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Love Letters

(37645) Matilda and Vita on the beach, [Massachusetts, 1921].

Whether you celebrate the 14th of February or not, the day provides a good opportunity to take a closer look at some of the intimate stories contained within the Reuther's collections. While our purpose for collecting personal papers lies in their connections to organizations or social movements that help our understanding of the history of labor, metropolitan Detroit, or Wayne State University, it is often impossible to separate the private person from his/her public accomplishments. There is perhaps no better example of this than the Matilda Robbins Papers and the story of a deep love contained within.  read more »

Detroit's Olympic Bid

(37640) Olympic bid prototype logo

As PyeongChang prepares to light the torch for the 2018 Olympics, we are reminded of when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) almost passed the baton to the city of Detroit. The story of Detroit’s persuasive and nearly successful endeavor to bring the 1968 Olympic games to the Motor City is told through the documents of the Jerome Cavanagh Papers at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Detroit, thanks to postwar economic growth, had previously been suggested as the United States’ pick as Olympic candidate city.  read more »

Exhibit Announcement: Wayne State University Architecture

(25582)  Campus Buildings, Residential Homes, Warren Avenue, 1930s-1940s

Wayne State enjoys one of the most distinctive campuses in the state. The development of this space, however, has been a constant challenge due to its urban setting and lack of available land. The campus we enjoy today is the result of nearly 100 years of adaptive reuse of historic structures and new construction.  read more »

Moment of Silence for Memphis Sanitation Workers

(37622) I AM A MAN poster

On February 1, 1968, Robert Walker and Echol Cole of Memphis, Tennessee were killed on the job by a malfunctioning garbage truck. Ten days later, members of their union, AFSCME Local 1733, voted to strike. Their struggle for recognition of their union and their humanity caught the attention of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the entire nation.

Please join the Walter P. Reuther Library and AFSCME in observing a moment of silence for for these men.  read more »

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