Fred Ho

Fred Ho was a leading figure in avant-garde jazz from the 1970s through the 2010s, and he was also a scholar of culture and politics and a political activist.  Fred’s passions and interests brought him to the Twin Cities on many occasions, for a residencies at the Walker Art Center and Macalester College, and as a recipient of a McKnight Composer’s Fellowship.  Fred also collaborated with the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union (HERE Local 17) and its diverse membership.  Before his death in 2014, Fred shipped 100 boxes of materials — books, recordings, notes, and more — to the ESFL for inclusion in our holdings.




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

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


Donna Gabaccia/ Jeffrey Pilcher

Fred Ho

David Montgomery

Peter Rachleff

David Roediger

Matt Witt