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Reuther Library Access Update

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

Subject Focus: Armistice Day and Veterans Day

World War II veterans registering for classes at Wayne University

Although the First World War did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, combat between the Allied nations and Germany ended on November 11, 1918, when an armistice was called for the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  read more »

Records of Jewish Community Council Reveal Mid-Century Concerns and Actions on Social and Racial Justice

(25363) Civil Rights, Demonstrations, Oak Park, Michigan, 1963

A lesser-known, and maybe surprising, source for historians and researchers looking at 20th-century race relations in Detroit are the Jewish Community Council Records, part of the Jewish Community Archives at the Reuther Library.
This large collection documents grassroots discussions and actions in Detroit’s Jewish community and the wider urban community particularly from the 1940s to the 1970s.  read more »

In Memoriam: John Sweeney (1934-2021)

(32616) Newspaper strike picket line

Former SEIU President John Sweeney passed away Monday, February 1, 2021 at the age of 86. Sweeney was well known for his union work, both as former president of the AFL-CIO (1995-2009) and as former president of the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) (1980-1995). His history with SEIU spanned four decades; he began as a member of then BSEIU Local 32B in 1960 and would go on to serve that same local as vice president and president in the mid to late 1970s.  read more »

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