Teamsters Archives

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.

Digital Collections

The IBT Labor History Research Center is actively working to digitize the records of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, including some 15,000 reels of microfilm dating from 1904 to the present. Eventually, the digital collection will contain digital copies of administrative files, pamphlets, photographs, audiorecordings, and moving image materials. It will also contain digital images of artifacts, memorabilia, and other three-dimensional objects such as pins, buttons, plaques, clothing, and other objects documenting the Teamsters' history.

Current Digitization Projects

Manuscript Collections

Organizational Records



  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Member Groups Records, 1991-2008
    Four member organizations within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters support and advocate for their constituents on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. These are the Teamsters National Black Caucus, the International Teamster Woman’s Caucus/Women’s Conference, the National Teamsters Hispanic Caucus and the Teamsters GLBT Caucus. The purpose of these groups is to educate themselves and other Teamsters, to communicate with the IBT leadership and the ensure representation at all levels of the organization.

Local Unions 

Personal Papers

  • Thomas Flynn Papers, 1936-1972
    The Thomas E. Flynn Papers cover the professional life of Thomas Flynn and his role in labor and unions from 1936 until his death in 1972. This collection contains correspondence, both personal and business related to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, memos, reports, and speeches. The collection also consists of press material such as wires, journals, magazines, and newspapers that were compiled to document union activity. There are also oral history interviews that were conducted by a Flynn biographer on audio cassette.
  • James R. Hoffa Documentation Collection
    The James R. Hoffa Documentation collection contains material relating to the life and work of James R. Hoffa.  Included are newspaper clippings, magazine articles, trial transcripts, publicity materials, and copies of congressional hearings.

Serial publications

Convention Proceedings

Labor newspapers and journals


Local Teamsters union newspaper from across the U.S. and newspaper of national and international unions such as the Graphic Communications International Union and the Newspaper Guild.


Over 30 dissertations mainly on Teamster-related topics:

  • Garnel, Donald. “Teamsters and Highway Truckers in the West: The Evolution of Multiemployer Bargaining in the Western Highway Trucking Industry” University of California, Berkeley, 1966.
  • Laughlin, John Boock. “History of the Oregon Teamsters: Politically Conservative Unionism in a Moderate State” University of Southern California, 1990.
  • Smith, Lon W. “An Experiment in Trade Union Democracy: Harold Gibbons and the Formation of Teamsters Local 688, 1937-1957” Illinois State University, 1993.

Audiovisual materials

Includes Union training and education videotapes, audiotapes of speeches on IBT leaders, local and national news footage containing Teamsters-related stories.


Prints of a wide range of IBT activities – local meetings, leadership, conventions, depictions of work and occupations represented by the IBT.


This extensive collection includes lapel pins from IBT locals, political and IBT election buttons, dues buttons, Teamster logo jewelry, caps and items of clothing, IBT convention favors, years of membership pins.