David Montgomery

David Montgomery was one of the founders of the modern field of labor history.   He and his family lived in Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood in the 1950s and early 1960s, when David first worked at Honeywell and was a shop steward in the United Electrical Workers’ Union (UE), and then became a graduate student in History at the University of Minnesota.  He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University.  His widow, Martel, generously shipped fifteen boxes of David’s personal library to the Freedom Library.  His materials reflect his interest in international labor history and include a number of rare and original publications.




Hmong  Archives

a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit located inside the East Side Freedom Library


Donna Gabaccia/ Jeffrey Pilcher

Fred Ho

David Montgomery

Peter Rachleff

David Roediger

Matt Witt

Activists Art 2018

Keith Christensen
Leon Wang
Aaron Johnson-Ortiz
Ruthann Godollei


Labor and working-class history and literature

U.S. immigration history

African American and African diasporic history

Asian American and Asian history

Political-economic history, U.S. and global

Women’s history and feminism(s)

Political philosophy

Jazz and radical music history

Historical methods and historiography, including oral history