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 by appointment, with some materials available online. Contact IU South Bend Archivist Scott Shoger at or 574-520-4392 for more information.