Franklin D. Schurz


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.

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Collection Highlights

Franklin D. Schurz Collection

Franklin D. Schurz

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. 

Streets Family Collection

Streets gathering

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.

Annie Belle Boss Papers

1916-1917 Women's Civic Yearbook cover

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.

James Lewis Casaday Theatre Collection

James Lewis Casady

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.



Campus History

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.

Photograph Collection 

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. 

Community History

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 Collections

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. 

Institutional Repository

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


Updated 11/2015