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Wayne State University Photograph Collection - Photo Identification Tips and Tricks

State Hall, classroom, Detroit, Michigan

This article was written by Audrey Swartz, a recipient of the Ronald Raven award and a student in Wayne State University's SLIS program, during the spring of 2016.

As Wayne State celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2018, there is an effort to increase access to photographs located in the University Archives. With the help of a student intern and the Audio Visual archivists at the Reuther, we have been able to begin this process. Wayne State University’s photography collection, housed in the AV Department at the Reuther Library, ranges from roughly 1945 to 2003. These photographs cover everything from sporting events (did you know WSU once had a rowing team?) to campus ceremonies, life and construction.  read more »

Holiday Closure

(2439) Buildings, J.L. Hudson's Department Store, Detroit, 1960

The Reuther Library will be closed this July 4 in honor of Independence Day. We will be back to our normal hours beginning Tuesday, July 5.

In the meantime, feel free to ask your questions at Ask an Archivist and we will assist you when we return.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Exhibit: "25 Years, 25 Treasures" from the Jewish Community Archives

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(33760) DeRoy Memorial, Groundbreaking, Jewish Community Center, Detroit, 1939

The Reuther Library is proud to host “25 Years, 25 Treasures,” a new exhibit celebrating the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archive’s 25th anniversary!

25 Years, 25 Treasures will showcase 25 significant photographs, documents, and objects from its collection. These key pieces tell the remarkable story of Detroit’s Jewish community.

Since 1991, the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives has collected over 2 million documents, 25,000 photographs, and recorded over 100 oral histories chronicling the rich and varied history of Detroit’s Jewish community. The Reuther Library has served as a partner in this effort, housing the majority of the collection and hosting researchers in our reading room.  read more »

Event - GM Never Surrendered: The Paragraph 19E Controversy at UAW Local 653 during the 1960s

(34279) "Sit Down" sheet music

Please join us this July 21st for a lunchtime presentation of the work of Dr. Greg Wood as he explores the relationship between the UAW and General Motors in the generation after initial struggles for union recognition.

Utilizing records found in the UAW Region 1B Collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library, this talk examines anti-union practices on auto industry shop floors during the 1960s. Throughout the decade, UAW committeemen at General Motors in Pontiac, for example, confronted extensive management efforts to roll back the power and presence of organized labor in what was supposed to be a closed shop.  read more »

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