ONTO donates two publications to the CUNY DSI Library

ONTO Pub/1 edition and the third ONTO Pub /3 edition are now available at the library.

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Julianny Ariza for donating two copies of the Dominican art publication ONTO to our library through artist Joiri Minaya, collaborator of ONTO publications. The donation consists of the ONTO Pub / 1 edition and the third ONTO Pub / 2 edition. We recommend checking out their website to learn more about this publication produced by Dominican artists on the current art scene in the Dominican Republic and other related issues here: http://www.onto.pub/

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian

President of Fundación Refidomsa Félix (Felucho) Jiménez donates unique Dominican music collection to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library

Chief Librarian Prof. Sarah Aponte would like to thank Mr. Félix (Felucho) Jiménez for his generous music collection donation to our CUNY DSI Library. We would like to acknowledge CUNY DSI Director and Sociology Professor Dr. Ramona Hernández for her continuous support to the library.

Dr. Herandnez Felucho Jimenez and Dean Andy Rich
From left to right: Dr. Ramona Hernandez (CUNY DSI Director), Felucho Jimenez (Refidomsa President), and Dr. Andy Rich (CCNY School of Colin Powell Dean)

This important donation includes a Dominican music anthology conceived and compiled by Dominican economist, politician, and writer Félix (Felucho) Jiménez, who supervised the production of the entire project. Divided into seven collections, the anthology includes folkloric and romantic songs, as well as classical and popular music. The 24 CD collection contains 1,588 songs. In addition, each album offers a CD booklet with extensive liner notes with the names and biographies of orchestras, musicians, and composers. This comprehensive collection encapsulates a stylistic and historical panorama of Dominican music, from big band merengue to countryside palos, mangulina, bachata, carabiné, son, fusión, and baladas pop. The anthology attests to the rich diversity of genres, composers, and interpreters of Dominican music and its contributions to Caribbean culture.

Felucho Jimenez donation 2 Felix (Felucho) Jimenez with donated materials

List of donated materials received from Mr. Jiménez to be part of the CUNY DSI growing music library collection:

Jiménez, Félix. Antología musical: Luis Kalaff & Luis Rivera, Bullumba Landestoy & Moisés, Billo Frómeta & Mario de Jesús. Santiago de los Caballeros, República Dominicana: Fundación Refidomsa, 2019.

Jiménez, Félix. Canto a Quisqueya. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Fundación Refidomsa, 2019-2020.

Jiménez, Félix. Clásicos Dominicanos Vol.1-6. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Fundación Refidomsa, 2008.

Jiménez, Félix. Orquestas y Conjuntos dominicanos del siglo XX Vol. 1-6. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Fundación Refidomsa, 2019-2020.

Jiménez, Félix. Voces dominicanas de ayer y siempre Vol. 1-4. Santiago de los Caballeros, República Dominicana: Fundación Refidomsa, 2019-2020.

Jiménez, Félix. Canción romántica dominicana Vol. 1-3. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Fundación Refidomsa, 2019-2020.

Jiménez, Félix. Un siglo de música dominicana Vol. 1-3. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Fundación Refidomsa, 2020.

Felucho Jimenez donation

Once again, we are grateful for this kind donation. This music collection is of interest to those conducting research on Dominican traditional music, Dominican popular music, Dominican classical music, and musical collaborative projects.

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian


Here Comes Calico! The First Dominican American Superhero

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library would like to thank Dominican writer, creator, and founder of Sigma Comics, H.H. German, for donating issues #1 and #2 of Here comes CALICO. CALICO is a new indie-comic book character named Hector Gil, with roots in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic, where he first experienced violence and abusive behavior towards animals.

  Calico-cover_orig (1)Here Comes CALICO. Issue #1 Cover.  CoverHere Comes CALICO. Issue #2 Cover.
In issue #1, Hector was bullied early on as a kid for being a "Dominican York," a term used to describe an American-born person of Dominican ancestry raised in New York City. The comic establishes these two parallel stories of Calico as a small boy confronted by a rich bully named "Guillermito" and of people who hurt innocent animals in a passionate, graphic, and uncensored way. Hector, a former boxer and mixed martial artist from the streets of the Bronx, takes vengeance against those who abuse and kill animals. The comic is for mature audiences willing to go on these vigilante justice adventures delving into the world of animal abuse, racial injustice, environmental crises, and gentrification. 

