The United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research (USCTI) was established at Hartwick College in 1998 as an educational membership organization to promote and encourage research, preservation, and remembrance about the United States Colored Troops,(USCT) inclusive of men of African descent, Native Americans, and their white officers. Since more than 80 percent of the USCT were formally enslaved at the time of their enlistment, flight to freedom was certainly a reality for many of them. The Institute is devoted to placing the USCT within the historical realm of the Underground Railroad. The USCTI assists multiple researchers ranging from individual families, preservation organizations, Underground Railroad sites, and the media. It has been honored with proclamations from several state governments and the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust, as well as entered into the Congressional Record for outstanding historical and genealogical research. Most significant about the USCTI is that its work is supported by the privately owned Matthews Collection for the Preservation of Freedom Journey Classics. It comprises 2,500 items, including books about persons whose flight to freedom helped to energize the Underground Railroad, as well as a lithograph series by Civil War illustrator Thomas Nast. The USCTI at Hartwick College was selected in 2008 as an endorsed site of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Breese Hall, One Hartwick Dr, Oneonta, 13820
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Michael Tannenbaum
Location Type: Facility
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Civil War