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Holiday Closure

(2439) Buildings, J.L. Hudson's Department Store, Detroit, 1960

The Reuther Library will be closed this July 4 in honor of Independence Day. We will be back to our normal hours beginning Tuesday, July 5.

In the meantime, feel free to ask your questions at Ask an Archivist and we will assist you when we return.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Exhibit: "25 Years, 25 Treasures" from the Jewish Community Archives

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(33760) DeRoy Memorial, Groundbreaking, Jewish Community Center, Detroit, 1939

The Reuther Library is proud to host “25 Years, 25 Treasures,” a new exhibit celebrating the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archive’s 25th anniversary!

25 Years, 25 Treasures will showcase 25 significant photographs, documents, and objects from its collection. These key pieces tell the remarkable story of Detroit’s Jewish community.

Since 1991, the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives has collected over 2 million documents, 25,000 photographs, and recorded over 100 oral histories chronicling the rich and varied history of Detroit’s Jewish community. The Reuther Library has served as a partner in this effort, housing the majority of the collection and hosting researchers in our reading room.  read more »

Event - GM Never Surrendered: The Paragraph 19E Controversy at UAW Local 653 during the 1960s

(34279) "Sit Down" sheet music

Please join us this July 21st for a lunchtime presentation of the work of Dr. Greg Wood as he explores the relationship between the UAW and General Motors in the generation after initial struggles for union recognition.

Utilizing records found in the UAW Region 1B Collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library, this talk examines anti-union practices on auto industry shop floors during the 1960s. Throughout the decade, UAW committeemen at General Motors in Pontiac, for example, confronted extensive management efforts to roll back the power and presence of organized labor in what was supposed to be a closed shop.  read more »

In Memoriam: Marjorie S. Fisher

(34381) Max and Marjorie Fisher, Palm Beach, Florida, 1982

The Reuther Library notes with sadness the death of Marjorie S. Fisher on June 12. The wife of Max M. Fisher, Marjorie Fisher was the founder with her husband of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. She became the Founding Chair of this family-run foundation after the death of Max Fisher in 2005.  read more »

SEIU's International Convention in Detroit

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(34369) Our Unstoppable History exhibit

Few archives actively collect and collaborate with active donor organizations like the Walter P. Reuther Library. This special relationship was on full display at the 2016 International Convention of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Detroit. The union made a special point to incorporate historical resources from the Reuther Library, its official archives, into the proceedings this May.  read more »

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