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Jacques Ellul Papers

 Collection — Container: Books
Identifier: SC-016

Scope and Contents

The Jacques Ellul Collection is based upon a three-reel microfilm set, which follows Jacques Ellul: A Comprehensive Bibliography (published in Research on Philosophy and Technology, supplement 1, 1984) compiled by Dr. Joyce Main Hanks. The microfilm contains many of the hard-to-find Ellul essay, speeches and lectures. The comprehensive bibliography was followed by an update in 1991 (Jacques Ellul: A Comprehensive Bibliographic Update, in Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol. 11).

The prints from the microfilm, numbering over 6,000, comprise the bulk of the collection (7.5 linear feet). These prints are of Ellul's writings, dissertations, books, and articles on his writings and reviews of his books. His writings range in date from 1936 to 1983, while the secondary material ranges in date from 1939-1984. His writings are arranged chronologically while the secondary material is not, the prints follow the order found in the comprehensive bibliography, which serves well as a finding aid. The microfilm prints are followed by holographic and xerographic Ellul manuscripts totaling eight (8) inches. These are manuscripts for his books, lectures and addresses, and notes. Following the manuscripts are articles and reviews by Ellul, both xerographic and microfilm prints. All the folders in each box have been organized chronologically, except for the reviews, which are alphabetical by book title.

The collection also contains media material, including interviews with Ellul, conducted by Joyce Hanks (awaiting transcription) and others.

Secondary material finishes the collection with works on Ellul, critical reviews, correspondence concerning Ellul, and serials on Ellul studies.


  • Created: 1936-2017
  • Other: Date acquired: 1986

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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


31.00 boxes

10 linear feet other_unmapped

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

The Ellul Collection came to Wheaton College Special Collections through Graduate School alumna Joyce Main Hanks ('61). Dr. Hanks, through the assistance of Wayne Bragg and Paul Snezek, began transferring materials in the Special Collections in 1986.

Other Descriptive Information

The Jacques Ellul Collection displays the writings of an eminent French social critic. Many of his numerous writings have been translated into English, including The Presence of the Kingdom and The Ethics of Freedom. This collection, based upon a three-reel microfilm set, has been copied and arranged and includes nearly all of Ellul's articles, essays, etc., as well as reviews of his work. The collection comprises roughly 12 linear feet.

Processing Information

The collection was primarily processed by Jeffery Darensbourg during the academic years 1991-92 and 1992-93.

Jacques Ellul Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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