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MATRIX Walter and May Reuther Senior Services Center Records

Identifier: UR001999

Scope and Content

This collection contains 2 series.

Series 1: Departmental Files, 1953-2008, contains materials pertaining to the inner workings of senior services around Detroit, including the organization's history, correspondence, articles pertaining to the subject matter, budget reports, and meeting minutes.

Series 2: Senior Center Programs, 1954-2007, contains materials relating to programs put on by the multiple senior centers across the city, including event calendars and center booster information.


  • 1953 - 2008

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


The MATRIX Senior Wellness Services, once known to Detroit as the Walter and May Reuther Senior Services Center, was founded by UAW in 1953, heavily affiliated with UAW-based retirees around the city. The development of the Reuther Senior Services Center was based around the issue of Detroit's growing senior citizen population, focusing on promoting elderly human rights and utilizing community-based programs to instill growth in senior health and well-being. Several buildings became part of the Reuther Senior Services Center, such as the Eastside Center, Southwest Center, and even a center in Pontiac. The Reuther Senior Services Center held a formal merger with MATRIX on July 1, 1994. The MATRIX Senior Wellness Services continue their operations to this day.


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Now known as MATRIX Senior Wellness Services, the Walter and May Reuther Senior Services Center began as a UAW-affiliated organization, creating post-retirement services for the area's elderly. Founded by the UAW in 1953, the Reuther Senior Services Center formally merged with MATRIX on July 1, 1994. Today it continues operations with a number of human service efforts, including maintaining its initial operations in senior service care.


The collection is arranged into 2 series. Series 1 (Boxes 1-2) and Series 2 (Box 3) . Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are semi-arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


Materials were deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library by Kathryn R. Hoard in 2009.

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Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Mark Prindiville on January 8, 2018.
Guide to the MATRIX Walter and May Reuther Senior Services Center Records
Processed by Mark Prindiville.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA