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Blue Bird Inn Collection 1938-Present

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The Blue Bird Inn was an institute for Detroit musicians and a hearth for the Black community. Detroit Sound Conservancy is telling the bar’s story. THE INSTITUTE OF THE DETROIT SOUND Updated 30 April 2020 In 1937, African American Alabama migrant, laborer, grocer, machine operator, and entrepreneur William Dubois (c. 1878-1937) and his wife Pinkie […]

Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr. Collection

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Photo by John D’Angelo. Shelve design by Aaron Jones.   The Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr. Collection was gifted and accessioned to Detroit Sound Conservancy in 2016. It was inventoried with support from Red Bull Arts Detroit over the winter of 2018-2019. Mr. Ruffner, Jr. was the founder of Gale Research, a Michigan-based research company. The collection is […]

Patreon Video 2016

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Video by Al Scott of College for Creative Studies. He is an animator, illustrator, and designer from Detroit. Music “Dust” by Recloose used with permission.