During operating hours, building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center

mission | access and hours | research appointments


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 administrative records of the IBT and records of some locals have been digitized and are available online.

The LHRC also acquires as appropriate other records of the American labor movement, including 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.

GW students, faculty, and staff who have a physical GWorld card enabled for campus access may visit without an appointment.

Non-GW patrons (Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, alumni, and other members of the public) can access the Research Center by appointment only. All visitors must be escorted at all times while in the building. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

All visitors must complete the visitor access registration form no more than 72 hours prior to your intended visit.

Masks are required while inside any building on the GW campus.

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.

Research Appointments

For reference inquiries, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

One-on-one research appointments can be made here

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center staff

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Archivist

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