Reading Room — Hours of Operation:

Open Monday through Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm (appointments are encouraged)
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday
To schedule an appointment, contact Kristen Chinery

Collection Spotlight: Minoru Yamasaki's Campus Buildings

(25937) Buildings, McGregor Memorial, Gardens, 1958
On April 15, 2015, the National Park Service designated Wayne State University's McGregor Memorial Conference Center as a national historic landmark. The 1958 building is one of four on the Wayne State campus designed by the architect Minoru Yamasaki.

On May 1, 2013, the reflecting pool and sculpture garden of the McGregor Memorial Conference Center was re-opened to the public after months of restoration and repairs. Information on the reopening ceremony, and details about the renovation, can be found here.

By virtue of the time and place of its founding and development -- that is, a large industrial city in the 20th Century -- Wayne State University has always been a modern, urban institution, and it's only appropriate that its architecture has reflected its character. Minoru Yamasaki, who designed four buildings for the campus, is more closely associated with the look of Wayne State than any other architect.  read more »

Event Announcement: Dr. Michelle Rodino-Colocino Speaks on Photography and Worker Productivity

Dr. Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will provide an overview of her research into the role that media has played in labor-management relations. This brown-bag presentation will take place at noon on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Reuther Conference Room of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. Her book-length project, Making Media Work: A Cultural History of New Media and Labor Management, explores how new media from film to smart phones has figured in management’s promotion of, and workers' resistance to, so-called “speedup” practices that intensify work for less return. The presentation is free and open to the public.  read more »

Announcement: Change to Digital Imaging Policy

In response to patron feedback and a review of policies at similar institutions across the country, the Reuther Library made a change to its digital imaging policy for the reproduction of materials in the Reading Room. Patrons may now use a cell phone, tablet, or digital camera for their imaging needs. The Reuther will continue to provide digital cameras on a first come, first served basis.

The $0.25 per image fee has been replaced with a daily imaging fee of $10.00, plus tax. There is no charge to patrons taking fewer than ten images. Patrons are still responsible for recording information about the images they take on the Digital Image Request Sheet regardless of equipment used. Patrons may request publication-quality images of any material from the Reuther Library at its standard fees.

Reuther Library reference policies are listed on our Reading Room page. Please direct questions or comments about the change in policy to Kristen Chinery, Reference Archivist.

Kristen Chinery is the Reference Archivist for the Walter P. Reuther Library.

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Manuscript and Records Collections - Recently Opened

The following list contains titles of Reuther manuscript and records collections added or updated within the previous two months. Click on each title for more information about the collections, including collection guides and finding aids.

Please contact Kristen Chinery, Reference Archivist for more information.