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Event Announcement: "Flora Hommel: A Labor of Love"

On Thursday, July 30, celebrate the life and works of Detroiter and Lamaze childbirth method pioneer Flora Hommel through her collection at the Reuther Library. Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the late Flora Hommel and her collection at the Reuther Library through a display and discussion featuring local historians, Hommel’s family, and others associated with the Lamaze childbirth method.  read more »

Guest Post: The Ronald Raven Annual Award, Winter 2015

The Ronald Raven Annual Award provides a tuition stipend and semester-long internship in the Wayne State University Archives to Wayne State University graduate students in the fall and winter semester. The details of the award are located on the Reuther Library Scholarships page.

Kristin Kniffen was the sixth recipient of the Ronald Raven Annual Award, completing her University Archives internship in May 2015. The following is a summary of the internship in her own words.

From my very first day at Wayne State University as a master’s student in the joint History and Library Science degree programs, my professors have encouraged me to seek hands-on experience in the archival field. During earlier semesters I sought this experience through volunteer projects at the Charles H. Wright Museum, but by the time the Winter 2015 semester had rolled around I was still sadly without any formal processing experience. I finally gained that experience thanks to the Ronald Raven Annual Award. The work proved to be not only wonderfully educational, but deeply enjoyable as well.  read more »

Event Announcement: “This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s”

On May 22nd, 2015, the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the musical sounds and stories of Detroit, will hold its second annual conference at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. The Michigan Sound Conference will explore the ways that the Mitten State, and the Motor City in particular, have led the world in shaping the contemporary sonic landscape. As a part of the conference, the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs will host the one-day exhibit "This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s." This exhibit presents a selection of posters advertising musical, dramatic, and visual arts events in Detroit from the 1970s to the 200s, drawn from the papers of David Clements.  read more »

Event Announcement: Sarah Stanford-McIntyre Speaks on Oil, Labor, and Environmental Change

Sarah Stanford-McIntyre

The Reuther Library is proud to announce an upcoming brown-bag lecture presented by Sarah Stanford-McIntyre, a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary. This event will take place at noon on Thursday, May 21, in the Reuther Conference Room of the Walter P. Reuther Library. Ms. Stanford-McIntyre will present on her current research in her talk “Working Landscapes: The Labor of West Texas Oil, 1920-1970,” a regional history of oil, labor, and environmental change during the Permian Basin oil boom, including corporate imagery of technology, the mythology of the oil prospector, and the vital role of wage workers across the industry. The presentation is free and open to the public.  read more »

Event Announcement: Archival Practice Brown Bag Talk "Free Money: Basic Skills of Grant Writing for Archives"

A brown bag presentation series highlighting archival practice continues on May 15 with Reuther Library director Erik Nordberg’s presentation "Free Money: Basic Skills of Grant Writing for Archives." The one-hour session will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Woodcock Conference Room at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Nordberg has experience both awarding and managing grant-funded archives projects, having served as both executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council and director of the University Archives and Historical Collections at Michigan Technological University.

Open to students, alumni, and interested professionals and educators, future events in this series are scheduled on the last Fridays of the month. Contact Kim Schroeder for more information at 313-577-9783 / ag1797@wayne.edu or Erik Nordberg at 313-577-2013 /

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