Housed in the Schurz Library, the Archives 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 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. Also stored here are copies of faculty and student publications and student masters’ theses. In addition, the Archives office maintains the library’s rare materials collection.
Can’t visit in person? Contact Alison Stankrauff, Archivist, for more information about accessing the collections. Phone 574-520-4392.
Campus Records Management information
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.
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.
The IU South Bend Archives has partnered with the Archives of Institutional Memory (AIM), a digital repository for disseminating and preserving official Indiana University records with long-term, indefinite administrative, legal, fiscal or historical value. IUSB campus materials that fit these criteria are stored in AIM.
Examine IU South Bend materials in the AIM.
Have questions? Please contact the IU South Bend Archivist