Reuther Library Access Update

The Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs continues to serve your needs as researchers with a focus on safety considerations to keep our staff, researchers, and communities healthy. We are pleased to share our plan for research operations. Though we are not offering walk-in visits at this time, we have developed a plan for limited safe access.  read more »

Records of Jewish Community Council Reveal Mid-Century Concerns and Actions on Social and Racial Justice

(25363) Civil Rights, Demonstrations, Oak Park, Michigan, 1963

A lesser-known, and maybe surprising, source for historians and researchers looking at 20th-century race relations in Detroit are the Jewish Community Council Records, part of the Jewish Community Archives at the Reuther Library.
This large collection documents grassroots discussions and actions in Detroit’s Jewish community and the wider urban community particularly from the 1940s to the 1970s.  read more »

In Memoriam: John Sweeney (1934-2021)

(32616) Newspaper strike picket line

Former SEIU President John Sweeney passed away Monday, February 1, 2021 at the age of 86. Sweeney was well known for his union work, both as former president of the AFL-CIO (1995-2009) and as former president of the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) (1980-1995). His history with SEIU spanned four decades; he began as a member of then BSEIU Local 32B in 1960 and would go on to serve that same local as vice president and president in the mid to late 1970s.  read more »

Position Opening - University Archivist

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University seeks applicants for the position of University Archivist. Reporting to the Reuther Library Director, the successful candidate will develop and maintain the collections of the University Archives and provide leadership and vision in archival administration and the use of university records.  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.