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Alumni of Distinction
Harry Bradshaw Matthews '74

Bianca O Brien

Harry Bradshaw Matthews '74 was the first student to receive academic credit for his internship with the New York State Assembly Minority Ways and Means Research Division. He earned his master's degree in education from Northern Michigan University in 1980. Prior to relocating to Oneonta in 1993, he served as the first Dean of Intercultural Advancement at Gettysburg College. He is the Associate Dean and Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs at Hartwick College, and founding president of the USCT Institute for Local History and Family Research. The Institute was designated in 2011 by the National Park Service as a research facility of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. In 2016, Matthews was selected for inclusion among 15 Community Heroes in Portraiture, resulting in a 30" x 40" painting of him for preservation in Delaware and Otsego Counties, New York. In 2018, Matthews was elected a director of the SUNY Oneonta Foundation Board. He is the 2019 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as chosen by Marquis Who's Who. Matthews is the author of several books including African American Freedom Journey in New York and Related Sites, 1823-1870. He is also the author of African American Genealogical Research: How to Trace Your Family History, which has been cited as one of the 24 most useful publications in family history research. The publication was selected in 2007 by the Library of Congress for its permanent collection.


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