Furthermore, H.H. German makes carefully intended references in both issues #1 and #2 on Dominican culture while still tackling these topics. For example, in issue # 2, there is a scene while Calico is walking through the streets of the South Bronx that accurately captures the look of different businesses in the neighborhood. Such as "Cuchifritos Tito's," popular establishments specializing in various fried foods from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. 

Bronx-sceneHere Comes CALICO. Issue #2: Neighborhood view.

In the next scene from issue #2, Calico is driving to Washington Heights, the historic and predominantly Dominican community in upper Manhattan, while talking about baseball and the sense of pride Dominicans feel about the game. The Boston Red Sox was playing the New York Yankees in the story that night. The commentary that follows alludes to the evident success of Dominican ballplayers Pedro Martínez, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

DominicansHere comes CALICO.  Issue #2: Driving to Washington Heights.

The reader will appreciate these references and the creative approach that H.H. German took to represent his community and provide a voice for a topic that does not get nearly enough media coverage: animal abuse. 

We recommend Here Comes Calico for adults interested in unique comics with excellent illustrations and honest storytelling. We look forward to receiving the next seven issues in the series! 

Note: Here comes CALICO was written by German, H.H. and illustrated by Javier Orabich and Daniel Grimaldi. The cover was created by Garnabiel.

Jhensen Ortiz



A History of Dominican Music in the U.S. announced by Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership included in their newsletter At A Glance a note about our recently launched website  A History of Dominican Music in the United States , the first open-source digital platform narrating the history of Dominican music as it developed during the past century in the United States. 

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Donation of Dominican-Related Educational Resources to the Bronx Community College Library

Pic 1The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library donated over 500 Dominican-related materials to the Bronx Community College Library (BCC) to serve their growing Dominican and Latino student population. BCC Professor and Librarian Nelson Santana picked up the materials and stated that this donation will enrich student’s accessibility to materials on the Dominican Republic while simultaneously increasing the library’s holdings on Dominican studies.

Pic 3 Pic 4We hope this donation will help the BCC student and faculty to expand their knowledge on Dominican studies. 

Jhensen Ortiz


Juan Pujadas donates part of his wife’s personal library collection

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Dr. Estrella Betances de Pujadas, Courtesy of Juan Pujadas

Earlier this year, library assistant Matthew Santana and I went on a trip to Sleep Hollow, New York to choose books from the vast library of Dr. Estrella Betances de Pujadas (1935-2004), professor, poet, and author of several books.

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All of the 244 materials donated to the library.
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A close up of the diversity of books donated.
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The book donated range from pamphlets, magazines, academic journals, and rare books.

We would like to acknowledge Sam Gonzalez, a neighbor and friend of the Pujadas family for contacting us and letting us know about this amazing personal collection of books, magazines, maps, and many other pertinent materials related to Dominican history and culture.

This collection is unique because it captures Dr. Estrella Betances de Pujadas research interest as well as her family’s personal experience with Trujillo's tyranny represented in her thesis "The influence of Rafael Trujillo in Dominican Literature" in 1991. The scope and historical importance of many of the works in this collection are extraordinary. In fact, her personal book collection will enrich our library’s ability to provide primary and secondary sources to students, researchers and the public interested in Dominican studies as well as support contemporary literature and political history of Latin America and the Caribbean region. Our blog is glad to highlight a few books from her collection:

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Soler, y Meriño Mariano A. Flores Tropicales. Madrid: Imprenta. de Bailly-Baillière e Hijos, 1909.
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A close up of the title page of Flores Tropicales.  


This collection contains several out of print and valuable books such as a first edition copy of Flores Tropicales [Tropical Flowers] (only two printed copies on WorldCat are currently available to general readers). This historic collection of literary essays by poet Mariano A. Soler y Meriño featured a prologue by prominent poet, essayist, and columnist Gastón Fernando Deligne considered one of the great poets in Dominican literature of the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.

