Walter Reuther Library @ WSU

I always enjoy the last page of Hour Detroit’s magazine; the one with the old pictures entitled “The Way it Was”. It seems most of these pictures are from the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library or the Walter Reuther Library at Wayne State. I love the Burton Historical Collection; I could spend hours pouring over old microfilms there and would love to check out the images at the Reuther library. Not having gone to school at Wayne, I’m wondering if the library is just for students, or if Detroit residents can use it…any info. would be greatly appreciated!

3 Comments so far

  1. Mollika* (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 8:24 am

    This library is open to those engaged in “serious research” according to the website. Many of our authors, who are not associated with the university, have had access to these records. I am sure if you display a genuine interest in learning and have a purpose, the staff at the library would be happy to assist.

  2. J.J. (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    Those photos you see credited to the Reuther Library/Wayne State are actually from the archives of the Detroit News and the Detroit Times (which the News took over in ’60). The News donated all its negatives to the Reuther in 1995-6. The Reuther has been lax in crediting the News and the Times as the source of those photos.

  3. Mollika* (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    I would not put all the blame on the Reuther. For many researchers it is easy to credit a group of photographs to an archive than to credit each one from its separate originating source, especially if they are public domain photographs.

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