Announcement: Now Accepting Applications for the Ronald Raven Annual Award

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, invites applications for the Ronald Raven Annual Award for the Winter 2022 semester. Graduate students enrolled in Wayne State’s History Department or the School of Information Sciences are eligible for this award. The successful applicant must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need. The award consists of a $1,500 tuition stipend and a semester-long internship in the University Archives. Students who have completed the introductory archival administration course LIS 7710/HIS 7840 are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline has been extended to January 31, 2022; preference will be given to early applicants. For details, please see our scholarships page.

UAW Aerospace Department Records Part II Now Open

(45940) Aerospace Workers Construct Apollo Spaceships

Watching footage of NASA’s space shuttles blasting off and orbiting the globe, did you realize you were looking at union-made vehicles? Just like a Corvette or F-150, those spaceships (along with their giant orange boosters) were built by union labor, represented by the UAW.

The newly opened addition to the UAW Aerospace Department Records shines a light on the industry side of aerospace.  read more »

Education NOW: The role of New Detroit Inc. and public engagement in reshaping Detroit's public schools

New Detroit Newsletter Masthead, 1970

How might the relationship and flow of information between parents and the Detroit Board of Education affect the quality and locality of a child’s education? How were the parents of children involved in the inter-district busing debate of the early 1970s informed on the judicial and legal changes factoring into their children’s education?  read more »

[Podcast] Bargaining for the Common Good: Milton Tambor Reflects on 50 Years in Labor and Social Activism

Tales from the Reuther Library Podcast Artwork

Labor leader and social activist Milton Tambor discusses his life’s work in Detroit since the 1950s as a social worker; AFSCME local union president, staff representative and assistant education director; and teaching faculty in both labor studies and social work at Wayne State University and other institutions.  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.