Hotel brochures
One of the most expansive collections of hotel brochures, magazines, programs related to Dominican tourism going as far back as 1939!

The donation contains a program highlighting the Dominican Republic’s participation in N.Y. World’s Fair (1939); and The Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World (Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad del Mundo Libre), an international world's fair that took place during the Trujillo Era in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955-56). It also includes postcards and maps of Santo Domingo during the Trujillo Era. In addition, there are Dominican tourism brochures from 1960s and 1970s that display the popular hotels, beaches, entertainment attractions from those decades.

Familias dominicanas
Volumes I, II, and III of Familias Dominicanas.

This set of volumes of the book Familias Dominicanas [Dominican Families] first published in 1967 by Academia Dominicana de la Historia [Dominican Academy of History] was written by Carlos Larrazábal Blanco, a founding member and honorary president of the Instituto Dominicano de Genealogía [Dominican Institute of Genealogy]. These three books are an important reference on the origins of Dominican family surnames and a valuable resource for anyone interested in conducting genealogical research on their family history.

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Donated Dominican cookbooks and recipes to the library.

Classic Dominican cookbooks and recipes are also part of the collection:

Bornia, Ligia. La Cocina Dominicana. Santo Domingo: Editora Taller, 1979.

Betances de Pujadas, Estrella. Recipes of Santo Domingo/ Recetas Dominicanas. Santo Domingo: Editora Amigo del Hogar, 1973.

Recetas Dominicanas: Dominican Recipes. Santo Domingo: Ladies Guild of Santo Domingo, 1977.

Henríquez de Pou, Silvia. Mujer 2000: Recetas de Cocina. Santo Domingo: Editora Amigo del Hogar, 1988.

Dra. Estrella Betances de Pujadas’ book of classic Dominican recipes Recipes of Santo Domingo/ Recetas Dominicanas is a welcome addition to our collection. She published the book when she was chair for the Ladies Guild in Santo Domingo who later published their own Dominican recipes in 1979. This book was a second edition republished to raise funds for the “School of Special Education” in Santo Domingo.

These are the books published by Dr. Estrella Betances de Pujadas and available at CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library:

Betances de Pujadas, Estrella, and Carlos F. Pérez. Origen y proyecciones del Protectoralismo Dominicano. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Editora Alfa y Omega, 1979.

Betances, de Pujadas, Estrella. Unos cuentos para padres con sus niños. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Editora Corripio, 1980.

Betances, de Pujadas, Estrella. Perico Grillo se va a Nueva York y otros relatos. Madrid, España: Asociación Literaria Calíope, 1999.

Betances, de Pujadas, Estrella. De las entrañas de las criaturas y de la tierra. U.S.: publisher not identified, 1999.

Betances, de Pujadas, Estrella. Desde la sima de lo mundano, hasta la cima de lo espiritual. U.S.: publisher not identified, 1999.

Betances, de Pujadas, Estrella. Entre bromas y entre veras, síntesis y moralejas. Madrid, España: Asociación Literaria Calíope, 2000.

Betances, de Pujadas, Estrella. Asuntos dominicanos: literatura, artes y cultura. U.S.: publisher not identified, 2001.

Betances, de Pujadas, Estrella. Stages of My life. Baltimore, MD.: Publish America, 2004.

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian


Engaging young minds: Dominican Library and the City College Academy of the Arts

Since 2014, the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library (CUNY DSI), the most extensive Dominican Studies collection in the United States, has successfully collaborated with the City College Academy of the Arts (CCAA)’s Bridge to College Program for 8th graders. Every year, students excitedly look forward to this 8-week workshop to explore Dominican culture in the United States through history, folklore, food, race, class, and gender, using archival and library sources. In addition to lectures and discussions, we have interactive hands on activities where students are exposed to archival sources, including artifacts, films, and vinyl records. By the end of the seminar, students have a stronger understanding of Dominican culture and experience how college professors ask questions, do research, and solve problems. During the final class session, students are responsible for presenting what they have learned to the rest of the Bridge to College students and staff at CCAA.


