Generous Donors

Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes donates important publications to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library

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The books donated to the library from Centro León

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Director Maria Amalia León for making possible a generous donation of the publications of Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes (Centro León) in the Dominican Republic. The donation includes an extensive assortment of books related to the history of photograph, tobacco in the Dominican Republic, art catalogs, and the proceedings of the Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad y Cultura en el Caribe hosted at Centro León in the past (genres of jazz, bolero, and folklore) In addition, their publications are now available online here.

This is the list of publications generously donated by Centro León:

  • Chez Checo, José, and Mu-Kien A. Sang. El tabaco: Historia general en República Dominicana. Volumen 1: Botánica, Usos, y Comercio. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2007.
  • Chez Checo, José, and Mu-Kien A. Sang. El tabaco: Historia general en República Dominicana. Volumen 2: Renacimiento y Expansión. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2007.
  • Chez Checo, José, and Mu-Kien A. Sang. El tabaco: Historia general en República Dominicana Volumen 3: Consolidación y Crisis. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2007.
  • Miller, Jeannette. Historia de la fotografía dominicana. Volumen 1. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Grupo León Jimenes, 2010.
  • Miller, Jeannette. Historia de la fotografía dominicana. Volumen 2. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Grupo León Jimenes, 2010.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 1: Región norte. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 2: Región sur. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 3: Región este. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989.) Volumen 4: Flora/Fauna. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989.) Volumen 5: Dunas/Formaciones Geológicas Origrafía/Volcanes. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 6: Àmbar/Varios/Anexos. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • López Belando, Adolfo. La memoria de las rocas: Arte rupestre en la República Dominicana. Santiago de los Caballeros: Fundacioń Eduardo León Jimenes: Fundación García Arévalo, 2019.
  • Anuario 2020: La cultura sigue siendo esperanza. Santiago de los Caballeros: Fundacioń Eduardo León Jimenes, 2020.
  • León de Jorge, María Amalia, Lisa K. Erf, Yolanda Wood, Sara Hermann, Michèle Dalmace, Alanna Lockward, and Jorge Pineda. Trenzando una historia en curso: arte dominicano contemporáneo en el contexto del Caribe. Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, 2017.
  • Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, Marianne de Tolentino, Rafael Emilio Yunén, Karenia Guillarón, Sara Hermann, and José M. Fernández Pequeño. Colección Eduardo León Jimenes de Artes Visuales: estructura, contenido, proyección, trascendencia. Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, 2012.
  • XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes: catálogo de obras octubre 2014/ febrero 2015. Santiago de los Caballeros, Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, 2014.
  • Tejeda, Darío, and Rafael E. Yunén. El Jazz desde la perspectiva caribeña: Memorias Del Iv Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad Y Cultura En El Caribe. Santo Domingo: INEC, Instituto de Estudios Caribeños; Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro León; Santo Domingo: Ministerio de Cultura, 2012.
  • Tejeda, Darío, and Rafael E. Yunén. El bolero en la cultura caribeña y su proyección universal: Memorias del Iii Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad Y Cultura En El Caribe. Santo Domingo: INEC, Instituto de Estudios Caribeños; Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro León; Santo Domingo: Ministerio de Cultura, 2010. 
  • Tejeda, Darío, and Rafael E. Yunén. El folclore musical y danzario del caribe en tiempos de globalización: Memorias Del V Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad Y Cultura En El Caribe. Santo Domingo: INEC, Instituto de Estudios Caribeños; Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro León; Santo Domingo: Ministerio de Cultura, 2014. 
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The papers presented at the Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad y Cultura en el Caribe in 2013, 2011, and 2009 compiled and published in three separate books on jazz, bolero, and folklore.

Thank you once again to Centro León for their kind donation and for allowing us to share these publications with the many different communities we serve on campus and beyond.

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian 


Books That Matter: Jonathan De Oleo Ramos's Donation Celebrates Afro-Dominican Heritage

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From left to right: Professor Sarah Aponte, Jonathan De Oleo Ramos, and Librarian Jhensen Ortiz, May 17, 2024

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) Library is delighted to announce a generous book donation from our second threatened scholar, Jonathan De Oleo Ramos, who will join us as a resident in the summer of 2024. Jonathan, a distinguished social scientist, educator, cultural activist, and researcher, focuses on social justice and Afro-Dominican culture in the Dominican Republic. His donation includes a copy of his most recent publication, "Cofradías Dominicanas del Espíritu Santo," which explores the rich traditions of Dominican brotherhoods dedicated to the Holy Spirit. This work is a profound addition to our understanding of religious and cultural practices in the Dominican Republic.

The Donated Books

Jonathan's donation includes a rich array of works that provide valuable insights into Afro-Dominican culture and history:

  1. Boletín Museo del Hombre Dominicano, Boletín 30 año XXVIII-Núm. 30-2001.
  2. Boletín Museo del Hombre Dominicano, Boletín 32 año XXIX-Núm. 32-2002.
  3. León de la Barra, Pablo.Yaguate año 1. núm. 1-2023.
  4. León de la Barra, Pablo.Yaguate año 1. núm. 2-2023.
  5. Centro Cultural Banreservas, Reservas arte y cultura edición 4. Julio de 2023.
  6. De Oleo Ramos, Jonathan. Cofradías Dominicanas del Espíritu Santo. Platón Ediciones, 2023.
  7. Tavarez María, Clenis. Anamuya: Patrimonio aborigen del este de República Dominicana. Instituto Panamericano de geografia e historia seccion nacional de dominicana, 2023.
  8. Ministerio de cultura, etc. Guía de los primeros ingenios de américa. Ministerio de cultura, 2024.
  9. Rosario, Reina. Raíces de la identidad dominicana. Ediciones CP, 2016.
  10. Rosenberg, June C. El Gagá: religión y sociedad de un culto dominicano: un estudio comparativo. Comisión Nacional Dominicana, 2021.
  11. Ávila Suero, Víctor. Comisarios, toros y peregrinos hacia los santuarios del este. Instituto Panamericano de geografía e historia sección nacional de dominicana, 2014.
  12. Santana, Josué and Edis Sánchez. La música folclórica dominicana. Instituto Panamericano de geografía e historia sección nacional de dominicana, 2022.
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Jonathan De Oleo Ramos holding a copy of his book Cofradías Dominicanas del Espíritu Santo, May 17, 2024

Upcoming Course on Afro-Dominican Culture

In addition to his literary contributions, Jonathan will co-teach a pioneering undergraduate course titled "El Gagá: An Exploration of Afro-Dominican Culture" from June 3 to 28 at The City College of New York. This hybrid class offers a unique opportunity to learn about vibrant Afro-Dominican cultural and religious practices. To learn more click here.

Welcoming Jonathan De Oleo Ramos

We are honored to welcome Jonathan to CUNY DSI and are grateful for his generous donation. These books will serve as valuable resources for students, researchers, and anyone interested in studying and understanding the rich and complex heritage of the Dominican Republic, particularly its Afro-Dominican communities. Jonathan's residency and contributions will undoubtedly enrich our community and further our mission to promote understanding of Dominican heritage.

Stay tuned for more information on our resources and exciting donations for the remainder of the year.

By Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian


A Gift of Legacy: Julia Álvarez's Donation of a Rare Second Edition of Poesías by Salomé Ureña

Welcome to our first blog post of 2024, where we celebrate a heartwarming act of generosity by acclaimed Dominican-American author Julia Álvarez. Álvarez, known for her captivating storytelling and insightful exploration of the country’s historical and cultural themes, recently donated a rare second edition copy of Poesías by Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (1850-97) poet and educator to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) Library, enriching its collection and honoring the legacy of Dominican literature.

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Ureña de Henríquez, Salomé. Poesías. Madrid: Tipográfica “Europa,” 1920.

