Explore Other Archival Materials
The story of Indiana University South Bend stretches back to the early decades of the 20th century. Campus History collections include campus publications, architectural plans and blueprints, formal and informal documents, and media. This is where you can find materials about student life and athletics, and copies of student publications like The Preface and The IUSB Vision, an unofficial student newspaper.
The Archives holds an extensive collection of photographs, negatives, and slides. The collection provides a visual record of IU South Bend’s history, from commencement ceremonies and academic divisions to student organizations and special campus events. Images of the campus show the many changes since the first classes were held, and range in subject from construction projects to campus artwork.
Part of the mission of Indiana University South Bend is to serve as a cultural resource to the community-at-large. The Community History collections in the Archives reflect this, providing primary source materials about local businesses, unions, and notable local figures. Researchers will have access to information in handwritten documents, motion picture film, audio and video recordings, and transcripts.
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Visitors to the Civil Rights Heritage Center, located in the former Engman Public Natatorium in South Bend, will discover the story of how this supposedly “public” swimming pool excluded people of color, and the people who fought against and eventually overcame that practice of segregation. Through the history of this building, we share how the history of the African American experience in South Bend, how the community pushed for true equality, and how many different communities – including Latino and LGBTQ – continue to confront new ones. The Center's collections are stored in the Archives at the Schurz Library on the IU South Bend campus.
Have questions? Please contact the IU South Bend Archivist