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Terry Tapp Papers

Identifier: LP002756

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Terry Tapp mostly dealing with the 2001 wildcat strike at Jeffboat. The materials date from 1996-2017 and include correspondence, contract and offer, newsletters, newspapers, notices, song lyrics, and a book. Each grouping of items is preceded by a short description by Tapp.


  • 1996 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within 2001


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Terry Tapp was an employee of Jeffboat LLC, which is along the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He was very involved with the wildcat strike that began April 30, 2001 and went until May 6, 2001. Employees did not agree with the proposed contract of April 29, 2001 and did not trust their union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 89, so they went on strike without the backing of the union.


.25 Linear Feet (1 MB)


This collection contains the papers of Terry Tapp, an employee of Jeffboat that was part of the wildcat strike in 2001. The collection covers before, during, and a little after the strike. Included in the collection is a book written by Tapp about the strike that was published in 2017.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


This collection was deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library by Terry Tapp in 2017.

Related Materials

Information on other wildcat strikes:

Detroit Revolutionary Movements Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Danielle Golling on February 7, 2018.


Guide to the Terry Tapp Papers
Processed by Danielle Golling.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA