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Labor Day Closure

(2946) Parades, Labor Day, Detroit, 1957

The Reuther Library will be closed September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday the 5th.

Feel free to submit your questions via Ask an Archivist and we will answer them when we're back in the office. Enjoy the holiday!

Guest Post: Alexandrea Penn on Raven Award Experience

(36033) American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, circa 1980s.

What do Casey Kasem, Lily Tomlin, and Jeffrey Tambor all have in common? They are all Wayne State alumni, and their portraits are part of the Wayne State University Photograph Collection. The University's Public Relations Department (formerly Media Services) is responsible for capturing images of staff members, faculty, and students in order to record the members of their campus. The photographs in the collection span over fifty years, up to the early 2000s.  read more »

Reading Room Closure - August 10

Please note: the Reuther Library Reading Room will be closed this Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 12-4. Researchers will be able to access materials between 10-12.

Please contact Reference Archivist Kristen Chinery ( to make research arrangements.

Brown Bag Talk - Women in the Age of Mass Incarceration: Gender, Rights, and Punishment in Michigan

Please join Bonnie Ernst, 2017 Fishman Grant recipient, in a discussion of the research leading to her dissertation, “Women in the Age of Mass Incarceration: Gender, Rights, and Punishment in Michigan," Thursday, July 13th, 12pm at the Reuther Library.

In the final third of the twentieth century, women were the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, and women of color were disproportionately sent to prison. Nearly all scholarship on the history of the criminal justice system focuses on the imprisonment of men. Ernst's dissertation, “Women in the Age of Mass Incarceration: Gender, Rights, and Punishment in Michigan,” reframes historical narratives on imprisonment by focusing on women and gender.  read more »

12th Street, Detroit, 1967: Web Exhibit

(35782) Riots, Rebellions, Military Patrols, 1967

The Walter P. Reuther Library is proud to share a new web-based exhibit to accompany our current atrium display, 12th Street, Detroit, 1967: Employment, Housing, Policing, and Race Relations in Evidence. The web exhibit includes digitized archival documents from our physical exhibit as well as additional items from our archival collections for users to explore.  read more »

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