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Reuther Library receives Michigan Humanities Council Grant

(354) Riots, Rebellions, Civil Unrest, Detroit, July 1967

The Reuther Library is proud to announce that it has been awarded a Humanities Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council. The grant will support an exhibit of selected materials related to Detroit’s 1967 Civil Unrest, taken from the Reuther's over 40 archival collections on the topic. The exhibit will be installed in the Reuther Library’s atrium in April 2017 and will be accompanied by a web exhibit and document sets for use in K-12 classrooms. Visitors will learn about analyzing archival material and begin to understand the archive as a place that belongs to the community it serves.  read more »

Memorial Day Closure

(32212) First World War, Civilian Support, Liberty Loans Rally, Detroit, 1918

Please be advised that the Reuther Library will be closed this May 30th for Memorial Day. We'll be open based on our regular schedule the following day, May 31st.

To learn more about service during the war, visit our image galleries related to World War I and World War II.

Event: "Putting Class on the Map: Towards a Labor Cartography"

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(34343) McFarland Map of UAW Local 174 Connections

Please join us June 1 at noon for a brown bag research discussion in the Reuther Conference Room.

From hand-sketched diagrams of plant layouts drawn up in hasty preparation for strikes, to diagrams of syndicalist visions of One Big Union, mapping has long been an important but overlooked part of labor organizing. Steve McFarland, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Tampa, will be at the Reuther Library in May and June doing research into maps created by workers organizations.  read more »

Event: Sacramento Knoxx and Storytelling as History

Sacramento Knoxx and Storytelling Event

The 5th event in our series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” will take place at 6pm this Friday, April 22, as part of the Wayne State University Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies’ Academia del Pueblo!

Join us in General Lectures room 150 for an exploration of storytelling and narrative evidence. We’ll feature a performance from Sacramento Knoxx, who will share his new piece on Southwest Detroit.

We will also discuss the future of the Detroit area's archival records in a panel:

"What Do We Need to Document Our Community's History Into the Archives?"  read more »

Event: Joel Suarez discusses “Work and the American Moral Imagination, 1940-1996”

(29186) Clerical Workers, 1950

Please join the Reuther Library for a presentation from our latest Fishman grant recipient this April 8, 2016, at noon.

Joel Suarez, a doctoral student from Princeton University, considers the values ascribed to work in the wake of its transformation in the latter half of the twentieth century. He explores how contending visions of the good life— among intellectuals and policymakers, but most importantly workers—were challenged and reconstituted amid changes wrought by industrialization, deindustrialization, and the ascent of low-wage service sector work.  read more »

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