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LAC0018 The James Neff Labor Archives - the IBT Collection

Identifier: LAC0018

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material pertaining to the International Brotherood of Teamsters amassed by board member and president of Investigative Reporters and Editors James Neff. Materials include microfilm reels, paper files, VHS and U-Matic tapes, photographs and transparency film slides dating from 1953-1989


  • 1953-1989


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.

Biographical / Historical

James Neff, born 1953, is a US Nonfiction author and an investigative journalist. Neff is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master’s Degree in American Civilization from the University of Texas Austin. He has worked as a reporter, columnist, editor, and investigator for a number of publications including the Austin-American Statesman, The Plain Dealer, The Seattle Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and From 1994 to 1999, Neff was the Willard M. Kiplinger Chair in Public Affairs Reporting in Ohio State University School of Journalism and Communication. He was a board member and president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. from 1991 to 2002.


42 Linear Feet (42 record center cartons containing 1,428 microfilm reels, paper files, 142 VHS tapes, and photographs. )

Language of Materials



This collection consists of 14 series. Series 1 contains microfilm reels of a range of documentation created by various departments and offices of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The microfilm reels were selected for copying by James Neff in the 1990s. Series 2 contains files having to do with IBT history. Series 3 contains files having to do with IBT locals. Series 4 contains miscellaneous newspapers produced by IBT. Series 5 contains biographies and news clippings pertaining to certain key members of IBT. Series 6 contains articles, pamphlets, and flyers published by IBT. Series 7 contains files having to do with the Eastern Conference of Teamsters. Series 8 contains correspondence between IBT President Dan Tobin and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Series 9 contains files having to do with various large companies associated with IBT. Series 10 contains newspaper clippings about IBT. Series 11 contains publications by organizations outside of IBT. Series 12 contains constitution booklets and convention materials from IBT and IBT affiliated groups. Series 13 contains VHS and U-Matic tapes of movies produced by IBT or related to IBT. Series 14 contains miscellaneous photographs from IBT.


The microfilm collection is organized by IBT department or topics covered in the microfilmed documentation. Series 2 through 12 are organized chronologically and by subject. Series 13 is arranged in no particular order. Series 14 is arranged by photograph type.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Neff, 04-2016, 2016-103

Guide to the LAC0018 The James Neff Labor Archives - the IBT Collection, 1953-1989
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America