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Christopher W. Mitchell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Wade-B-33

Scope and Contents

This archive includes papers from the career of Christopher W. Mitchell, who served as the third director of the Marion E. Wade Center from 1994 to 2013. The collection contains materials spanning from 1939 to 2013, including mainly notes by Mitchell, and short works by others.

Dates

  • Created: 1939-2013
  • Other: Date acquired: June 2015

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Christopher W. Mitchell was the third director of the Marion E. Wade Center from 1994 to 2013, and the first holder of the Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, from 2006 to 2013. In addition to serving as the Director of the Wade Center, Mitchell was Consulting Editor for VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review (now VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center), a journal published annually by the Wade Center on its seven authors.

Prior to coming to Wheaton College he served as a missionary and pastor. Mitchell received his M.A. from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where his concentration was Historical Theology with a particular focus on Jonathan Edwards.

Dr. Mitchell's published works include:

"Following the Argument Wherever it Leads: C.S. Lewis and the Oxford University Socratic Club, 1942 to 1954," in Inklings Jahrbuch fur Literatur und Asthetik (No. 17, 1999)

"Jonathan Edwards's Scottish Connection," in Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons, eds. David W. Kling and Douglas A. Sweeney (University of South Carolina Press, 2003)

"Making Doctrine Dance," Christian History and Biography, (Fall 2005 Issue)

“C.S. Lewis and Historic Evangelicalism,” C.S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper, Judith Wolfe and Brenden N. Wolfe, eds. (T and T Clarke, 2011)

“C.S. Lewis and Authentic Discipleship,” Knowing and Doing: C.S. Lewis Institute, A Teaching Quarterly for Discipleship of Heart and Mind, (Spring 2011 Issue).

He has also written articles for Who's Who in Christian History (Tyndale), Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (T and T Clark), the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, revised edition (Baker), and the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press).

He retired from the Wade Center in June 2013 and moved with his wife Julie to Southern California where he taught at the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 10, 2014.

Learn more about Chris on the Christopher W. Mitchell Memorial Page

Extent

1 box

.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This archive includes papers from the career of Christopher W. Mitchell, who served as the third director of the Marion E. Wade Center from 1994 to 2013.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in 4 series: Notes on Books by C.S. Lewis, Notes and Topics, Talks and Conference Materials, and Works by Others.

The Notes on Books by C.S. Lewis series contains copies of extracts from Lewis's books with annotations by Mitchell.

The Notes and Topics series contains mostly handwritten and typed notes by Mitchell on various topics, many of which are related to C.S. Lewis.

The Talks and Conference Materials series includes material from conferences Mitchell attended, and some talks by him.

The Works by Others series contains both published and unpublished material by others, many of which contain Mitchell's annotations. The majority of the works relate to C.S. Lewis.

Source of Acquisition

15/56

Related Materials

Publications:

Mitchell Publications Bibliography: Stored in the Wade Center's book, journal, and article file collections.

The Wade Center also has a number of Mitchell's personal books with his annotations in the Wade's book collection.

Sound and Video Recordings by Mitchell:

CSL-Y / SR-396, GKC-Y / SR-165

Christopher Mitchell. "The Marion E. Wade Collection." Oxford C.S. Lewis Society Lectures. February 28, 1995. Oxford, England: The Oxford C.S. Lewis Society.

CSL-Y / SR-225

Chris Mitchell. "C.S. Lewis' Spiritual Journey." June 21, 1995. Wheaton, Illinois: College Church.

CSL-Y / SR-536

Chris Mitchell. "Vantage Point - Radio Show." July 31, 1995. Chicago, IL: Northeastern Illinois University.

DLS-Y / VR-7

Christopher Mitchell and Barbara Reynolds. "Introduction to the Wade Center and The Unknown Dorothy L. Sayers." Wheaton College: 1997 Dorothy L. Sayers Convention, July 5, 1997.

CSL-Y / SR-453

Christopher Mitchell. "Lewis as Evangelist. Oxford C.S. Lewis Society Lectures." May 27, 1998. Oxford, England: The Oxford C.S. Lewis Society.

CSL-Y / SR-235

Christopher Mitchell. "Hidden Treasures: Researching Lewis at the Wade Center." C.S. Lewis and the Literary Tradition, 43rd Annual Writing and Literature Conference, September 24-26, 1998. September 26, 1998. Wheaton, IL: Communication Resources Department.

CSL-Y / VR-73

Christopher Mitchell. "The Lewis Centenary Year in Retrospect." C.S. Lewis and Friends: Frances W. Embank Colloquium. Upland, IN: Taylor University, 1999.

CSL-Y / VR-20

Christopher Mitchell, Colin Manlove [et.al.]. "The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis." Crouse Entertainment Group / The Duncan Group, 2001.

CSL-Y / SR-269

Chris Mitchell. "Interview with Dr. Chris Mitchell on Life of C.S. Lewis." March 8, 2001. Columbus, OH: CDR Radio.

