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Oral History Heroes: Dave Miller

(5098) Child Labor, Miners, 1910s

Since his early days as a child laborer in a textile mill, Dave Miller (1891-1979) devoted himself to the labor movement. Miller shared his life and times—and thoughts on the present and the future—in a circa-1972 interview available in the Reuther Library’s holdings.

Working on cataloging this interview, I came away impressed with Miller’s witness to a broad range of developments and events that shaped the twentieth century, not to mention his direct involvement in some them, including his advocacy for women’s suffrage and against the death penalty and his fight for universal health care. Miller deserves recognition for his pioneering work in the UAW alone, but he did that and more.  read more »

Collection Spotlight: Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons

DP's Arriving in Detroit...Detroit Times November 1, 1948

We’ve gathered hundreds of collections in our nearly 50 years, so sometimes even we forget what amazing things that are in our stacks. The Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons Records is certainly not our most popular collection, but it is particularly relevant given the current climate in our country.  read more »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — Holiday Closure

(25498) Dr. Martin Luther King, Portrait,1960s

Please note that Wayne State University and the Reuther Library will be closed Monday January 16th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Academic Calendar 2017 We'll reopen on Tuesday, January 17th at our regular time.

The Creation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(24784) Remembering King

The Reuther Library will be closed in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this January 16th. While we’re out, we wanted to tell you a bit more about the way this became a national holiday and the people who worked to make sure it happened.

Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was visiting striking sanitation workers in their fight for union recognition with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). It was an audience of strikers and supporters who heard his final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” However, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day does not commemorate a great leader’s death – it commemorates his life.  read more »

Year in Review: Collection Archivists

2016 was an active year at the Walter P. Reuther Library, especially for its collection archivists. Unique among archival repositories, the Reuther Library has six archivist positions directly supported by labor and cultural institutions, making us their official archives and giving the collection archivists the exclusive honor to preserve and provide access to their organization’s histories. Please enjoy the following highlights from each of our collection archivists on their work with the donor organizations and updates on their collections.  read more »

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