The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends, located on the lower level of the Zondervan Library, houses a world-class rare book and manuscript collection, named after its original owner, the late Dr. Edwin W. Brown. The Brown Collection includes all first editions (both British and American) of books authored, edited, or with prefaces by C.S. Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles and Mere Christianity. It also includes many of his original essays and poems, over a hundred letters, and two very special manuscripts.
Other than C.S. Lewis, the author most prominently featured in the collection is the Scottish writer, preacher, lecturer, George MacDonald, whom Lewis called “his master.” The MacDonald section of the collection contains more than five hundred volumes, including first edition books, books with inscriptions and/or annotations by MacDonald, letters, manuscripts, and over a hundred original Victorian periodicals containing works by MacDonald.
The collection also contains an ever-increasing collection of the works of Dorothy L. Sayers, Owen Barfield, W. H. Lewis, Joy Davidman, and Charles Williams.
The Center also maintains the Lewis Room, which features hundreds of books, journals, visual media, and other materials. It is a comprehensive collection both of Inklings scholarship and of reader’s copies of books written by the authors. All materials in the Lewis Room are accessible, both locally and through inter-library loan.