GEN / SR-66

Christopher Mitchell, Lyle Dorsett, and others. "Wheaton College Wade Center Dedication." September 8, 2001. Wheaton, IL: Wheaton College.

CSL-Y / SR-515

Chris Mitchell. "PART 1: Surprised by Joy: Lewis' Theological Roots." Smithsonian C.S. Lewis Seminar. November 16, 2002. Smithsonian, Washington D.C.

CSL-Y / SR-516

Chris Mitchell and Marjorie Mead. "PART 2: Theology in Imaginative Forum." Smithsonian C.S. Lewis Seminar. November 16, 2002. Smithsonian, Washington D.C.

JRRT-Z / VR-2

Christopher Mitchell and Mark Eddy Smith. "Total Living with Jerry Rose" Program #121802. Chicago: Total Living Network, January 17, 2003.

CSL-Y / SR-273

Chris Mitchell. "An Overview and Summary of 13 Years of Public Debate." C.S. Lewis Weekend Seminar with Dr. Chris Mitchell. February 22, 2003. Lynchburg, VA: Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

CSL-Y / SR-274

Chris Mitchell. "A Closer Look at Specific Debates and Recurring Themes." C.S. Lewis Weekend Seminar with Dr. Chris Mitchell. February 22, 2003. Lynchburg, VA: Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

CSL-Z / SR-33

Chris Mitchell. "What Are We to Do with Jesus Christ?" C.S. Lewis Weekend Seminar with Dr. Chris Mitchell. February 23, 2003. Lynchburg, VA: Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

JRRT-Y / VR-5

Christopher Mitchell. "The Making of The Lord of the Rings." Wheaton College Homecoming Weekend Event Faculty Lecture, October 7, 2005.

CSL-Y / SR-486

Christopher Mitchell. "Understanding C.S. Lewis." Faith Conversations. December 4, 2005. Brookfield, WI: Elmbrook Church.

CSL-Y / SR-502

Chris Mitchell. "Always Winter, Never Christmas." Narnia and C.S. Lewis: Imagination, Reason, and You. January 14-15, 2006. McLean, VA: C.S. Lewis Institute.

CSL-Y / SR-504

Chris Mitchell. "Making Doctrine Dance: C.S. Lewis and the Theological Imagination." Narnia and C.S. Lewis: Imagination, Reason, and You. January 14-15, 2006. McLean, VA: C.S. Lewis Institute.

GEN / SR-75, GEN / VR-13

Chris Mitchell. "Wade Chair of Christian Thought Inaugural Lecture." March 16, 2006. Wheaton College / Wade Center.

CSL-Y / SR-513

Chris Mitchell. "Transposition." C.S. Lewis Today Conference. May 6, 2006. Robert Menzies College, McQuarie University, Australia.

DLS-Y / SR-73

Chris Mitchell. "Dorothy L. Sayers: 'Mere Christian.'" Dorothy L. Sayers Convention 2007. June 14, 2007. Wheaton, IL: The Marion E. Wade Center / The Dorothy L. Sayers Society.

GEN / SR-78

Chris Mitchell and Rick Richardson. "How Does the Gospel Address the Deeply Felt Need in Our Culture for Reenchanting the World?" Evangelism Roundtable 5: Imagination and the Gospel. April 23, 2008. Wheaton, IL: Billy Graham Center / The Marion E. Wade Center.

CSL-Y / SR-528

Chris Mitchell. "How Lewis and the Inklings Engaged Their Culture, Integrating Reason and the Imagination." Evangelism Roundtable 5: Imagination and the Gospel. April 25, 2008. Wheaton, IL: Billy Graham Center / The Marion E. Wade Center.

GKC-Y / SR-151, GKC-Y / VR-5

Chris Mitchell. "Chapel Message on G.K. Chesterton." October 24, 2008. Wheaton, IL: Wheaton College.

CSL-Y / SR-594, CSL-Y / VR-58

Chris Mitchell. "Mere Christianity: A Four-Part Video Study Guide for C.S. Lewis' Most Influential Work." C.S. Lewis Study Program. 2010. Springfield, VA: C.S. Lewis Institute.

GM-Y / SR-34

Christopher Mitchell. "The Wise Woman Book Discussion Group." February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011. Wheaton, IL: Wade Center.

CSL-Y / SR-533

Christopher Mitchell. 11 Lectures. "C.S. Lewis: The Lay Ministry of a Mere Christian." August 7-13, 2011. Glenside, PA: C.S. Lewis Institute.

GEN / SR-88

Chris Mitchell. "Interview with Chris Mitchell about the Marion E. Wade Center." All About Jack Podcast. 2012.

JRRT-Y / SR-58

Chris Mitchell. "The Gospel as Fairy-Story: The Literary Art of J.R.R. Tolkien." January 24, 2013. Wheaton, IL: The Marion E. Wade Center.

JRRT-Y / VR-20

"Tolkien and Lewis: Myth, Imagination, and the Quest for Meaning." Duncan Entertainment, 2017.

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Title
Christopher W. Mitchell Papers
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Date
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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Twentieth Century Handwriting
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English

Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

Contact:
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