The Walter P. Reuther Library, located on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, contains millions of primary source documents related to the history of the labor movement, urban affairs, and the Wayne State University Archives. The building is named for UAW President and Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) President Walter Reuther.
Explore our three collecting areas in the tabs at the lefthand side of this page to learn more.
An archives collects firsthand facts and evidence documenting the past. The materials in the archives are the direct product of people and/or institutions and their work. These are known as primary sources, meaning that they exist without someone else’s historical interpretation. The items may take the form of correspondence, memoranda, notes, meeting minutes, flyers, photographs, audio and visual recordings, and other formats. These primary source materials are arranged and described by the archives to facilitate use by researchers.
Archival materials are unique documents. For this reason, they do not circulate and cannot be delivered to any other library through Interlibrary Loan. The Reuther Library welcomes researchers in our Reading Room, located on the 3rd floor of our building at 5401 Cass Ave. Please prepare for your visit by making a research appointment with our Reference Archivist, Kristen Chinery.
The easiest way to find archival materials is to search our website at reuther.wayne.edu. Select advanced search.
If you're working on a class assignment, you may need both primary sources and secondary sources for your research. Use the QuickSearch box on the Wayne State Library's front page to return results from all types of sources. Archival material will appear in the "Books and Media" box. To learn more about searching this way, read this handy guide.