International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center is dedicated to the study and exploration of the role that the labor movement played in the development of the United States during the late 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. The flagship collection of the LHRC is the records of one of the largest and most occupationally diverse labor unions in North America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). 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.

The LHRC also acquires as appropriate the records of other labor unions as well as the papers of significant individuals involved in the labor movement. Another key collection to GW's growing labor history initiative are the records of the National Education Association. The LHRC also maintains and is expanding a general labor publications collection to supplement the Teamsters materials. This includes a comprehensive collection of books on general labor history, American labor biography and labor and industrial relations spanning the years 1856 to the present.

Access and Hours

Access requirements: the Research Center is open to all interested researchers, including members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the GW community, and the general public.

Members of the GW community can simply use their GWorld ID cards to enter the building. Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters can simply show their union id or other form of id and sign the guest register at the front entrance to the library. All other members of the public will need to present a government-issued identification card and sign the guest register.

Location: Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, 7th Floor, The George Washington University, 2130 H Street NW, Washington DC, 20052.

Hours: The Teamsters Archives are open when the Special Collections Research Center is open.


International Brotherhood of Teamsters Records

Vakil Smallen
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Archivist

National Education Association Records


Research Appointments

For reference inquiries or to set up a one-on-one research appointment, please contact the Special Collections Research Center
(202) 994-7549