Reading Room Temporarily Moving June 10 - June 24. No Walk-In Researchers During That Time.

Due to work within the Reuther Library, we will be shifting Reading Room service from the 3rd floor to the Special Collections Room on the 1st floor from June 10th to June 24th. Capacity in the temporary Reading Room will be limited so we cannot take walk-in researchers during that time. We apologize in advance if your research will need to be postponed due to the capacity limit.

[Podcast] Organizing Your Own: The White Fight for Black Power in Detroit

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Dr. Say Burgin explains that contrary to the common belief that white activists were purged from the Black freedom movement in the mid-1960 and 1970s, Black-led organizations in Detroit – including the Northern Student Movement, the City-Wide Citizens Action Committee, and the League of Revolutionary Workers—called on white activists to organize within their own white networks to support Black self-determination in education, policing, employment, and labor unions.  read more »

Horace Sheffield Jr. Papers Now Open

(46967) Portrait of Horace Sheffield Jr.

The Walter P. Reuther Library is pleased to announce an addition to the Horace Sheffield Jr. Papers is now open for research. These materials were previously under the stewardship of the Charles H. Wright Museum and join a small existing collection of Sheffield’s at the Reuther. Sheffield was a prominent voice in Detroit’s labor and civil rights movements, and his collection is an exciting example of the overlapping movements in Detroit.  read more »

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2024 Sam Fishman Travel Grant!

The Walter P. Reuther Library is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Sam Fishman Travel Grant.

These annual grants provide up to $1,000 to support travel to the Reuther Library to access archival records related to the American labor movement. The award is named in honor of Sam Fishman, a former UAW and Michigan AFL-CIO leader.

As part of their research visits, awardees are invited to discuss their research on Tales From the Reuther Library and/or another WSU outlet. Watch for updates about recipient visits later in the year.  read more »

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