Reuther Library Access Update, Fall 2020

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 this fall. Though we are not offering walk-in visits at this time, we have developed a plan for safely expanded access.  read more »

The Detroit Interracial Committee and Racial Pragmatism, 1944-1950

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Sean Henry discusses the Detroit Interracial Committee’s (IRC) pragmatic attempt to ease racial tensions in the city following the 1943 Detroit riots. Assuming that it could not completely eliminate racial antagonism, the IRC instead used its Community Barometer initiative and the Detroit Public Schools program for intercultural education to identify and manage systemic racial inequities in the city.  read more »

SEIU: A Successful Union in an Era of Labor Decline

(29313) Local 82, Justice for Janitors Demonstration, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001

Dr. Timothy Minchin explores how the SEIU nearly doubled its membership from 1980-1995, during a time of significantly declining numbers in most other American labor unions.  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.