Jewish Community Archives Moving November 2022

As of November 2022, the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives (JCA) is moving to a brand-new collections space at Temple Beth El as partner in the newly formed Center for Michigan Jewish Heritage. The JCA collections at Reuther are closed to patrons in preparation for transfer. Potential researchers and visitors should contact JCA Director Robbie Terman at to plan your research visits going forward.  read more »

[Podcast] "Girls, We Cannot Lose!": Midwestern Black Women Activists During the Great Depression

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Dr. Melissa Ford explores the influence of working-class Black women in Detroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland on the development of Black radicalism in the American Midwest during the Great Depression. Ford is an associate professor of African American history at Slippery Rock University and author of A Brick and a Bible: Black Women's Radical Activism in the Midwest during the Great Depression.  read more »

Guest Post: Daniel Kelly on Raven Award Experience, 2022

Daniel Kelly received the 2022 Ronald Raven Annual Award, a scholarship providing a tuition stipend and a semester-long internship in the Wayne State University Archives. At the end of his internship, Daniel wrote this summary of his experience.

In March 2022, I received the Ronald Raven Award, which included a tuition stipend and an internship at the Wayne State University Archives in the Walter P. Reuther Library. The Raven Award, funded by Wayne State alumnus Ronald Raven, seemed like an exciting opportunity to gain real-world, hands-on archival experience under the direction of an experienced archivist.  read more »

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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.