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International Brotherhood of Teamsters records : digital edition produced from microfilm, 1904-1952

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The digital edition of the records of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America consist of the correspondence files of the I.B.T. executive office covering the years 1904-1952, with the major portion of the material originating in the 1940's.

Correspondence is with general executive board members, general organizers, local unions, joint councils, conferences, and trade divisions; the American Federation of Labor; other international unions; government agencies; and the general public. Included with the correspondence are reports, minutes, clippings, transcripts of government hearings and decisions, legal briefs, and copies of local union by-laws.

The material details the union's initial struggles for existence and unity, its jurisdictional disputes, its growth in membership and influence, changes in organizing and bargaining techniques and in the trucking and transportation industries, and the increasing strength and political involvement of the labor movement in general.

The digital images are bundled together in Adobe PDF format according to the folder title of the original materials that had been microfilmed. As of August 15, 2011, almost 1700 file folders worth of digitized content have been made available on the web.


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