Labor History Research Center Opens

Submitted by LHRC on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 10:50

Present at the ribbon cutting were Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, GW President Steven Knapp, University Librarian Jack Siggins, and numerous other supporters of the project—from union members to GW students and faculty to government officials.   The project began in 2007, when the Teamsters contributed $2 million to the library to establish an archive for their historical materials and to make them accessible to the public.  The research center, which was constructed with 100% union labor, includes exhibition cases, a digitization facility, and ample space for researchers as well as events and lectures.

“There’s a tremendous treasure trove of information that is here,” noted Hoffa. The collection includes records dating back to the Teamsters’ founding in 1903.  The records document the Teamsters’ development over the past century and will serve as an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and researchers from around the world who can explore the documents in a state of the art research facility.  The records of the Teamsters are the anchor of a growing labor history collection that will include an extensive book and pamphlet collection as well as records of other labor organizations. 

Posted October 19, 2010

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Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa and GW President Steven Knapp admire the Teamsters logo at the new Labor History Research Center. Image courtesy of University Photographer.