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Thursday, April 4 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
Walter P. Reuther Library and Burton Historical Collection (shuttle)

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This tour offers a look at not, one, but two Detroit historical repositories, located just across the street from each other! 

The Reuther Library is the largest labor archives in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor-related organizations. Its collection strengths extend to the political and community life of urban and metropolitan Detroit, the civil rights movement in Michigan and nationally, and women’s struggles in the workplace. The Reuther Library is also the home of the Wayne State University Archives, established s in 1958. The Reuther has a capacity of 75,000 linear feet of archival materials spanning these three collection areas, as well as extensive audiovisual and digital collections. The tour will offer behind-the-scenes access to processing and storage areas as well as to examples from some of the archives’ most-used collections, such as the UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records, the Walter P. Reuther Papers, Mayors Jerome Cavanagh and Coleman Young Papers, midcentury architect Minoru Yamasaki Papers, and organizational records such as those of the Jewish Community Archives, the Detroit Commission on Community Relations, Focus: HOPE, and more.

The Burton Historical Collection, located in the beautiful Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library, was established in 1915 with the donation of the private library of Clarence Monroe Burton, a prominent attorney and Detroit historiographer. Burton’s collecting focused on the early history of Detroit, Michigan, and the Northwest Territory from the time of the French traders through the early twentieth century. The Burton Historical Collection has continued to grow and now proudly offers to the public more than 500,000 books, 250,000 images, 4,000 manuscript collections, and about 1,000 newspaper titles covering about 400 years of North American history with a heavy focus on Detroit, but also including more geographically distant events like the Salem Witch Trials and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The tour will include a guided walk through the Burton Reading Room, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at materials located in the closed stacks.

Meet LAC representative in lobby, shuttle will depart at 9:10am, return by 12:30 pm.

Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
  • Price FREE
  • Attendance 30