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Helen Pope Papers

Indiana University South Bend Archives

Summary Information
Repository:
Indiana University South Bend Archives
1700 Mishawaka Ave. P.O. Box 7111
South Bend, Indiana 46634
Phone: (574) 520 - 4392
Email: astankra@iusb.edu
Creator: Indiana University South Bend.
Title: Helen Pope Papers
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet

Abstract:
The Helen Pope Collection documents the life of South Bend, Indiana resident Helen Pope. Helen Pope was a life-long community activist and health care professional in South Bend and beyond. The collection documents both her service to and activities in the South Bend community through the years through her personal papers. Ms. Pope was a key figure in community activism on many levels – bettering South Bend’s underserved populations and neighborhoods. She also was active in national non-profit and religious-based organizations.

Scope and Content Note:
Material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject. The collection material spans from the 1950s to Ms. Pope’s death in 2004. The majority of the materials in the collection are from the 1980s. Further, the collection documents several South Bend-specific betterment organizations, including – but not exclusive to: the Near North West Side Neighborhood Organization, the Discovery Hall Museum, the Urban Enterprise Zone, the Studebaker Corridor Program, the South Bend and St. Joseph County Urban League. There also is much material from Ms. Pope’s church, Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church on South Bend’s West Side.

Administrative Information
Access Restrictions:
This collection is open for research.
Advance notice is required.
Usage Restrictions:
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University South Bend Archivist.
Preferred Citation:
Helen Pope Papers, Indiana University South Bend Archives.
Custodial History:
This collection was donated to the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center by Jerry Pope in 2006.
Processing Information:
Processed by IUSB Archivist Alison Stankrauff July 2007.

Biographical Note
Helen Pope was a community activist and civil rights activist in South Bend, Indiana. Pope grew up on the west side of South Bend in the 1920s. She attended Linden Elementary School and then Central High School. In 1950, she was a polio nurse at the Northern Indiana Children’s Hospital in South Bend – and worked to desegregate the facility. She went on, in 1965, to serve the city and its population in many capacities, including in the South Bend Community School Corporation’s STEP program, which worked with at-risk youth. She also served as the social service director for the YWCA in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, Pope worked as the director as social and health services planner for Model Cities, a federal program to imagine an ideal community. In 1999 Ms. Pope was inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame. Ms. Pope was married for more than fifty years to James Pope, an activist in his own right – as well as World War Two veteran, long-time barber, and Counsel to Indiana State Attorney General in the 1980s. She continued to serve the community until she passed away in 2004.

Contents List

Box
Folder
Contents
1
1
Address Book of Helen Pope
1
2
African American Culture and History - 1940s to 1980s (1 of 2)
1
3
African American Culture and History - 1990s to 2001 (2 of 2)
1
4
American Friends Service Committee - 1958 – 1959, n.d
1
5
Arts Midwest Jazz Letter - 1986
1
6

Benton Harbor Area Schools Parent Workshop – April 23 and 24,1981

1
7

Black Women in the Middle West Documentary Heritage Project –1984, 1985, n.d

1
8
Children and Education – Related Materials – 1964 to 1987, n.d
1
9
Christian Academy – 1992
1
10
Church/Religion – Related Materials - 1965 to 1979 (1 of 2)
1
11
Church/Religion – Related Materials - 1988 to 1983, n.d. (2 of 2)
1
12
Civic Organizations of St. Joseph County - 1965 – 1966
1
13

Comprehensive Employment and Training Administration of St. Joseph County - 1975 and n.d

1
14
Consumer – Related Materials - 1959 to 1969, 1999, n.d
1
15
Ebony Magazine and Publisher John Johnson – 1949 to 1979, n.d
1
16

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Certificate - 1991 (of Helen and James Pope)

1
17
Funeral Programs - 1973, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1999
1
18
Genealogical Materials
1
19

Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church – circa 1940s, 1987,1993, n.d

1
20
Hansel Center - 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, n.d
1
21
Health - Related Materials - 1950s to 1990s, n.d
1
22
Housing Survey - 1970s
1
23

“Indiana Federation of Clubs” (National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs) – 1954

1
24
James Pope Barber Certificate - 1956 – 1957
1
25
James Pope, Captain in U.S. Army Medical Department – circa 1970s
1
26
James Pope, Counsel to State Attorney General – 1987
1
27
Job Corps - 1964, 1976, 1977, n.d
1
28
“Klondike Big Inch Land Company” Deeds – 1954
1
29
Logan School – 1955
1
30
Medical Records - 1987 and 1989
1
31