Besides the Bridge to College Program, the Dominican Library offers an Immersion Summer Institute for 7th graders and various educational workshops during the year to hundreds of students from the New York City public schools, CUNY, community based organizations, and colleges and universities throughout the United States. These workshops are orga­nized using the unique resources found in the CUNY DSI Library and Archives, under the leadership of Prof. Sarah Aponte (Chief Librarian) and Jhensen Ortiz (Librarian). The workshops also help teachers enhance their curriculum by incorporating new knowledge learned at CUNY DSI.

With these educational workshops, the Dominican Library is bringing the joys and challenges of research using archival materials to those without too much experience, or any at all, in academia.



Top Image: Prof. Sarah Aponte (left) and Librarian Jhensen Ortiz (right) with the CCAA Bridge to College students.

Middle Image: CCAA Bridge to College students interacting with books of Taino (indigenous population of La Española).

Bottom Image: Mr. Martin Toomajian, CCAA teacher (left) with students from the Bridge to College Program.


Prof. Sarah Aponte

Chief Librarian and Associate Professor 

El profesor Max U. Montesino dona su publicación

Gracias Prof. Max U. Montesino por donar a nuestra biblioteca su reciente publicación Retrato del dominicano en la organización: impacto de la cultura nacional en el comportamiento gerencial (Editorial Santuario, 2018).



Este libro contiene un análisis introspectivo sobre el impacto de valores y normas de la cultura nacional dominicana en la conducta organizacional de habitantes de República Dominicana en empresas privadas, instituciones gubernamentales y entidades sin fines de lucro; tanto en el país o como miembros de la diáspora alrededor del mundo. Con esta donación, el Prof. Montesino contribuye a enriquecer los materiales bibliográficos que ofrecemos en nuestra biblioteca a los estudiantes, investigadores y la comunidad que nos visitan.

Jhensen Ortiz


New Books: Recent Acquisitions in the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library

The CUNY DSI Library is proud to announce its recent acquisitions. We are grateful for the support and generosity of The City College Libraries. We look forward to making these titles available to students, researchers, and the general public very soon.

Click on the image to enlarge and get a closer look.

Here is a list of the books we acquired:

  • ¡Manteca! edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow
  • Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-El Padilla Peralta
  • Mi Casa Uptown: Learning to Love Again by Rich Perez
  • Countersong to Walt Whitman and Other Poems translated by Jonathan Cohen and Donald D. Walsh
  • The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, and Jamila Woods
  • Alou My Baseball Journey by Felipe Alou and Peter Kerasotis
  • Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse: An Anthology of Women Writers edited by Peggy Robles-Alvarado
  • Winterness by Juan Dicent
  • The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race, and Dominican National Identity by April J. Mayes
  • Americans All: Good Neighbor Cultural Diplomacy in World War II by Darlene J. Sadlier
  • Escrituras del Otro Cuerpo by Johan Mijaíl Castillo
  • Despierta by Greisy M. Genao
  • Diccionario de Gestos Dominicanos by Faustino Pérez
  • Bichán by Miguel Yarull
  • Theatre and Cartographies of Power: Repositioning the Latina/o Americas by Jimmy A. Noriega and Analola Santana
  • The Pitcher and the Dictator: Satchel Paige's Unlikely Season in the Dominican Republic by Averell Smith

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute





Rehousing of ¡AHORA! Magazine Collection

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library has just completed the reorganization and rehousing of the ¡AHORA! magazine collection. ¡AHORA! magazine was founded by Dominican journalist and lawyer Rafael Molina Morillo on January 15, 1962, and was considered a  progressive media outlet for its support of freedom of expression and human rights in the country. The magazine ran until 2004, and the library has been able to preserve a few original issues from 1969 until 1978. While the collection is incomplete, the rehousing has made it possible to protect these issues for many years to come, and it was a collaborative effort that we attempted within the library. 
With the assistance of library assistant Matthew Santana and intern Jorge Vasquez, a Queens College graduate student, enrolled in the Library Science, and History, dual degree program, we were able to complete the project.
It was a team effort, and I am so proud of the library staff for getting it done so quickly. They look great, and we look forward to sharing this resource with future researchers.
Jhensen Ortiz