Harry Bradshaw Matthews
Harry Bradshaw Matthews is associate dean and director of the U.S. Pluralism Center located in the division of Academic Affairs at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. A noted specialist on the Killingsworth lineage, Matthews is a Killingsworth descendant from South Carolina and the author of African American Genealogical Research: How to Trace Your Family History. He also is the author African American Freedom Journey in New York and Related Sites, 1823-1870, Freedom Knows No Color, as well as The Family Legacy of Anthony Johnson: From Jamestown, VA to Somerset, MD 1619-1995.
Matthews is the grandson of the formerly enslaved African named Richard Parler, Jr. of Denmark, S.C. While an undergraduate student, Matthews was encouraged by the Jamaican anthropologist, Dr. Ena Campbell, to conduct primary research about his family's history. During later years, he published articles on genealogical research as well as intercultural diversity and awareness. His expertise has garnered him attention from regional and national media, including WSKG Public Broadcasting, A&E Cable Network Magazine, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Matthews also is profiled in Civil War Reenactment: Grand Review 2000, a video by Emmy-Award winning producer Russ Hodge. He was honored as a contributing essayist in the inaugural issue of New York Archives Vol. 1, Number 1, Summer 2001. Matthews was also invited to write the entry on the United States Colored Troops for the Encyclopedia of New York, which was released by Syracuse University Press in 2005.
Matthews is founding president, senior fellow, and executive director of the United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research, a national membership body, headquartered at Hartwick College. During his tenure, Matthews and the USCTI have been honored with numerous proclamations and awards for research, preservation, and remembrance of the USCT. Recognitions included selection as a keynote speaker at the 145th Anniversary Commemorative of the USCT Grand Review in Harrisburg, PA, profile in the December 2009 issue of Perspectives on History published by the American Historical Association, the 2008 endorsement by the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the 2004 Jeffries Carey National Achievement Medal, the Senate of Maryland Resolution 423 for outstanding historical and genealogical research, the 2003 Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award, and the 1998 proclamation from New York State Governor George Pataki honoring the United States Colored Troops from the Empire State. Matthews is included in Bibliography and Genealogy Master Index, 1986-1990, Who's Who in America, 54th Edition, 2000, and Who's Who in American Education, 2006-2007. He was an appointed member, 2006-2007, of the New York State Commissioner of Education's Advisory Council for State and Local History.
Matthews earned his bachelor's degree in Black-Hispanic studies and political science from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and his Master of Arts degree in counseling education from Northern Michigan University. He was elected to Phi Kappa Phi honor society in 1980, and elected a fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society (Commonwealth Trust) in England, and an ordinary fellow of the College of Preceptors (FcollP) in England. Matthews has been employed in higher education for 36 years, with previous appointments as assistant dean SUNY Oneonta, director of black student services at Northern Michigan University, assistant to the deans at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and dean of intercultural advancement at Gettysburg College. Matthews is married to the former Pamela L. Davis of Fox Hill, Nassau, Bahamas.
U.S. Pluralism Center
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Oneonta, New York 13820
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