IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center Collection

Summary Information

Indiana University South Bend Archives
1700 Mishawaka Ave. P.O. Box 7111
South Bend, Indiana 46634
Telephone: (574) 520 - 4392
Email: archiusb@iu.edu
Creator: Indiana University South Bend.
Title:  Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center Small Collection.
Extent: One (1) bankers box at 1.25 cubic feet, one (1) flat case at 1.20 cubic feet.


Formed in 2000, the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center’s (CRHC) mission is, “to preserve the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the history of racial struggles and extraordinary achievements of local citizens.” Since its founding, CRHC students, faculty, and volunteers conducted research into the African American civil rights experience in and around South Bend, Indiana. They began an extensive Oral History collection and identified and acquired important archival materials from such prominent people as Helen Pope (for whom a scholarship at IU South Bend is named), Jesse Dickinson (African American Indiana state legislator), Dr. Bernard Streets (one of the first African American dentists), and others.

Perhaps their defining achievement was re-opening the former Engman Natatorium, a once segregated swimming pool on the west side of South Bend. Beginning in 2005, the CRHC led partners from IU South Bend, South Bend Heritage Foundation, and the City of South Bend to transform the dilapidated building into a new home for the Civil Rights Heritage Center. Opened in May 2010, the CRHC offers tours of local Civil Rights history, exhibitions (permanent and temporary), lecture series, and more active programming.

In addition to large donations from prominent people (such as those listed above), the CRHC has acquired materials of local significance. There are not enough materials in each of these donations to justify creation of its own sub-collection; therefore, they are included together here.

Scope and Content Note:

Material is arranged in order of donation, when that information is known. Donation forms (e.g. Deed of Gifts) are included when we have them. Some items are too large to fit in a standard bankers box. These are stored in a flat box stored in Archives Room #204A, in the lower shelving unit at the east end of the room.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Advance notice is required.

Usage Restrictions:
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University South Bend Archivst.

Preferred Citation:

[Item]: IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center Small Collection, Indiana University South Bend Archives.

Processing Information:

Processed by CRHC Tours and Collections Coordinator George Garner beginning in Spring of 2014. Materials are continually added. Updated to new Excel spreadsheet format in November 2015.