Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

The Walter P. Reuther Library collects and facilitates access to historical documentary evidence in order to inspire academic research, serve the information needs of the community, and build knowledge at Wayne State University.

University Collections

Wayne State University Resources in the Reuther Reading Room


  • The Detroit Collegian / The Daily Collegian, 1937-1967
  • The South End, 1967-present


Vertical Files

  • Subject and department files
  • Biographical files (on 2000 WSU individuals, primarily faculty)
  • Presidents' files
  • Building files (on 85 individual WSU buildings)
  • Board of Governors Official Proceedings, 1956-2008


University publications

  • The Faculty Bulletin, 1939-1954
  • Inside Wayne, 1954-1968
  • The Wayne Report, 1968-1982
  • Inside Wayne State, 1981-1998
  • Campus News, 1998-2003
  • Life@Wayne, 2003-2004
  • W.S.You, 2011-2012
  • Newsletter, 1935-1969
  • Alumni News, 1943-1997
  • Wayne State Magazine, 1987-present


Directories and handbooks

  • Alumni directories, 1941-2007
  • School of Medicine student directories, 1970-1975
  • Law School student directories
  • Faculty/staff directories, 1928-present
  • Athletic programs, 1934-present
  • Catalogs, Bulletins, and Course Schedules, 1917-present


Yearbooks and photo directories

  • Yearbooks, 1900-2005
  • New Student Register, 1977-1979
  • Law School Faces, 1990-1999
  • Commencement programs, 1892-present



The Board of Governors of Wayne State University established the Wayne State University Archives in 1958 in recognition of the importance and permanent value of the University's official files, records, and documents.  The University Archives functions as the repository for official University files and the historically significant professional and personal papers of faculty, staff members, and alumni.  The Archives also collects Wayne State University publications and promotional materials, histories of colleges, schools, and departments of Wayne State University, student organization records, and the proceedings of the Board of Governors.  With the cooperation of University faculty, staff, alumni, and interested individuals, the University Archives collects material documenting the growth and development of Wayne State University (organized as a Michigan state university in 1956) and its predecessor institutions, which include the Detroit College of Medicine (founded 1868), the Detroit Normal School (founded 1881), the Detroit Junior College (founded 1917), and Wayne University (organized 1933).

Reading Room Hours

Monday-Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Appointments: Reference Archivist