The Detroit Focus Quarterly was published by Detroit Focus, a non-profit arts organization that supports art and artists in the Detroit area. The publication, published from 1982 to 1998, included interviews with artists, articles about the art scene and current issues, and listings of art exhibits. Wayne State University Special Collections has related archival materials from Detroit Focus. Contact the library for more information.
The <span style="font-style:italic;">Detroit Sunday Journal</span> was a weekly tabloid newspaper, published by striking union workers from the <span style="font-style:italic;">Detroit News</span> and <span style="font-style:italic;">Detroit Free Press</span>. The strike began in July, 1995; spanning four years and just over 200 editions, the Sunday Journal was published from November 19, 1995, through November 21, 1999. Circulation for most editions was 40,000-60,000. It was available through the mail and in stores and corner boxes throughout Southeast Michigan.</p><p>The newspaper strike formally ended in February, 1997, when the unions made an offer to return to work. Workers were rehired at a trickle’s pace as vacancies occurred, and the dispute continued until 2000, when a Federal Court of Appeals reversed NLRB and lower court rulings on an unfair labor practice and thus ended the unions’ final recourse to prevail.</p><p>The newspaper covered current events in general, with in-depth coverage of local news and labor issues. This collection includes the full run of the paper, which was published for the duration of the strike, until shortly before the final appeal ruling.</p><p>This collection includes the full run of the paper, which was published for the duration of the strike.</p>
The Eloise Ramsey Collection of Literature for Young People was named for its creator, Eloise Ramsey. Ramsey was a Professor of English Education at Wayne State University, where she taught for 36 years. Ramsey believed that it was important for future teachers to take courses in children's literature. She provided over 400 rare or notable books to start this collection, which is now part of the Special Collections in the Wayne State University library system. Important books from this collection have been digitized for online access. The physical copies of these books, as well as others, can be found in WSU Special Collections. Ramsey's personal papers can be found at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University.
The Shakespeare Lear project is a the result of a Folger micro-grant teaching project focused on Shakespeare's King Lear. For this project, four texts were digitized and coded to enable annotation, text mining and visualizations. Two of the texts were digitized from the Wayne State University Special Collections, a third text, the version of Lear from the Fourth Folio (1685) was digitized from the text held at the Detroit Public Library, enabled by a collaboration between Wayne State University Library System and the Detroit Public Library, and the fourth is a coded version of the Folger Library's Quarto edition of Lear (1608).