IU South Bend Collections



Chester and Elizabeth Fletcher Allen Collection
Papers of J. Chester Allen and his wife, Elizabeth Fletcher Allen, prominent African American attorneys in South Bend; documents their work with the NAACP and Urban League; 1928-1995

Jesse Dickinson Collection
Scrapbooks and other materials pertaining to the six-term state representative and two-term state senator from South Bend; 1941-1982

Freedom Summer Collection
Materials related to an IU South Bend field trip recreating the Freedom Rides of the 1960s; 2000-

Hering House Collection
Records of a center of learning and cultural activity for South Bend’s African American community modeled after Chicago’s Hull House; 1923-1966

Institutional Records Collection
Records of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, devoted to exploring “the civil rights struggles of the past so people can take action in the present and build a better future”; 2000-

David James Collection
Papers of the South Bend activist and musician; includes materials addressing his Vietnam draft resistance and work with UAW Local 2107; 1970-2017

LGBTQ Collection
Materials relating to the experience of people in and around South Bend who describe their sexual and/or gender identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer, as well as allies; 1970-

Dr. Richard Lamanna Collection
Papers of the University of Notre Dame sociology professor; includes materials related to school integration and the African-American experience in South Bend; 1958-2002

Oral History Collection
Oral histories conducted by the Civil Rights Heritage Center with members of the African American, Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities in Michiana, and others committed to civil rights and social justice; 2001-

Helen Pope Collection
Papers of the South Bend community activist and health care professional; includes materials related to South Bend Community School Corporation’s at-risk program and the YWCA; 1950s-2004

Small Collections
Smaller collections acquired by the Civil Rights Heritage Center that were not large enough to justify the creation of a stand-alone collection; 1920-

Streets Family Collection
Papers of South Bend community activists Dr. Bernard and Odie Mae Streets and their families in previous and subsequent generations; 1880s-2006


Annie Belle Boss Papers
Papers of an Elkhart resident active in the Women’s Franchise League of Indiana and its successor organization, the Indiana League of Women Voters; 1914-1931

James Lewis Casaday Papers
Papers of a theater director who was involved over 60 years with 500-plus performances by South Bend school and community groups; includes correspondence, scrapbooks and production files; 1880s-1990

Minority and Women Business Development Council Collection
Records of a South Bend-based organization devoted to empowering minority and women business owners; affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County; 1998-2002 (inventory only)

Occupy South Bend Collection
Materials related to the Occupy movement in South Bend; includes meeting minutes, oral histories and a manifesto; 2011-2012

Presbyterian Players Collection
Programs and scripts for productions by South Bend’s oldest community theater, affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church; 1960-1996

Franklin D. Schurz Papers
Papers of Franklin D. Schurz (1898-1987), owner and publisher of the South Bend Tribune and president of Schurz Communications; 1930-1987

South Bend Businesses Collection
Ephemera and photographs from the South Bend Malleable Range Company, South Bend Watch Company, Engman-Matthews Range Company, River Park Theater, Playland Park and Claeys Candy Company; 1910s-1920s

South Bend Student Publications
Copies of Michiana student publications The South Bend Communicator, Michiana Music Machine. Future Today, Expressions, Mayday and Appendix A; 1971-1979

United Auto Workers Local 590 and Torrington Company Collection
Records of the Torrington Company of South Bend, a heavy bearings manufacturer, and its union, the United Automobile Workers Local 590; 1940s-2010s

Mishawaka Woolen and Rubber Company Film Collection
16mm films produced or owned by the Mishawaka Rubber and Woolen Manufacturing Company and its successors; includes footage of Ball-Band Foreman’s Club Picnics; 1930s-1970s

Last reviewed: 02/2019