Oral History Project

The center developed an Oral History Project to record civil rights memories and experiences of South Bend citizens. More than 50 interviews were conducted to date and will be located at the Archives in the Franklin D. Schurz Library on the campus of Indiana University South Bend with select transcripts available for viewing at the IUSB Natatorium.

The Oral History Project was the brainchild of Dr. Les Lamon, the CRHC’s founding Director, and Dr. Monica Tetzlaff, the CRHC’s second Director. In 2013-2014, Dr. Marc Rodriguez, as CRHC Director, oversaw a complete review of the Oral History Collections and the nearly 15 years of materials will be processed and much of it will be available for viewing at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. The initial project was supported in part by the African American Community Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.

If you wish to view materials held at the IUSB Archives please contact:

Alison Stankrauff, Archivist

Email:, Phone: 574-520-4392

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The Oral History Collection is the heart and soul of the CRHC and one of its contributions to the production of knowledge about Civil Rights in Michiana. The first series of interviews were conducted in the African American community, but the CRHC hopes to expand the Oral History Project to explore the civil rights activities of women, Latinos, the GLBT community, and Native Americans in Michiana. There are many threads to the Civil Rights Heritage story in Michiana, and the Oral History program allows the community to participate (we encourage the donation of self-conducted or family-conducted interviews), as well as IUSB faculty and students.

If you are interested in participating in the Oral History Project, please call the CRHC at (574) 520-4420