Building Closure

We are currently closed to the public to limit the spread of COVID-19. As staff are working remotely, we will do our best to assist you virtually.  read more »

Juneteenth - A celebration of freedom since 1865

Juneteenth Celebration flyer

President Lincoln is popularly given credit for freeing slaves in America with the Emancipation Proclamation. Though he personally did not support the use of slavery, his reasons for creating this proclamation were seen as more political and military than out of an advocacy for human and civil rights. His order, given as President and Commander in Chief of the military, did free people being held as slaves, but only in states that were in active rebellion against the Union. The Emancipation Proclamation gave military forces the authority and power to liberate slaves as they continued to gain ground in the South states.

But what does this have to do with Juneteenth? What is Juneteenth you might ask?  read more »

This Union Cause: The Queer History of the United Automobile Workers

Tales from the Reuther Library Podcast Artwork

Wayne State history PhD candidate James McQuaid discusses his research on the gradual cognizance and acceptance of queer autoworkers in the twentieth century, leading toward the UAW’s rapid embrace of LGBTQ-friendly policies and initiatives in the 1990s.  read more »

Solidarity Statement

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs continues to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all those fighting for racial justice. Over the past 60 years,  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.