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Jimmy Hoffa FBI Files

 Collection
Identifier: LP001822
The Jimmy Hoffa FBI Files contain FOIA request copies of FBI files related to the case of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. These files were acquired by the Detroit Free Press in response to the settlement and order in the matter of Detroit Free Press v. Department of Justice. The Free Press received pages from a prosecutive report dated May 13, 2002, and its attachments prepared by the FBI Detroit Field Office, as well as thousands of pages from the FBI Headquarters file 9-60052, relating to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. The Free Press also received pages from files of the Department of Justice and other related FBI case files. Included in the collection are copies of reports that have not been redacted, given to Barbara Crancer by Mike Betzold, who found them in a discarded school locker and wrote about them in the Sunday Journal.

Important Subjects: Organized crime Labor unions Important Names: International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Hoffa, James R. (James Riddle), 1913- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation Betzold, Michael Provenzano, Anthony Crancer, Barbara

Dates

  • 1964 - 2002
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 1992

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

7 Linear Feet (7 SB)

Overview

Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1982) was born in Brazil, Indiana. He was heavily involved with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters between the years 1932-1971, first as an organizer and then serving as the union’s general president from 1958-1971. He played a major role in the development of the union, securing the first national agreement for teamsters’ rates in 1964. In 1964, Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud. Hoffa was imprisoned in 1967, but released in 1971 in accordance with a pardon from President Nixon, which blocked him from participating in the union until 1980. After attempting to run for the union presidency again, Hoffa disappeared from the front of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, MI in 1975 and was declared dead in absentia in 1982. As of 2013, his body had not yet been found. The Jimmy Hoffa FBI Files contain FOIA request copies of FBI files related to the case of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. These files were acquired by the Detroit Free Press in response to the settlement and order in the matter of Detroit Free Press v. Department of Justice. The Free Press received pages from a prosecutive report dated May 13, 2002, and its attachments prepared by the FBI Detroit Field Office, as well as thousands of pages from the FBI Headquarters file 9-60052, relating to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. The Free Press also received pages from files of the Department of Justice and other related FBI case files. Included in the collection are copies of reports that have not been redacted, given to Barbara Crancer by Mike Betzold, who found them in a discarded school locker and wrote about them in the Sunday Journal.

History

Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1982) was born in Brazil, Indiana. He was heavily involved with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters between the years 1932-1971, first as an organizer and then serving as the union’s general president from 1958-1971. He played a major role in the development of the union, securing the first national agreement for teamsters’ rates in 1964. In 1964, Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud. Hoffa was imprisoned in 1967, but released in 1971 in accordance with a pardon from President Nixon, which blocked him from participating in the union until 1980. After attempting to run for the union presidency again, Hoffa disappeared from the front of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, MI in 1975 and was declared dead in absentia in 1982. As of 2013, his body had not yet been found.

Arrangement of the files

Files are primarily organized by reporting office and then by page number of the report, unless otherwise noted:
  1. Detroit Field Office (Box 1). Pages from the Detroit office are numbered, and every effort has been made to order them in their distinct groupings.
  2. FBI Headquarters file 9-60052 (Boxes 1-6). Various sections are arranged in section order.
  3. Department of Justice Criminal Division referrals, 1964-1988 (Box 6). Includes other related FBI files.
  4. Barbara Crancer copies (Boxes 6-7).

Acquisition

The Jimmy Hoffa FBI files were donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library in September of 2003 by David Ashefelter. A subsequent donation was made on May 17, 2005.

Related Material

International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union Records, UAW Local 833 Records. Photographs of Hoffa can be found in the Tony Spina Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Katelyn Jedro on July 19, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Jimmy Hoffa FBI Files
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Katelyn Jedro; encoded by Katelyn Jedro .
Date
2013-07-19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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