GW-International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Initiatives

The George Washington University and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters launched an initiative in 2008 to build an educational and research environment to explore the role that the American labor movement in general and the Teamsters in particular have played  in the development of the United States from the late 19th Century onwards. The records of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters serve as a foundational collection to this initiative. Key aspects of this collaboration include an active archival program to acquire, arrange, preserve, and provide access to historically-significant materials documenting American labor history; an active exhibit program; academic courses; colloquia; seminars; a state-of-the-art reading room; and meeting spaces for the Teamsters and members of the GW community.

Image: International Brotherhood of Teamsters Constitution and By-laws, 1904

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Constitution and By-laws, 1904

Projects and Initiatives

The Teamsters archives include IBT publications, convention proceedings, documentary materials from the various IBT departments, trade divisions and area conferences, photographs, films, and video/audio tape reels and cassettes. The IBT’s extensive microfilm collection, ca. 1904-1994, is being converted to digital files and is being made available to researchers in stages. The microfilm collection holds the historic administrative record of the union.

screenshot: IBT Archives

The Labor History Research Center maintains and provides access to the archives of the one of the largest and most occupationally diverse labor unions in North America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Officially launched in October 2010, the Center is located on the 7th floor of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University, 2130 H Street NW, Washington DC, 20052. A permanent exhibit celebrating IBT history in terms of identity, community and solidarity is open to members, retirees and the general public.

Screenshot: Labor History Research Center

The Labor History Research Center also maintains a blog with updates on the many projects undertaken by GW Libraries to digitize and archive the wealth of materials provided by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Actively maintained, this blog provides a solid overview of the full range of ongoing digitization and cataloging activities for the Teamsters archives as well as information on the exhibits and upcoming events.

Screenshot: Labor History Research Center Blog

Teamsters.org is the main site for the Teamsters with a wealth of information available. The website posts news, events and a wide range of coverage of issues relevant to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

screenshot: International Brotherhood of Teamsters