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Special Collections

Please note, we are open by appointment only. Appointments are limited, but we will do our best to accommodate your research needs. Because our material is housed offsite, please contact us with your request before visiting.
Man standing in front of American flag on aircraft carrier
Letter from Florence Nightingale to Sir Robert Rawlinson
Sea monster-like fisherman on beach with walking stick
Engraved title page
Yellow envelope addressed to a Van Riper, Flat Rock, Michigan

Above: Highlights from our digitized collections. Though the bulk of our holdings have not been digitized, a portion are available at

Contact Special Collections


Please note, we are currently open by appointment only. Contact us to arrange your visit.

Richard and Dr. Candace Beutell Gardner Special Collections and Rare Book Room
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
5401 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202