Archives & Special Collections

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

Last reviewed: 07/2022