About Us

Signing of the ATHS Charter, Dearborn Heights, MI. 1971. Zoe James Memorial Library.

Incorporated in 1971, the American Truck Historical Society was formed to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. Originally headquartered in Dearborn Heights, Michigan,  ATHS was relocated to Birmingham, Alabama in 1977, and Mrs. Zoe James was hired to oversee the library, archives, and membership. Today, the Zoe James Memorial Library boasts a collection of more than 100,000 photographs, 35,000 pieces of sales literature, 45,000 books and periodicals, along with a vast collection of scale models and trucking memorabilia.

An annual convention has been held each year since 1972, with a public antique truck show added in 1980. This show has grown from humble beginnings to more than 1,000 trucks and trailers, of every make, shape, and size. People come from around the world to take part in the ATHS National Convention & Truck Show, the official kick-off event of the summer season.

The Mission

ATHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, meaning every decision made is done so with the ATHS mission in mind.

Board of Directors

Lead by a dedicated group of volunteers, representing various aspects of the industry, the ATHS Board of Directors sets policy and long-term goals for the Society.

Annual & Financial Reports

Transparency plays a vital role in our core values. We provide our financial documentation to assure you we are good stewards of the funds entrusted to us by our members.

Chapters & Divisions

When it comes down to it, this Society is all about people. You may come for the trucks … but you’ll stay for the people.


Children and grandchildren of ATHS members are encouraged to apply for an annual scholarship, to help offset the costs of higher education.

ATHS Staff

With a small staff, ATHS strives to do BIG things. Meet the men and women working hard to preserve history and offer value to our members.

American Truck Historical Society HQ

Contact Us

If you have a question, concern, or suggestion, we want to hear from you.