Reading Room — Hours of Operation:

Open Monday through Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm (appointments are encouraged)
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday
To schedule an appointment, contact Kristen Chinery


The Reuther Library Reading Room renovation is well underway. Reference service remains uninterrupted. Researchers who intend to visit are encouraged to call ahead. Reference Archivist.

Subject Focus: Merrill-Palmer Summer Camp

(32332) Group photograph, Merrill-Palmer Summer Camp, 1938

With the school year now upon us, the Reuther Library presents a look back at summers past as recorded in the Merrill-Palmer collections. As Edna Noble White, first director of the Merrill-Palmer Institute, once said, "The children of a nation are its greatest potential asset." This belief was reflected in the Institute's main role, which was the understanding and interpretation of the individual from birth to adulthood.  read more »

Subject Focus: Bernie Firestone

(32349) Labor Day, Parades, Firestone, Young, Detroit, 1989

Bernard “Bernie” J. Firestone was one of Detroit’s foremost social activists, a nationally recognized labor leader, and a champion of causes great and small. Influenced by everyday struggles, he was an advocate for anyone who faced oppression or injustice.  read more »

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Manuscript and Records Collections - Recently Opened

The following list contains titles of Reuther manuscript and records collections added or updated within the previous two months. Click on each title for more information about the collections, including collection guides and finding aids.

Please contact Kristen Chinery, Reference Archivist for more information.