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NFPF Grant Project: Wayne State University Historic Films

(33929) Irene Day, Wayne State University, Alumni, Broadway and radio performer, Detroit, 1932

The Walter P. Reuther Library is pleased to announce the restoration, duplication, and digitization of two 16mm historic Wayne State University films. The Reuther’s Audiovisual department received a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) grant that made all of the work possible. The historic films document the years 1925 and 1932 in Wayne’s history (before it was actually named Wayne State University) and are a part of a newly discovered series of silent films that span the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

The films give the viewer a glance into what college life was like for students nearly one hundred years ago.  read more »

Farewell to Our Friend and Colleague

The staff of the Reuther Library is mourning the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Tom Featherstone. Tom died unexpectedly on September 15. His passing leaves a tremendous void at the Reuther Library, and in the archival world as a whole.

Tom joined the Reuther Library audiovisual staff in 1979. Having earned a B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico and a M.A. in History from Wayne State University, Tom specialized in Archival Administration, specifically in audiovisual preservation and conservation. He provided advice and assistance to literally thousands  read more »

Introducing new Wayne State University Archivist Casey Westerman

The Walter P. Reuther Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Casey Westerman as the new University Archivist. He will be in charge of the archival records of Wayne State University here at the Reuther. Casey is originally from Kankakee, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for his Bachelors in History and Philosophy of Science and his Masters in Library Science. He also recently achieved  read more »

Reuther Library content used in new documentary

(8745) Walter Reuther, Richard Frankensteen, "Battle of the Overpass", Dearborn, Michigan

Walter Reuther and Richard Frankensteen shortly after being attacked by Ford Service men during the “Battle of the Overpass.” The men were beaten for distributing United Auto Workers leaflets outside of the Ford Rouge Plant, Dearborn, Michigan, 23 May 1937.

The 2010 North American Labor History Conference will top off this year’s event with a viewing of the latest cut of the new documentary Brothers on the Line on Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 AM.

The documentary, which relies heavily on the collections of the Walter P. Reuther Library, looks at the lives of the Reuther Brothers, Walter, Victor, and Roy, and their struggles to organize the United Auto Workers  read more »

Audiovisual Collection

The Audiovisual Collections at the Walter P. Reuther Library consist of still and moving photographic images, sound recordings, art work and artifacts. The collections focus on three major historical subject areas: American Labor, Metropolitan Detroit, and Wayne State University, and include materials pertaining to 20th century industrial unionism, social, political, and radical reform movements, civil rights, women in the workplace, and twentieth century Detroit history.

To order digital images/photographs, please click on the Digital Image Request Form and fill it in. An AV Archivist will contact you with the specifics of your order.

Refer to the Reproduction and Use fees at the links below for pricing.

The Audiovisual Collections are open to the public by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment to view photographs, email AV Archivist Deborah Rice (drice@wayne.edu) or Elizabeth Clemens (elizabeth.clemens@wayne.edu). To schedule an appointment to listen to audio recordings or view film or video collections, email AV Archivist Mary Wallace (maryjwallace@wayne.edu).

Direct AudioVisual reference questions by emailing us at: reutherreference@wayne.edu

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