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Joel D. Heck Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-54

Scope and Contents

This collection is organized in 27 folders by Heck’s correspondent’s last name. All correspondence involves Heck and a student or colleague of Lewis. Preliminary folders #1, #2 & #3 contain the Magdalen tutorial listing (a list of the students that C.S. Lewis tutored along with the students’ areas of study and scholarship information), Dr. Heck’s introduction and index to correspondents, and the notice that appeared in the forum of Oxford Today (Hilary 2003 issue).


  • Created: 1942-2003
  • Other: Majority of material found in 2002-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Permissions are required for photocopying or publication of all correspondence; contact individual correspondents for permissions.

Biographical or Historical Information

The following is Dr. Heck’s introduction to his index of correspondents.

In approximately January 2003, Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith, archivist for Magdalen College and University College, Oxford University, put a notice in the Forum of Oxford Today (Hilary 2003 issue) for me, inviting people who had studied with C. S. Lewis to contact me with information about their reminiscences of Lewis. Dr. Darwall-Smith put a similar notice in the Magdalen College Newsletter of January 2003. I specifically requested that they tell me about Lewis’s views on education and his practice of education. A copy of the online version of the Oxford Today Forum, in which this notice appeared, is included. Most of the correspondence in this collection came in response to this notice, except for the correspondence with Paul Piehler, Ronald Hyam, and Simon Barrington-Ward.

The purpose of the request was to get additional information about Lewis, the educator, for the book I was writing. The book is entitled Irrigating Deserts: C. S. Lewis on Education. It will be released by Concordia Publishing House in the summer of 2005.

The correspondence below is given in chronological order. All are former students except for Dr. Ronald Hyam, Professor of British Imperial History, Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward, Chaplain and Honorary Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Dr. Joel D. HeckVice President of Academic ServicesConcordia University3400 N. Interstate 35Austin, Texas 78705


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Correspondence between Joel Heck  and students or colleagues of C.S. Lewis in preparation for his book: Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education. Included in the correspondence are the Magdalen tutorial lists from 1926 to 1954, students'  lecture notes, an essay, a diary, newspaper clippings concerning Lewis and a brochure about the play Shadowlands.

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Related Materials

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

Heck, Joel D. Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006. Call no.: LB14.7 .H43 2005

Heck, Joel D. “Researching Lewis in Wheaton and Oxford.” Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review 22 (2005): 10.

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

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Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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