Guest Post: History of Detroit's Virginia Park Neighborhood

(27720) Cavanagh, Virginia Park Residents, 1967

Virginia Park, now officially a historic neighborhood in Detroit, was at the heart of the 1967 Rebellion. The district sits along Virginia Park Boulevard between Woodward and John R. and is now considered part of the New Center area. The neighborhood was the location of the Algiers Motel incident  read more »

Collection Spotlight: UAW Local 600 Records

(45061) Iron foundry workers

When I started as the UAW Archivist, one unprocessed collection stood as the clear priority to open to the public: The UAW Local 600 Records. The largest and arguably most influential local in the historic UAW, numerous researchers clamored for the papers since the union deposited them in the archives.  read more »

Judge Damon J. Keith Passes at 96 Years of Age

(41859) Judge Damon J. Keith, Portrait

The Reuther Library mourns the passing of Judge Damon Jerome Keith who made his transition April 28, 2019. A Detroit native and the grandson of enslaved Africans, Judge Keith lived during a number of pivotal moments in American and world history. Forced to endure and negotiate the confines of a world that too often worked against the interests and advancement of African Americans, he succeeded in life while making enduring contributions to its betterment.  read more »

Guest Post: Ciera Casteel on the Wayne State University Oral History Course Oral Histories

(28065) Strikes, Detroit Newspaper Strike, 1996

Over the course of the last few months I had the opportunity to work at the Reuther Library processing oral history collections. This was an incredible experience through which I was able to create tools to increase researchers' access to four relatively new collections: the Wayne State University Oral History Course Oral Histories. These four collections are a treasure for researchers studying a number of topics.  read more »

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