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Thomas E. Flynn Papers

 Collection
Identifier: IBT0004
The Thomas E. Flynn Papers is a collection of material covering 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.

Dates

  • circa 1938 - circa 1972

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (3 Document boxes, 1 flat box, 8 audio cassettes.)

Overview

The Thomas E. Flynn Papers is a collection of material covering 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.

Biographical / Historical

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 1924, Flynn joined Local 753 of the Milk Drivers Union while driving a team of horses on a milk route. He transferred to Local 702 of the Ice Drivers Union in 1929, where he drove trucks delivering ice to cars in Chicago’s freight and produce yards, as well as coal to hotels and office buildings.

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.

General President Daniel J. Tobin selected Flynn as Executive Assistant in 1941, where he established and directed the initial affairs of the Southern Conference of Teamsters until the conference was functional and operational. Upon the retirement of Tobin in 1952, Flynn was assigned by General President Dave Beck as National Director of the National Freight Division. In October 1953, Beck selected Flynn to handle the establishment of the Eastern Conference of Teamsters.

At the 1957 Convention, Flynn was elected Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters a position to which he was re-elected in 1961 and 1966.

Arrangement

Organized by topic clusters: Correspondence, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Press.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Title
Guide to the Thomas E. Flynn Papers, 1938-1972
Status
completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America