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Collection Spotlight: American Society of Women Engineers and Architects

(32368) ASWEA Logo Sketches, 1920

In 1919, University of Colorado engineering students Lou Alta Melton and Hilda Counts wanted to establish an American Society of Women Engineers and Architects—a women’s auxiliary that would run alongside professional engineering and architectural organizations.  read more »

Subject Focus: Merrill-Palmer Summer Camp

(32332) Group photograph, Merrill-Palmer Summer Camp, 1938

With the school year now upon us, the Reuther Library presents a look back at summers past as recorded in the Merrill-Palmer collections. As Edna Noble White, first director of the Merrill-Palmer Institute, once said, "The children of a nation are its greatest potential asset." This belief was reflected in the Institute's main role, which was the understanding and interpretation of the individual from birth to adulthood.  read more »

Subject Focus: Bernie Firestone

(32349) Labor Day, Parades, Firestone, Young, Detroit, 1989

Bernard “Bernie” J. Firestone was one of Detroit’s foremost social activists, a nationally recognized labor leader, and a champion of causes great and small. Influenced by everyday struggles, he was an advocate for anyone who faced oppression or injustice.  read more »

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