The legacies of those who fought to promote equality, civil rights, and social justice in our community are too important to lose. The Civil Rights Heritage Center preserves and shares Michiana’s civil rights history, as well as the history of the African American, LGBTQ, and Latino experiences.
Oral History Project
Each photograph, document, and physical artifact in the Oral History Project tells the story of how our communities have overcome obstacles and continue to face new ones. This collection serves as a record of our civil rights history, as well as the history of the African American, LGBTQ, and Latino experiences here.
Much of our vast archival collection is available online, for free, through a partnership with the St. Joseph County Public Library. The Michiana Memory: Civil Rights and African American History section contains thousands of photographs and documents, searchable and downloadable, for free. Students, teachers, scholars, and people interested in history are encouraged to explore and use this resource available any time of day or night.
The physical collection is stored in Special Collections at Indiana University South Bend’s Schurz Library. It is open to students, scholars, and people interested in researching our civil rights struggle.
For access to the physical collection, set up an appointment by contacting either:
Curator, IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center
phone. (574) 307-6135 | email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archivist, IU South Bend Archives and Special Collections, Franklin D. Schurz Library
phone. (574) 520-4392 | email. email@example.com.
"South Bend's Own Words" shares the stories of real South Bend people
Edited from the Oral History Collection of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Indiana University South Bend Archives, "South Bend's Own Words" showcases the lived experiences of people who lived, worked, and made South Bend their home.
From Executive Producer Kevin Tidmarsh and Civil Rights Heritage Center Curator George Garner.
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