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An afternoon with Reuther Library founding director Philip. P. Mason, August 27

August 3rd, 2015

Join the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs to celebrate the achievements of Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip P. Mason and commemorate the Reuther Library’s 40th anniversary.

Dr. Philip P. Mason and colleagues Kathleen Roe, Warner Pflug and Dr. Frank Boles will offer remarks. The Reuther Library will also unveil a portrait of Dr. Mason to be hung on permanent display.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Walter P. Reuther Library located at 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit. Parking will be available in Structure 1 for $7, credit card only. Structure 1 is located at 450 W. Palmer (across from the Law School).

The event is free but guests are encouraged to RSVP.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share tributes and memories you may do so by visiting

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August 1st, 2015

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SLIS Assistant Professor Deborah Charbonneau selected for ASIS&T New Leader Award

July 16th, 2015

SLIS Assistant Professor Deborah Charbonneau was recently selected by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) to receive one of the 2015 New Leaders Awards. A competitive selection process, the New Leaders Award was designed to recruit, engage and retain new members and to identify potential for new leadership in the ASIS&T.

Charbonneau will accept the award at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in the fall. The award includes a formal mentoring assignment within the society and free ASIS&T conference registration for two years.

Explore Detroit’s Eastern Market with a new tour on HistoryPin

July 15th, 2015

The Reuther Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new tour on HistoryPin: “Detroit’s Eastern Market

Since 1891, Detroit’s historic Eastern Market has been the go-to destination for fresh produce, meats, and supplies of local businesses and residents. The market spans 43 acres of land on Detroit’s east side and is presently the largest public market district in the United States. It is home to over 150 specialty businesses, a thriving wholesale food industry and is a hub in the local artisan community. An average of 30,000-40,000 visitors attend the Saturday market during the high months.

Eastern Market was established in its current location after the city decided to move the Central Market out of Cadillac Square. The six-block public market originally consisted of Sheds 1 & 2, and additional sheds were added in 1922, 1929, and 1981. Through the years, development projects, such as the Fisher Freeway (I-75) connector, changed the face and flow of the market, yet it remains a thriving and vital component of city life.

The tour offers a unique glimpse into the everyday activities of the market between 1910-1981. The images used in the tour were scanned directly from original negatives found within the Detroit News Collection. For more images of the area surrounding Eastern Market, including Lafayette Park, please visit our digital project, the Virtual Motor City.

3rd Floor of UGL to be Closed Through Summer

July 14th, 2015

To create a more pleasant study environment for our users, the Wayne State Libraries will be upgrading carpet and making improvements on the 3rd floor of the Undergraduate Library throughout the summer. During this time, the 3rd floor will be closed to the public until fall. For additional computers and quiet study space, please visit the Purdy/Kresge Library and check the Libraries’ website for updates on the construction. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

This project is part of the overall enhancement plan for the UGL, which began with the renovations on the first floor of the UGL last winter. Stay tuned for even more improvements as the year continues!

The top 10 most challenged books of 2014

July 8th, 2015

Reuther Library Awarded “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grant from American Library Association

June 24th, 2015

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support public programming aimed at celebrating and preserving the history of Latino/a Americans in the Detroit metropolitan area.

The grant is part of a nationwide program to support local public programming. The Reuther Library will host events highlighting archival materials that illustrate the Latino/a American experience, including a travelling exhibition and panel discussion on Latino auto workers, a workshop centered on preserving records of community and cultural organizations and screenings of episodes from the PBS series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” Events will begin during National Hispanic American Month in September and October and continue into the spring near the Cesar Chavez National Day of Service. A convening of regional organizations will meet near the end of the program to consider future efforts to better document the history and legacy of Latino/a Detroit.

The project is a collaboration between the Reuther Library and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University. Additional partners include the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, El Museo del Norte/Boulevard House, Matrix Theatre Company, the Community of Latino Artists, Visionaries and Educators (CLAVE), the Julian Samara Research Institute at Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum.

The library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at Many of the Reuther Library’s audiovisual materials were used in the documentary’s fifth episode chronicling Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is part of an NEH’s Common Good initiative initiative, a new endeavor that seeks to bring the humanities into the public square and foster innovative ways to make scholarship relevant to contemporary issues.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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June 20th, 2015

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Floral Hommel: A Labor of Love, display and discussion at the Reuther Library July 30

June 14th, 2015

Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the late Flora Hommel and her collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library through a display and discussion featuring local historians, Hommel’s family and former U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

Flora Hommel was one of the pioneers who brought the Lamaze psychoprophylactic method of painless childbirth to the United States, establishing an important teaching organization in Detroit; the Childbirth Without Pain Education Association (CWPEA). She championed the rights of women to control childbirth, creating a grass-roots movement contemporaneous with the women’s movement of the 1960s-1970s.

Most of Hommel’s collection at the Reuther Library is comprised of CWPEA documents and correspondence from its establishment through the 1990s. It includes records of events, classes and projects, including the birthing center and the making of an American version of the well-respected French childbirth film “Naissance”. The collection also holds many birth reports and extensive narrations of the birth experiences of CWPEA students.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Walter P. Reuther Library located at 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit. Parking will be available in Structure 1 for $7, credit card only.

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2014 Libraries Annual Report available for download

June 8th, 2015