Share This
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Archives History

 The Dominican Archives was established in 2002 as a repository of archival materials that documents the experience and contributions of the Dominican population in the United States. Initial funding for the establishment of the Dominican Archives was provided by the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program (DHP). The DHP grant made it possible for the Institute to hire renowned archivist Idilio Gracia Peña as an archives consultant to prepare a feasibility study and action plan to establish the archives; conduct an archives survey of Dominican organizations and civic leaders to uncover extant archival materials generated by the New York Dominican population; and to accession, preserve and make available such materials. Mr. Gracia Peña, a professional archivist with over fifty years of experience in archives, library, and records management, was subsequently appointed Chief Archivist of the Dominican Archives.