: "The Puzzled Horse" St. Peter's Community Church - October 24, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Sermon for Goshen Church, August 25, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 35: "To celebrate the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and its dean, James Parks MortonAdd to your cart.
[speech given for 100th anniversary of the Cathedral?]
Folder 36: Several speeches: On Pilgrim Souls: An Anthology of Spiritual Autobiography; "2nd Sunday after Christmas"; "Perhaps it's a matter of language..." ["Language of God"]; "Re[garding] the Millenium"; "I'm sitting at my computer and wondering..." [1999 or 2000, Northwest CT]Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Sermon for Torrington Congregational Church, October 19, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 38: An address to Wheaton CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Sermon for UCC in Cornwall, August 9, 1998, "10 Pentecost"Add to your cart.
Folder 40: "Last Sunday after Pentecost," sermon for First Congregational Church (UCC), Litchfield, CT [2 different copies], November 23, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Sermon for Church of Christ Congregational, Goshen, CT, November 30, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Sermon for Church of Christ Congregational, Goshen, CT, November 2, 1997Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Books],
[Series 5: Journals],
[Series 6: Poems],
[Series 7: Articles],
[Series 8: Lectures, Addresses, Sermons],
[Series 9: Secondary],
[Series 10: Media],
[Series 11: Memorabilia],
[All]


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