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C.S. Lewis Testimonies Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-11

Scope and Contents

This archive includes text from C.S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands describing the two surveys conducted in 1986 and 1996, survey ads and announcements, and responses to those surveys. Folders 4 and 5 contain copies of two letters by C.S. Lewis.

A 2014 survey was added to this archive in 2018, conducted by Dr. Alan Snyder, a professor of history at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Synder researched the influence of C.S. Lewis on the United States and is the author of the book America Discovers C.S. Lewis: His Profound Impact (Wipf & Stock, 2016). Part of his research included collecting personal testimonies from Americans on how reading Lewis has impacted their lives. The Marion E. Wade Center worked with Dr. Snyder to collect those testimonies. Respondents in this survey agreed to have their responses added to the Wade Center's archival collections.


  • Created: 1959-1996, 2014
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1986-1996, 2014

Conditions Governing Access

These responses were not originally intended for public use, and the full names and personal contact information of the authors has been redacted. Any photocopying or publication of materials by C.S. Lewis in this archive must first receive permissions from the Lewis Literary Executors (C.S. Lewis Company).

The 2014 survey participants gave permission for their responses to be in the Wade Center's archival collections. Further wishes of each participant are noted on individual responses under item #7 on the survey form.


1.00 box : 10 folders

0.3 Linear Feet

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This archive contains letters and emails responding to three separate surveys done in 1986, 1996, and 2014 regarding the influence of C.S. Lewis.

Related Materials

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

Batstone, Patricia. In Debt to C.S. Lewis. Dunkeswell, Devon: Cottage Books, Maslands Limited, 1999.

C.S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands: the Evangelistic Vision of C.S. Lewis. Angus J. L. Menuge. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1997.

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

Other Descriptive Information

There is a research copy of this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Schmidt, Jerusha Crone, and Chloe DuBois.

C.S. Lewis Testimonies Archive
Laura Schmidt and Chloe DuBois
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Revision Statements

  • 2018 and 2023: 2014 survey repsonses added in April 2018, more 1986 survey content added in 2023

Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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