Announcing: Teamster Labor Archivist, Thomas Connors

Submitted by LHRC on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 16:38

Mr. Thomas James Connors has begun his role as the Teamsters Labor Archivist. Prior to joining the Special Collections Research Center Tom Connors served as the Senior Curator of the Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland at College Park. Before moving to Maryland in 1993, Tom worked as a consulting archivist for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. While in Los Angeles, he also conducted oral history interviews with West Coast labor union officials for the UCLA Oral History Program. For five years, 1982-1987, Tom was Assistant Archivist at the George Meany Memorial Archives, AFL-CIO, in Washington DC. Prior to that he was a project archivist at the University of Vermont and Yale University.

Tom served on the Society of American Archivists’ governing Council from 2000 to 2003. He is the founder and co-chair of SAA’s International Archival Affairs Roundtable and he was made a Fellow of the Society in 2006. Tom has also been active in the International Council on Archives.

Tom’s recent publications and presentations have dealt with access to government information during the George W. Bush presidency. From 2000 to 2007 he was an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies where he taught a summer course on audiovisual archives.