Learn more about IU South Bend and Michiana history through our Archives and Special Collections, which is home to four departments:
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.
Featured Digital Resources
IU South Bend: 200 Years in the Making
In 2019-20, we celebrated IU's Bicentennial with in-person and online exhibits telling the history of IU South Bend through text, photos, videos, maps and more.
South Bend’s Own Words
Drawn from the Oral History Collection of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, the podcast South Bend's Own Words showcases the experiences of people who lived, worked and made South Bend their home, including members of the African American, Latinx and LGBTQ communities. More oral histories from the collection are available on Internet Archive.
IU South Bend in the ‘70s
From the late ‘60s to the early ‘80s, Richard Feingold, camera in hand, was a ubiquitous presence on the IU South Bend campus, shooting cheerleading practices and poetry readings, building dedications and student protests. Negatives from his personal archive, digitized in 2017-18 with the support of the IU Bicentennial Office, are available on Image Collections Online.
African American History
Civil Rights Heritage Center collections devoted to African American life in Michiana include the records of community center Hering House and the papers of community activist Helen Pope, attorneys J. Chester and Elizabeth Fletcher Allen, and the Streets family. Explore these resources and others on Michiana Memory.
Last reviewed: 07/2022