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Office of the President Records (J. Richard Chase)

Identifier: RG-02-006

Scope and Contents

The records document the presidency of J. Richard Chase, sixth president of Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1953-2018
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1982-1992


Conditions Governing Access

Documents in this record group are closed 25 years from the date of their creation. Permission to view confidential portions of a file may be granted upon request and approval.

Minutes of executive committee sessions or Faculty Personnel Committee are closed for 15 years after the creation of the record. Personnel-related files are closed until 25 years after the death of the subject. Trustee records are closed until 50 years after the date of the creation of the record. Permission to view confidential portions of a file may be granted upon request and approval.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted. Quotation from archival records requires permission of Wheaton College.

Biographical or Historical Information

J. Richard Chase (Ph.D., Cornell University) came to Wheaton College in 1982 after serving twelve years as president of Biola. He came as the most experienced of all of Wheaton’s presidents and reinforced Wheaton's commitment to its biblical foundations. Chase oversaw a period of significant growth relating to endowment, buildings, and academic programs and  successfully shepherding the College through a period of cultural change and economic turbulence. He continually endeavored to attract to the College gifted students who could profit from its rigorous academic objectives and religious underpinnings, and he dedicated much of his eleven-year term to furnishing and providing funding for the administrative structures and procedures that would make the achievement of that goal possible. The College, higher education in general, and numerous national, state, and local organizations benefited from Chase's visionary leadership.


38 boxes

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The records of J. Richard Chase's presidency are inventoried utilizing the filenaming conventions created within his office structure and are transcribed within this record group as provided upon transfer to the archive.

Physical Access Requirements

Archival records must be utilized in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Source of Acquisition


Office of the President Records (J. Richard Chase)
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Wheaton College Archives Repository

501 College Ave.
Wheaton IL 60187-5593 USA