New Collection Available for Research: Thomas E. Flynn Papers

Submitted by LHRC on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 10:23

The Thomas E. Flynn Papers are now open and available for research within the Teamsters Labor History Research Center.

Thomas E. Flynn served as General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from March 1969 until his death in March 1972. A lifelong union member, born in 1906 in Chicago, IL, Flynn was involved in and instrumental to numerous labor agreements, union organizations, executive positions, and roles of leadership.

In 1936 Flynn was appointed a general organizer in Indianapolis, IN for the International Union and in 1937 he was transferred to South Bend, IN. It was during this period that Flynn played a prominent role in the establishment of the Central States Drivers Council, negotiating the initial Central States Over-the-Road Agreement – one of the first area wide Teamster contracts that led ultimately to the creation of a National Freight Agreement.

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. To learn more about the collection please visit the online finding aid:

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Program from a reception honoring Flynn. From the Thomas E. Flynn Papers.