Harry Bradshaw Matthews

Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs

Google Harry Bradshaw Matthews and you'll learn a lot about Hartwick's Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs. You'll discover his interest in African American genealogy, his accomplishments as an author, and his dedication to his community. You'll learn about his work with local and national organizations, and you'll see praise for his writings.

Step onto the Hartwick campus and you'll learn even more. Maybe you'll strike up a conversation with students in the  Harriet Tubman Mentoring project, which teaches them the process Matthews used in researching, documenting, and preserving local history, family research, and African American heritage. The program grew out of Matthews' study and subsequent book, The African American Freedom Journey to New York and Related Sites, 1823-1870.

Or maybe you'll get your hands on a copy of African American Genealogical Research: How to Trace Your Family History, which has been selected for inclusion in The Library of Congress' permanent collections.

Matthews' interest in African American genealogy was influenced by Alex Haley's 1976 book, Roots. Since then, Matthews has become a voice for diversity, equality, and history, both on and off the Hartwick campus. He is president of the  USCT Institute for Local History and Family Research, and has been received numerous awards and proclamations for his research, including recognition from former New York governor George Pataki.

In 2008-09, he oversaw Hartwick's involvement in The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial: Honoring the Role of Hartwick College Personalities and Local Citizens in the Journey to Freedom, a series of events throughout the academic year that highlighted the ties between Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and Hartwick’s past.

Most recently, Matthews has moved to the national spotlight as a speaker and panel member at the United States Colored Troops Grand Review Commemoration in Harrisburg, PA. He also recently appeared on NBC New York to discuss his work to trace his own lineage.