Idilio Gracia Peña, Chief Archivist
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives
Idilio Gracia Peña was appointed Chief Archivist of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives in 2004. Mr. Gracia Peña is a graduate of the City College of New York with a Bachelor in American History and a Minor in Political Science. He is renowned for his vast experience in archives management and his services on the boards of archives, records management and professional organizations. He is the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), 1990-1995 and the Director of the New York City Municipal Archives, 1978-1989. As commissioner of DORIS, he functioned as the chief archivist, chief public records officer, and chief librarian for New York City and administered the City’s archives, library records management and information services programs. In that capacity, he advised the Mayor, the City Council, and borough presidents on matters relating to government archives, library and records management, and information services. He began his career with the New York City Municipal Archives and Records Center in 1964. From 1997 to 2004 he was the project archivist for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Archives of the Puerto Rican Migration Processing Project.
Mr. Gracia Peña is also a consultant specializing in archives, records management and information services, grants proposal writing, project management, and non-profit administration. Mr. Gracia Peña was a member of the New York State Governor’s Task Force of Recording and Filing, the New York State Local Government Records Advisory Council, the New York City Commission on Public Information and Communication. He also served on the boards of several academic, professional and community organizations including the Pratt Institute School of Library and Information Science Board of Advisors; the New York Archival Society Board of Directors; the Long Island Archives Conference Board of Directors; Latin American Integration Center Board of Directors; and the Queens Borough President’s Historical Advisory Committee. He was a member of several professional organizations including the Society of American Archivists; the Academy of Certified Archivists; Association of Records Managers and Administrators; National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators; Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference; and the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers.
Jessy J. Pérez, Archivist
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives
Jessy J. Pérez, M.L.S, M.A. is a graduate of the City College of New York with a B.A and M.A in Spanish, and a Master in Library Science, with an Archives Concentration from Queens College. She assists the Chief Archivist in all matters related to the operations of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute archival program. Ms. Pérez performs the duties of the Chief Archivist during his absence in an acting capacity as well as her regular duties. Archivist Jessy Pérez, has over ten years of archival and practical and supervisory experience, under the tutelage of Chief Archivist Idilio Gracia Peña. Ms. Pérez surveys, appraises, accessions, processes, arranges, preserves, digitizes and provides access to archival materials relating to the Dominican population in the United States. She is also responsible for authoring descriptions for archival collections. In addition to her archivist duties, Ms. Pérez supervises the Archives' college assistants, work-study students, interns and volunteers.
Priscilla Mejía, Research Assistant
Ms. Mejia holds a BS in Applied Mathematics. She works under the supervision of the Archivist. During her time under the college work-study program from 2017 to 2018, Ms. Mejía acquired some archival experience in the performance of this position. Currently, Ms. Mejía processes archival materials; describes contents of archival collections; performs digital entry of archival and research materials into excel files; and digitizes various archival collections. She also assists the Archivist with the assignment and the evaluation of work performed by interns and work-study students on a daily basis. She also performs the following functions for the Dominican Library: answers telephones; assists researchers and interns with searches and answers general questions; re-shelves library and archival materials. In addition, she maintains the library donations log; prepares thank you letters for donors; prepares and sets up equipment for educational workshop presentations; provides assistance with technical equipment; and assists with the updating of the DSI Library blog.