A special message from the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
The Walter P. Reuther Library was founded with seed money from the United Automobile Workers, and is the largest labor archive and one of the leading urban archives in America. As such, the Reuther is committed to preserving the vital historical records of unions and their workers, and the history of modern Detroit. This commitment is based on the belief that the history we protect is an important resource to inform scholars, students and community members.
Scholars, students and people from around the world visit the Reuther to conduct research and see our many exhibits. Recent exhibitions by our archivists have included I Am A Man, which displayed archival documents and photos from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike; Hear Me Roar, a history of women and social justice; the history of the UAW and the release of Nelson Mandella; accounts of the lives of Rosa Parks, Walter Reuther, Doug Fraser, and Albert Shanker; and the history of metro Detroit's African American and Jewish Communities.
We also continuously enhance digital access to our collections, exhibits and photos through our Web site. Our Web site features a complete annotated list of collections; image galleries; and such features as the Virtual Motor City, which is a searchable database with over 36,000 images of 20th Century Detroit from our Detroit News Photograph Collection.
Your gift will ensure that these and other programs continue to provide an enriching experience for Reuther Library patrons. We encourage you to learn more about the Reuther, and to consider a gift to this important institution and its valuable work.
You may provide your gift on-line using Wayne State University's secure Web site:
Please contact the Reuther at (313) 577-4024 for arranging a tour of our facility, or just to learn more about our collections.