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Open Monday through Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm (appointments are encouraged)
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday
To schedule an appointment, contact Kristen Chinery

In Memoriam: Flora Hommel, 1928-2015

Jack White, Flora Hommel, Coleman Young

The Reuther Library notes with sorrow the passing on May 15 of Flora Suhd Hommel.

Hommel was one of the pioneers who brought the Lamaze psychoprophylactic method of painless childbirth to the United States, establishing an important teaching organization in Detroit, the Childbirth Without Pain Education Association (CWPEA). She championed the rights of women to control childbirth, creating a grass-roots movement contemporaneous with the women’s movement of the1960s-1970s. Hommel and the CWPEA were important catalysts in establishing similar childbirth and parenting organizations and teacher-monitrice accreditation programs across the United States.  read more »

Event Announcement: “This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s”

On May 22nd, 2015, the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the musical sounds and stories of Detroit, will hold its second annual conference at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. The Michigan Sound Conference will explore the ways that the Mitten State, and the Motor City in particular, have led the world in shaping the contemporary sonic landscape. As a part of the conference, the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs will host the one-day exhibit "This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s." This exhibit presents a selection of posters advertising musical, dramatic, and visual arts events in Detroit from the 1970s to the 200s, drawn from the papers of David Clements.  read more »

HistoryPin: Tour Detroit's Eastern Market

(33276) HistoryPin, Map, Eastern Market

The Reuther Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new tour on HistoryPin: “Detroit’s Eastern Market”

Since 1891, Detroit’s historic Eastern Market has been the go-to destination for fresh produce, meats, and supplies of local businesses and residents. The market spans 43 acres of land on Detroit’s east side and is presently the largest public market district in the United States. It is home to over 150 specialty businesses, a thriving wholesale food industry and is a hub in the local artisan community. An average of 30,000-40,000 visitors attend the Saturday market during the high months.  read more »

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Manuscript and Records Collections - Recently Opened

The following list contains titles of Reuther manuscript and records collections added or updated within the previous two months. Click on each title for more information about the collections, including collection guides and finding aids.

Please contact Kristen Chinery, Reference Archivist for more information.