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International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 654 Records

Identifier: MS-162

Scope and Contents

The records of Teamsters Local 654 are divided into five series: Administrative Records, General Correspondence, Materials from Affiliated Organizations, Bulletins from the Ohio Conference of teamsters (Legal, Research, and Statistical Division), and a Miscellaneous series.

Administrative Records (Series I) contains the minutes of regular and special board meetings dating from January, 1937 to December, 1947. A gap exists between April, 1939 and December, 1941. There is also a file of undated miscellaneous minutes. The Statements of Charges file contains short, handwritten charges of union violations directed against members.

Correspondence in Series II is of a very general nature and dates from 1937 to 1938.

Series III contains materials from Joint Council #61, a coalition of Western Ohio and Eastern Indiana Teamsters Locals. Minutes of regular and executive board meetings between 1940 and 1948 are included, as is a set of undated dues records.

Series IV contains Bulletins from the Ohio Conference of Teamsters (Legal, Research, and Statistical Division). There is one Bulletin from 1950 and a nearly complete set of 1951 Bulletins. They deal mainly with collective bargaining wage settlements.

The Miscellaneous series (Series V) contains four folders holding five miscellaneous items from 1937, 1938, and 1942.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1951


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was created in 1903 with help from the American Federation of Labor (AFL). The early teamster union supported men who drove horse-drawn wagons. Later the brotherhood grew to include the men operating motor vehicles. The Local 654 located in Springfield, Ohio was chartered by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in 1940. The Local 654 was affiliated with other regional unions to create the Joint Council #61. The coalition consisting of Western Ohio and Eastern Indiana teamster unions. As of 2018, Local 654 is no longer in existence. There is still a Dayton, Ohio Local under the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 957.


1 linear feet

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The bulk of the collection consists of meeting minutes of Local 654 and of its regional body, Joint Council 61. Also prominent in the collection are a run of bulletins from the Ohio Conference of Teamsters dating 1950-1951. Some correspondence, dues records, photographs, and miscellaneous items are included. Local 654 was headquartered in Springfield, Ohio.


The collection is arranged into five series:

Series I:
Administrative Records, 1937-1947
Series II:
General Correspondence, 1937-1938
Series III:
Materials from Affiliated Organizations, 1940-1948
Series IV
Bulletins from the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, 1950-1951
Series V:
Miscellaneous, 1937-1938, 1942

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Teamster Union Local 654 were donated to Wright State University Archive and Special Collections in November of 1980.

Guide to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 654 Records (MS-162)
Stanley J. Sobiech
1986 June
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Revision Statements

  • 2018 December: Finding aid revised according to DACS standards by Alyssa Stark and Toni Vanden Bos.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA