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  • Herman Miller Consortium Collection

    Herman Miller, Inc., based in Zeeland, Michigan, began in 1923 as a manufacturer of residential furniture. Over the years, the company has become a leader in design and manufacture of modern furniture for both home and office. Many famous designers, from Charles and Ray Eames to George Nelson, have created furniture for the company, and they are famous for innovations in design and ergonomics such as "Marshmallow Sofa" and "Molded Plywood Chair." Today, Herman Miller, Inc. has customers and loca…

  • First U.S. Human-to-Human Heart Transplant

    The first U.S. heart transplant took place on December 6, 1967 at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., just three days after Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. The recipient, an infant boy, succumbed to a bleeding complication six and one-half hours later.
    The son of a physician, Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz was born in 1918. He received his M.D. from Western Reserve University in 1943. In addition…

  • The Detroit Sunday Journal

    The Detroit Sunday Journal was a weekly tabloid newspaper, published by striking union workers from the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. 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 t…

  • The Lincoln Letters

    The Lincoln Letters contains digitized copies of letters written to and from Abraham Lincoln. These letters mostly focus on appointments, pardons, and discharges, as well as requests for political favors. These letters are part of the Frank Howard Collection of Civil War History in the Wayne State University Library Special Collections. Additional related materials are available.

  • Dennis Glen Cooper Collection

    Dennis Glen Cooper (1905-1995) was a photographer, filmmaker and Detroit television host (Realm of the Wild) whose films were familiar to many Detroiters in the 1950s-60s. This collection consists of 35mm and lantern slides, drawn from a broader collection that also includes documents, 16mm films, and more. The collection spans the 1920s-1960s and includes coverage of Isle Royale, urban Saginaw, as well as the National Parks and the Caribbean. Cooper’s time as an Air Force captain in the Pacific…

  • Florence Nightingale Collection

    This collection consists primarily of letters written by Florence Nightingale throughout her life. Major topics of the letters include medical care for the soldiers and the poor, the role of nursing, and sanitation and public works in colonized India. These digitized items are part of a larger collection in the Wayne State University Library Special Collections, which contains more correspondence, books, and other items.

  • WPA Music Manuscripts

    WPA Music Manuscripts is a digitization project with the goal of bringing the unique holdings of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra online. These music manuscripts represent the unique work of music copyists--men and women employed by the government with the task of copying music for the WPA orchestras, bands and choruses to perform. The full collection is housed in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Archive, and consists of more than 300 compositions that include copied parts for both conductor's sco…

  • Wayne State University Buildings Collection

    The Wayne State University Photograph Collection, housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library, contains thousands of photographs documenting the built environment of main campus. This digital collection represents over 1,000 of these images, spanning the 1890s-1990s. Included are both exteriors and interiors of Wayne State's buildings, past and present, including classrooms, auditoriums, housing, and more. Many of the images also demonstrate student activities, both within the classroom and around c…

  • Selected Cass Gilbert Architectural Drawings of the Detroit Public Library

    This collection contains 19 presentation drawings of the Detroit Public Library, many of them competition drawings, which were digitized for this collection. The originals are a part of the New York Historical Society’s Cass Gilbert Architecture Collection and were digitized by them, as part of a grant project funding by the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). The collection includes elevation drawings, floor plans, and exterior and Interior perspective views.

  • Shakespeare Lear Project

    This collection consists of early editions of Shakespeare’s play King Lear (1608, 1685), his sources for the play, and a 1736 adaptation of the play by Nahum Tate. These materials were digitized for Dividing the Kingdoms: Interdisciplinary Methods for Teaching King Lear to Undergraduates, an initiative funded by a micro-grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • LGBT Detroit Records

    LGBT Detroit started as Kick Publishing Company in 1994. Based in Detroit, Kick was the third Black American LGBT media company created in the United States. Distributed nationally, Kick Magazine provided the LGBT community with information, awareness, and a way to organize. In 2003, Kick Publishing Company was revitalized into the non-profit organization: KICK- The Agency for LGBT African Americans. KICK focused on health, education, employment, and social justice for the African American LG…

  • Michigan Opera Theatre Archive Programs Collection

    The Michigan Opera Theatre Archive Programs Collection contains the performance programs of the Michigan Opera Theatre. The early progams are part of an initiative called Overature to Opera. These were performances by local artists to promote the Metropolitan Opera Tour, which was brought to Detroit yearly by the Detroit Grand Opera Association. The modern Michigan Opera Theatre grew out of this initiative and continued after the Metropolitan Opera Tour ended in 1985. This collection documents t…

  • Wayne Open Book Collection

    The Wayne Open Book Collection contains 59 out-of-print titles from Wayne State University Press. They were digitized through a grant from a joint project between the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The titles focus on Jewish and regional studies and fall into several sub-topics that reflect current programs: industrial and labor history, maritime history, Detroit history and biographies of significant individuals.

  • Wayne State University Student Life

    The Wayne State University Photograph Collection, housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library, provides countless examples of the student experience throughout the university’s history. This digital collection contains over 1,500 photographs representing select highlights, from 1913-2001 (bulk 1940-1970). Campus activities, housing, events, performances, leisure time, learning, and sports are depicted alongside student, club, and team portraits. These images comprise a glimpse of the changing faces…

  • Toni Swanger Papers

    An active member of the Detroit women's rights movement, journalist Toni Swanger worked with the Detroit Women's Radio Workshop on programming for the Detroit public radio station WDET, and served in various roles for Detroit newspaper, Metro Times, including production manager and managing editor. Ms. Swanger's papers reflect her interest in women's issues and document her career as an activist and radio and print journalist.

  • Changing Face of the Auto Industry

    The Changing Face of the Auto Industry Collection contains images from the Detroit Public Library's National Automotive History Collection and Burton Historical Collections. These photographs and postcards document the auto industry in the Detroit area during the first half of the twentieth century. This digitized collection is the result of a partnership between the Detroit Public Library and Wayne State University. The original images are held in the Special Collections at the Detroit Public L…

  • Detroit Focus Quarterly

    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.

  • Eloise Ramsey Collection of Literature for Young People

    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 col…

  • Virtual Motor City

    Virtual Motor City contains images from the Detroit News Photograph Collection, a premier photojournalistic resource that primarily documents the city of Detroit, its people, places and events from the late 19th century through the 1980s (bulk 1900-1980). This digital collection was originally made possible by DALNET, IMLS, and Library of Michigan grants in 2002-2007. It represents only a fraction of the original collection—more than 800,000 negatives and prints housed at the Walter P. Reuther L…

  • Building the Detroit Renaissance Center

    The Renaissance Center sits on 14 acres in downtown Detroit. Its construction began in 1973 under the Ford Motor Company. The "Building the Detroit Renaissance Center" collection documents this construction. It was purchased in 1996 by General Motors. It's now known as the GM Renaissance Center or RenCen and hosts GM as well as other businesses.