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Event: “Assembly Line Housing: Walter P. Reuther, George Romney and Operation Breakthrough”

Kristin M. Szylvian, Associate Professor of History and LIS at St. John's University in New York, will discuss conflicts between federal housing agencies and organized labor concerning prefabricated housing.  read more »

Labor Day Closure

(2946) Parades, Labor Day, Detroit, 1957

The Reuther Library will be closed September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday the 5th.

Feel free to submit your questions via Ask an Archivist and we will answer them when we're back in the office. Enjoy the holiday!

Landmarks of Labor

(35295) Landmarks of Labor No. 1

In 1955, The Laborer magazine commissioned a series of paintings titled "Landmarks in Labor", including them in their publications throughout that year. Each painting depicts and describes vital accomplishments of the American labor movement, from the birth of the eight hour day to the founding of the Knights of Labor. The images, found in a collection of labor union photographs, are being presented but the Reuther Library in anticipation for the upcoming Labor Day.  read more »

Guest Post: Alexandrea Penn on Raven Award Experience

(36033) American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, circa 1980s.

What do Casey Kasem, Lily Tomlin, and Jeffrey Tambor all have in common? They are all Wayne State alumni, and their portraits are part of the Wayne State University Photograph Collection. The University's Public Relations Department (formerly Media Services) is responsible for capturing images of staff members, faculty, and students in order to record the members of their campus. The photographs in the collection span over fifty years, up to the early 2000s.  read more »

Archives in Media: The Cars that Made America

(3890) Fisher Body Plant no. 1, crowds, Flint, Michigan

After working with Magilla Entertainment since May, the Reuther’s AV Department was excited to view the August 13th premier of the History Channel’s docuseries, “The Cars That Made America.” The three-night, six-hour special event will kick off the network’s Car Week this Sunday.  read more »

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