Donating Materials

Walter P. Reuther Library
Donation Inquiries

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs is the largest labor archives in North America. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the documentary and visual heritage of the American labor movement, related reform movements, and individual participants. The collection also includes records related to urban affairs, with emphasis on the history of Metropolitan Detroit. The Reuther Library is committed to increasing access to archival collections by continuously developing and maintaining digital systems and programs.

For millennia, written records have provided essential clues to the past. Whether you are an individual or a member of a civic, urban, or labor organization, letters, diaries, photos, and other material collected over the years give vital and unique information regarding your life, the history of your family, or the achievements of your organization. When you donate your personal, family, or organization’s papers to an archival repository, your history becomes a part of your community's collective memory.

If you are considering donating your historical material to the Reuther Library, an archivist is available during normal business hours to discuss potential donations and is happy to answer any questions you may have about donation policies and procedures. Please contact us at (313) 577-4024 or with any questions. Doing so does not commit you to donating material to the Library.

Under certain circumstances, an archivist will review your collection in person.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about donating materials to the Reuther: