Archives & Special Collections

All Archives services will be provided remotely beginning Wednesday, March 25, with the closure of the Schurz Library. The Archives can be reached by email ( or phone (574-520-4392) during regular Archives hours for reference consultations or to answer any other questions. Digital resources remain available, including our new digital exhibits on IU South Bend history and women's studies professor Gloria Kaufman. For more, access a complete list of digital resources of the University Archives and the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

Learn more about IU South Bend and Michiana history through our Archives and Special Collections, which is home to four departments:

University Archives: The official home for records that document IU South Bend’s origins and development and the activities of its officers, faculty, students and alumni.
Civil Rights Heritage Center Collections: These collections tell the story of Michiana’s civil rights history, with an emphasis on African American, LGBTQ and Latinx experiences.
Michiana Collections: The papers of publisher Franklin D. Schurz and the records of the Torrington Company and UAW Local 590 are two highlights from our collections devoted to Michiana history.
Rare Books and Special Collections: Our distinctive collections include the Fink Autograph Collection (featuring Aaron Burr, Clara Barton and Booker T. Washington) and the Casaday Theater Collection.

We are open to the university community and general public Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 206 of the Schurz Library (the rare books room). Although appointments are not required, we recommend contacting us ahead of time to discuss your research interests. We invite and encourage all students, staff, faculty, researchers, and the general public to use our collections - whether the purpose is for teaching, research, or pure curiosity.

Contact us:
Scott Shoger, IU South Bend Archivist,, 574-520-4392
Tyler Davis, Archives & Special Collections Assistant,, 574-520-4644

Add Your Photo to the Bicentennial Time Capsule

Calling all IU South Bend students, staff, faculty and alumni: you are invited to submit a photo to be included in the IU Bicentennial Time Capsule!

Send us any one image that best represents your time at IU South Bend. It could be a group shot with friends, a selfie from your first (or last) day on campus, a snapshot of a class project -- or anything else you’d like to share with future generations.

To submit your photo, visit and fill out the short submission form. The deadline is March 31, 2020.

Photos will be printed on acid-free paper and sealed in the capsule, which will be buried in front of the Schurz Library in April 2020 and reopened in 2120. Submissions are subject to review. Contact with any questions.

Last reviewed: 03/2020