Tales from the Reuther Library

Tales from the Reuther Library

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Stories about labor history, Detroit, and Wayne State University
“She Never Gave Up on This City:” Remembering Firebrand Detroit City Councilwoman Maryann Mahaffey
Feb 14 • 19 min
Labor and Urban Affairs archivist Shae Rafferty shares how Maryann Mahaffey’s college summer job as recreation director at the Poston Japanese internment camp in Arizona in 1945 strengthened her resolve to fight against discrimination and help those in…
Dirty Socks, Goose Fat, and Hot Toddies: Cold Remedies from the Folklore Archive
Jan 24 • 29 min
Reuther Library archivists Elizabeth Clemens and Dan Golodner raise a glass for the regional and ethnic cold remedies collected in the Reuther’s extensive Folklore Archive, including whiskey, honey, lemon, hot toddies, goose fat poultices, the color red,…
“Long Memory is the Most Radical Idea in America:” Field Report from Reuther Collections Gatherer Louis Jones
Jan 3 • 25 min
Dr. Louis Jones discusses his work in building relationships to bring records into the Reuther Library documenting the American labor movement, civil rights, and the history of metropolitan Detroit. He explains how he brought three recent acquisitions…
“Democracy is Sweeping Over the World:” Brookwood Labor College at the Nexus of Transnational Radicalism in the Jazz Age
Dec 13, 2018 • 32 min
While the 1920s are often described as “lean years” of progressive action, Andreas Meyris explains how the Brookwood Labor College in Katonah, New York served as a conduit for transnational radicalism in the 1920s while also training labor journalists and…
The First Noel (Night): How the Public Found Its Detroit Adventure in Noel Night, The City’s Festive Cultural Open House
Nov 22, 2018 • 19 min
Outreach archivist Meghan Courtney traces the evolution of Detroit Adventure, a coalition of cultural organizations founded in 1958 to promote cultural conversations and experiences in metropolitan Detroit. In 1973 the organization debuted Noel Night, a…
Speak to the Earth and it Shall Teach Thee: Catholic Nuns, the United Farm Workers Movement, and the Rise of an Environmental Ethic, 1962-1978
Nov 8, 2018 • 23 min
John Buchkoski explores the role that religious women had in grassroots social activism in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly organizations of Catholic women religious. He explains how these groups supported United Farm Worker strikes by publicizing the…
Halloween Spooktacular: Supernatural Stories from Detroit Folklore
Oct 25, 2018 • 29 min
Archivist Elizabeth Clemens shares spooky stories from the Reuther Library’s Folklore Archives about Le Loup Garou, or the Werewolf of Grosse Pointe; the Ghost of Tanglewood Bridge on Detroit’s Belle Isle; hauntings at home; and a helpful witch on…
International Architect Minoru Yamasaki’s Impact on the Wayne State Campus
Oct 4, 2018 • 23 min
Reuther Library archivist Shae Rafferty discusses the career of Minoru Yamasaki, renown architect of the original World Trade Center, the Dhahran International Airport in Saudi Arabia, and many buildings in the metropolitan Detroit area. University…
1933 Chicago Teachers Walkout: That Time Teachers Rioted With Textbooks and Rulers
Sep 13, 2018 • 28 min
American Federation of Teachers archivist Dan Golodner tells guest host Bart Bealmear about the 1933 Chicago Teachers Walkout, when Chicago teachers joined together to demand that they be paid in actual money and on time, rather than in scrip that wasn’t…
Assembly Line Housing: Walter P. Reuther, George Romney, and Operation Breakthrough – Part 2
Aug 23, 2018 • 28 min
In the second of a two-part series, Dr. Kristin M. Szylvian explains how racial segregation and the fear of declining property values ultimately scuttled Operation Breakthrough, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Program early in the Nixon…