The Henry Wade Rogers papers include biographical materials, correspondence and related materials, and publications and addresses. The papers are arranged in one box and date between 1890 and 1971. One folder (folder 7) contains biographical information on Emma Rogers.
Aside from the printed booklet In Memory of Henry Wade Rogers, biographical materials consist largely of clippings, the bulk of which date from the years 1899 and 1900. These concern Rogers' opposition to the United States' annexation of the Philippines and his resignation from the presidency of Northwestern University.
General correspondence is both incoming and outgoing. Both categories are arranged chronologically. The bulk of the correspondence dates between 1890 and 1899. For the most part it documents: 1) Rogers' efforts to bring commencement speakers and other prominent public figures to the Northwestern campus, and 2) his attempts to establish administrative control over intercollegiate athletics, particularly football. Related materials include items pertaining to Rogers' inauguration as Northwestern president and his participation, as chairman of the General Conference Judiciary Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the ecclesiastical dispute between Chicago's Trinity and Marie M.E. churches.
Several of Rogers' brief publications and addresses complete the series.