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Subject Focus: Poverty and Charity in Turn-of-the-Century Detroit

In the late 19th century Detroit’s industrial base and burgeoning prosperity quickly attracted immigrants from across the country and around the world, increasing the city’s population six-fold between 1860 and 1900. While the strong and industrious were able to find steady work, the city proved to be harsh to ill or injured laborers, the elderly and widowed, and others for whom life had not been kind. Numerous public and private social service organizations and charities formed to serve the needs of the growing number of Detroit residents living in poverty.  read more »

Meet Alexandra Orchard, New SEIU Archivist

This month Alexandra Orchard joined the staff of the Reuther Library as the new SEIU archivist. Being a long-time member of the Wayne State University community and having a family history in the labor movement, Orchard is looking forward to supporting the missions of the Reuther and SEIU.  read more »

Meet Beth Myers, New Reuther Director

This September the Reuther Library welcomed its new director, Beth Myers, PhD. Myers comes to the Reuther from Loyola University Chicago, where she served as the director of the Women and Leadership Archives for five years.  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 »

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