Memo Book and Note Pad – n.d. and 1970 to 1971; Note Sheet, n.d

1
32
Memorial Hospital Black History Month Recognition - 1985
1
33

Mental Health Association of St. Joseph County – 1968, 1969, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, n.d

1
34
Michiana Spokesman – 1981
1
35

Michigan Annual Conference of African Methodist Episcopal Churches Program – 1979

1
36
Miscellaneous – 1931, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000, 2001, n.d
2
1

Model Cities Materials - 1969, 1972 to 1975 and n.d.: South Bend Program Materials

2
2

Model Cities Materials - 1968 to 1975: National Program Materials

2
3
Music Programs -1950 to 2001, n.d
2
4
National Afro – American Museum – 1984, 1986, 1995
2
5

National Association of Colored Women Statement to U.S.Committee on Labor and Public Welfare - 1954

2
6

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs – 1964

2
7
National Exposure Registry, 1989 - n.d
2
8
Neighborhood Improvement Materials – 1979 to 1992, 1999, 2001, n.d.
Note – this file includes the following organizations:
  • Near North West Side Neighborhood Organization
  • Discovery Hall Museum
  • Urban Enterprise Zone
  • Studebaker Corridor Program
2
9
Newsletter to Divorced Women (La Porte, Indiana) – 1988
2
10

Newspaper Interviews with Helen Pope (South Bend Tribune) 1998 and 1999

2
11
Northern Indiana Children’s Hospital - circa 1956
2
12
The Old House Journal - 1981, 1983, 1984
2
13
Older Adults Council – 1980, 1982, 1983
2
14
Our Day Together Club Expense Book - 1948 to 1952 and n.d.;
Our Day Together Club Meeting Minutes – November 23, 1955
2
15
Photographic Negatives – unidentified
2
16
Pinhook Pageant – 1976
2
17
Powell House, South Bend – 1975, 1979, 1980
2
18

President Lyndon Johnson Inauguration Program - January 20, 1965

2
19
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, n.d
2
20
REAL Services – 1975, 1990s, n.d. (both Helen and James Pope)
2
21
Shepherd’s Center - 1994 to 1995
2
22
South Bend Community Hall of Fame – 1999
2
23
South Bend Demographic and Legal Records – 1971
2
24
South Bend Farmers Market Calendar – 1978
2
25
South Bend Heritage Foundation, 1984 to 1987, n.d
2
26
South Bend “Mayor’s Night Out/In” – 1989 to 1991
2
27

South Bend West Washington National Historic District House Tour – 1988, 1991 and 1992

2
28
Spirituals: Introduction and Sheet Music – 1969
2
29
St. Augustine’s Catholic Church - 1935 to 1978
2
30
St. Joseph County Human Resources Guide – circa1980s
2
31
Stelling Village, Inc. Folder with Attached Photograph – 1955
2
32
Student Peace Union – 1965
2
33
Tax Materials – 1985, 1987, 1992 (both Helen and James Pope)
2
34

Urban League of South Bend and St. Joseph County – 1969, 1971, 1993

2
35
Women – Related Materials – 1960s, 1970s, 1980s,        n.d
2
36

Women’s Church Organizations – 1953, 1977 to 1985, n.d. (Includes Church Women United)

2
37
YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) – 1967, 1972
2
38
Photographs, circa 1990s to 2003
2
39
Helen Pope Memorial Program, March 30, 2004
2
40
Oversized Items
Includes:
  • “Black Manifesto” – Speech given by James Forman at the National Black Economic Development Conference, Detroit, April 26, 1969
  • Folder with South Bend, Indiana Sticker (n.d.), with Helen Pope’s name and Model Cities on it
  • Six issues of Job Corps’ newsletter, Happenings, 1976 and 1977
  • Action UNDP newsletter, published by the United Nations, May – June 1977.
  • Development newsletter, published by the United Nations, May 1977.
  • Folder from National Association of Neighborhood Centers – Midwest Area Conference, August 3 – 4, 1973.
  • “Journey of a Lifetime”, published by Wholesale Tours International, 1969.
2
41
Interview Transcripts – Civil Rights Heritage Center Project:
Recording the Civil Rights Movement in South Bend
Helen Pope Interviewed by Dr. Lester Lamon, Kathy O’Dell, John Charles  Bryant, David Healey (August 23 Interview); Kathy O’Dell(December 6 and January 17 Interviews).
Note: Copies of these same interview transcripts – along with audio recordings on CD format – are held in the IUSB Archives’ Civil Rights Heritage Center Oral History Collection.

Arrangement
Items arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
Finding Aid prepared by Alison Stankrauff, July 2007. Material added, April 2009.



Last Reviewed: 03/2014