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WWJ / WDIV Film, Video, and Teleprompter Script Collection Now Open

(46684) Audiovisual, Collections, WDIV 16mm newscasts, October 2021

The Reuther library is proud to announce the opening of the WWJ / WDIV Film, Video, and Teleprompter Script collection. The collection spans close to 100 years and is the largest archival collection of news-related moving images in metropolitan Detroit.  read more »

The Popular Crimetown Podcast Digs into Detroit Crime by Digging into the Reuther Library’s Collections

Crimetown, Season 2 logo, 2018

The new season of the hit podcast Crimetown will use material from various collections at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Each season of Crimetown examines the “culture of crime” in a different American city. This upcoming season they are focusing on Detroit and using film, video, and sound from the Reuther’s collections.  read more »

NFPF Grant Project: Wayne State University Historic Films

(33929) Irene Day, Wayne State University, Alumni, Broadway and radio performer, Detroit, 1932

The Walter P. Reuther Library is pleased to announce the restoration, duplication, and digitization of two 16mm historic Wayne State University films. The Reuther’s Audiovisual department received a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) grant that made all of the work possible. The historic films document the years 1925 and 1932 in Wayne’s history (before it was actually named Wayne State University) and are a part of a newly discovered series of silent films that span the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

The films give the viewer a glance into what college life was like for students nearly one hundred years ago.  read more »

Farewell to Our Friend and Colleague

The staff of the Reuther Library is mourning the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Tom Featherstone. Tom died unexpectedly on September 15. His passing leaves a tremendous void at the Reuther Library, and in the archival world as a whole.

Tom joined the Reuther Library audiovisual staff in 1979. Having earned a B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico and a M.A. in History from Wayne State University, Tom specialized in Archival Administration, specifically in audiovisual preservation and conservation. He provided advice and assistance to literally thousands  read more »

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