Archives & Special Collections

Housed in the Schurz Library, the Archives and Special Collections is the campus repository for papers, photographs, recordings, and memorabilia that document the history of IU South Bend as well as provide a glimpse into the history of the greater Michiana area. Visitors to the Archives and Special Collections can, with the assistance of archives staff, explore the donated collections of notable community leaders, learn about South Bend’s Civil Rights movement, listen to oral histories, or examine a large collection of photographs. This area also includes copies of many faculty and student publications, student masters’ theses, plus rare books and other unique materials. Several university records with high use, such as Academic Senate minutes and the Campus Bulletin have been scanned and made available online in the Archives of Institutional Memory (AIM).

Can’t visit in person? Contact Scott Shoger, IUSB Archivist, for more information about accessing the collections. Phone 574-520-4392.

Collection Highlights

Franklin D. Schurz Collection

Franklin Dunn Schurz (1898-1987) was the owner and publisher of the South Bend Tribune and chairman of Schurz Communications, a media group that included the Tribune, seven other newspapers in Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky and California, and four television stations. Mr. Schurz was pivotal in purchasing and securing land in the late 1950s for a new IU South Bend campus on the banks of the St. Joseph River. When the current library was built, it seemed fitting to name it after Franklin D. Schurz, a generous friend and supporter of IU South Bend.  Learn more about this collection

Streets Family Collection

The Streets Family Collection documents the life of South Bend, Indiana residents Dr. Bernard and Odie Mae Streets, and their families in previous and subsequent generations. The Streets were life-long community activists in South Bend and beyond. The collection documents both their service to and activities in the South Bend community through their personal papers and photographs. The Streets were key figures in community activism on many levels, bettering South Bend’s underserved populations and neighborhoods. The Streets family also was active in national non-profit and religious-based organizations. View the Streets Family Collection

Annie Belle Boss Papers

Annie Belle Rittel Boss was active as an early member of the Elkhart branch of the Woman’s Franchise League of Indiana. She helped organize the Elkhart YWCA and served as its president. She was the daughter of an Elkhart butcher, Philip Rittel, and the wife of John C. Boss, an engineer and inventor. Learn more about Annie Boss

James Lewis Casaday Theatre Collection

James Lewis Casaday (1907-1990) played a unique role in the life and culture of South Bend. Over a period of over 60 years, he mounted or participated in some 500 performances of school and community theatre groups. He brought to these performances a thorough knowledge of theatrical literature, high standards of production, a vivid and highly developed visual imagination, a love of music, "hands-on" abilities in costuming, a contagious enthusiasm, a strong interest in the artistic and personal development of his performers, and a unique, dominant personality. View the James Lewis Casaday collection