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Jimi Richards collection

Identifier: L2004-09

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jimi Richards collection, 1988-2003, contains correspondence, organizing materials, agreements, bylaws, local newsletters and other printed material, case documents, election materials, and videos, that document the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 728 and Local 528 (Atlanta, Ga.). Material from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in the collection includes correspondence, agreements, rosters, election materials, newsletters, print materials, and education materials.

Notable topics include cases of IBT election fraud, employee termination, and unfair labor practices by Georgia companies such as Overnite Transportation Company, as well as documents and VHS tapes pertaining to the efforts at organizing and reform at Overnite Transportation Company, both locally and internationally. Companies include USF Holland Inc., Eagle Transport Corporation, United Parcel Service, Roadway Express Inc., Zep Manufacturing Company (Atlanta, Ga.), and Aunt Fanny’s Bakery. Locals represented in the collection include IBT Local 728, Local 528, and Local 928 all out of Atlanta, Ga.


  • Creation: 1988-2003


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

History of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 728

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 728 (Atlanta, Ga.) was founded in the 1930s to represent freight haulers, and later organized warehouses, dairies, and the car hauling industry. It was the second Teamsters local established in Georgia. During the 1950s and 1960s the local's membership grew almost tenfold. In 1965, the local was divided to ease administrative burdens. Local 728 maintained its jurisdiction over freight hauling and delivery drivers in the cities of Atlanta and Savannah. Local 528's jurisdiction extended to the rest of Georgia and included car hauling. For a brief time, Local 928 (Atlanta, Ga.) also existed, created to represent package and delivery drivers (surface and air) in the state of Georgia, and General Crafts in Savannah (Ga.) and Brunswick (Ga.). Jimi Richards has been a member of The International Brotherhood of Teamsters for over 24 years. A native Georgian, he is a former Road Steward for Yellow Freight and has worked as an Organizer and Business Agent for Local 728. Mr. Richards also served as the Secretary Treasurer and Manager of Local 728, Atlanta Ga.


2.1 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes, one containing videotapes)

Language of Materials



Jimi Richards served as the Secretary-Treasurer and Manager of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 728, Atlanta (Ga.). The Jimi Richards collection, 1988-2003, contains correspondence, organizing materials, agreements, bylaws, local newsletters, election materials, printed materials, videocassette tapes, and case documents of Locals 728, 528, and 928 (Atlanta, Ga.)


The collection is arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 728 and Local 528, 1985-2002
  2. Series II: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 1989-2003
  3. Series III: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Southern Region, 1959-2013

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jimi Richards, July 9, 2004.

Separated Materials

Several issues of International Teamster periodical have been separated to the Southern Archives Labor Periodicals collection.

Processing Information

Series I and II processed by Carley Henderson at the file level, April 2014. Series III processed by Hal Hansen, June 2022.

Jimi Richards:
A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
May 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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