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David Montgomery Award

The deadline for the 2016 award has passed. Information on the 2017 award will be available summer 2016.


David MontgomeryThe David Montgomery Award is given annually by the OAH with co-sponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history. Eligible works shall be written in English and deal with United States history in significant ways but may include comparative or transnational studies that fall within these guidelines. The award is given in recognition of David Montgomery’s crucial role in pioneering new approaches to the study of working people and their history. David Montgomery was president of the OAH 1999-2000.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

The award will be presented at the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, April 7-10.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2016 David Montgomery Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2015.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2015 and before January 1, 2016. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received by each committee member and postmarked no later than January 7, 2016. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

The final decision will be made by the David Montgomery Award Committee by February 2016. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

David Montgomery Award Committee

Eric Arnesen (Committee Chair)
8 Bolling Lane
Bethesda MD 20817
[Affiliation: George Washington University]

Deborah Cohen
3943 Fairview Avenue
St. Louis MO 63116
[Affiliation: University of Missouri, St. Louis]

Bruce Laurie
113 Packardville Road
Pelham MA 01002
[Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Emeritus]


List of Past Winners