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USCT Digest Assigned Worldwide Identification

June 5, 2009

A publication by Hartwick’s United States Colored Troops Institute is now accessible by libraries worldwide. The USCT Civil War Digest has been assigned an International Standard Serial Number, which allows the periodical to be identified in printed form and, if available, online.

Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews was notified last month that the digest, which is sent to members of the USCTI, was assigned an ISS number by the Library of Congress. The decision is based on the number of requests for the publication from libraries, subscription agencies, abstracting and indexing services, and the U.S. Postal Service.

“It is gratifying that such a small publication has attracted the attention of a respectful following,” Matthews said, adding that the newsletter’s popularity may be part of the driving force behind memberships to the USCTI. “It was quite a surprise and humbling to learn that the newsletter was being followed and catalogued by distinguished universities and prominent libraries, such as Northwestern University, the New York Historical Society, the New York State Historical Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library.”

Published twice a year, the digest updates members on recent USCT discoveries, research, and events. The most recent issue details the center’s identification of a Revolutionary War soldier, a discovery that was five years in the making.

The institute promotes and encourages original historical and genealogical research about the 200,000 colored men and their 7,000 white officers of the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. It encourages communities to "find" their local USCT members and to place them within a local historical context through educational and commemorative events.

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