Reuther Library Closed September 27

The Reuther Library Reading Room will be closed to the public on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, to allow for furniture installation. We will reopen on Thursday, September 28th for regular Reading Room hours.

[Podcast] Taming the Octopus: Eli Black and the Search for Social Responsibility at the United Fruit / United Brands Company

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Dr. Matt Garcia traces the legacy of Eli Black, a former rabbi who, as CEO of United Fruit/United Brands Company in the late 1960s and early 1970s, attempted to instill corporate social responsibility into the notorious fruit conglomerate before ending his life following a series of business setbacks and looming corruption scandals.  read more »

You're Invited: Homecoming 2023 Open House

2023 Homecoming Open House

The Reuther Library will be hosting a Homecoming Open House on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 4 - 6 p.m. Tours will take place at 4:15 and 5:15 and will highlight our University collections; including yearbooks, editions of The South End, photos, and film highlighting WSU students and alumni, as well as featured material from our Labor and Urban Affairs collections.

Please join us as we take a look back at campus life through the years and kick off another academic year for the history books! For more information, please call the Reuther Library at 313.577.4024 or email Molly Banes ( We look forward to seeing you there!

Reuther Library Acquires Horace Sheffield Jr. Collection

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, is pleased to announce the acquisition of an archival collection documenting the life and work of Horace Sheffield Jr.

The Sheffield Collection will give insight into the life and work of a labor and community trailblazer through personal and family papers, correspondence, images, and ephemera collected over a life of leadership: as an official in UAW Local 600, founding member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), President of the Detroit CBTU, founder of the politically influential Trade Union Leadership Council (TULC) and Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO), director of the Detroit NAACP, and administrative assistant to UAW President Douglas Fraser.  read more »

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