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The Virtual Motor City: Images from the Detroit News

To some, Detroit stands as a symbol of the failed promise of the American urban condition. While the city has shown signs of new vitality in the past several decades, the city remains synonymous with so-called "white flight", disinvestment, and a general feeling of post-industrial malaise. This lovely photograph archive from the Wayne State University Library System and the Walter P. Reuther Library brings together 15,000 images that trace the city's development through its structures, its activities, and its people. The project draws upon over 800,000 negatives from the Detroit News which were donated by the paper's outgoing editor and publisher, Robert Giles. The project was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and on the site, visitors can browse the collection by topic, decade, or by performing their own keyword search. There are hundreds of fine photographs here, including images of the first Oldsmobile, dramatic evidence of the race riots of the 1960s, and the glorious Fox Theater.
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