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 50,000 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.

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.

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.

Hours & Directions

Visitors are always welcome! Tour the ATHS Visitor Center, Zoe James Memorial Library, or the American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame.

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.

American Truck Historical Society HQ

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