Donating a rare second edition copy of Poesías holds significant meaning for Álvarez. She received this precious volume as a gift from the renowned Cuban intellectual and literary critic Ricardo Repilado (1916-2003) during her visit to Cuba in 1997. This personal connection speaks to the bonds that transcend geographical and cultural boundaries and reflects the interconnectedness of the literary world[1].

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Julia Álvarez with Cuban intellectual and literary critic Ricardo Repilado (1916-2003) who gifted her his copy of Salomé Ureña’s collection of poetry. Photo taken by her husband in Santiago de Cuba, circa 1997.

The donation of Poesías is not just a literary contribution, but also a personal testament to the profound impact of Salomé Ureña's work on Álvarez. This second edition serves as a reference and inspiration for her novel In the Name of Salomé, published in 2002. In this masterful blend of historical fiction and poetic imagination, Álvarez brings to life the captivating story of Salomé Ureña and her daughter Camila Henríquez Ureña (1894-1973), who grew up in exile.

Inside the book, Álvarez preserved a republished magazine cutout featuring Salomé’s poignant poem "Umbral (A mi esposo)" alongside four original stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of Salomé's death in 1997. This act not only enriches the library's collection but also adds layers of personal and historical connection to the literary artifact.

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Republished magazine cut out of Salome’s poem Umbral (A mi eposo) originally written in April of 1894[1].

 

[1] Ureña de Henríquez, Salomé. Poesías Completas. Santo Domingo: Secretaría de Estado de Educación, Bellas Artes y Cultos, 1975, 185, https://issuu.com/librosdominicanosenpdf/docs/salom__ure_a_de_henr_quez_-_poes_as

. Accessed 19 April 2024.

      

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Commemorative stamp to honor 100th year anniversary of Salomé Ureña’s death on March 6, 1997 issued by Instituto Postal Dominicano[1].

 

[1] "Centenario muerte Salomé Ureña." Sellos Dominicanos, March of 1997, https://sellosdominicanos.blogspot.com/1997/03/centenario-muerte-salome-urena.html

 .Accessed 19 April 2024. 

Álvarez's donation not only honors Salomé's legacy but also symbolizes the cyclical nature of literary inspiration. Just as Ureña's poetry influenced Álvarez's novel, this rare edition of her work will inspire future generations of scholars, writers, and readers at the CUNY DSI Library. 

Thank you again, Julia, for your donation and for reminding us of the power of literature to connect us across time and space.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates and donations in our upcoming blog posts. Happy reading, and may your literary journeys be filled with discovery and inspiration!

By Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian

 

[1] This edition of Salomé verses was published in 1920. It has a prologue, without signature, written by her son, Dr. Pedro Henríquez Ureña. It omits the poem “Anacaona” and nine compositions from the 1880 first edition. See Silveria R. de Rodríguez Demorizi. Salomé Ureña de Henríquez. Buenos Aires: Imprenta López, 1944, 9,

 http://www.cielonaranja.com/salome-bio.pdf. Accessed 19 April 2024.


Professor Emeritus Michiel Baud donates rare and valuable book collection to the library

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The most recent contribution to the library significantly broadens and enhances our understanding of the Dominican Republic's history and society throughout various periods.  

Prof. Michiel Baud, a retired faculty member of the Department of Latin American Studies at the University of Amsterdam and former Director of CEDLA (Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation) from 2000 until 2018, his research focused on the Dominican Republic, southern Ecuador, and northern Brazil.

Dr. Baud obtained the books from the private collection of his PhD mentor, Harry Hoetink (1931-2005), an influential figure among the initial cohort of post-World War II scholars. Hoetink was instrumental in redefining perceptions of race and color within the broader Caribbean context[1]. Hoetnik is remembered for his seminal work The Dominican People 1850-1900: Notes for a Historical Sociology, initially published in Spanish in 1971[2]. Additionally, Hoetink was married to Ligial Espinal, the daughter of Andrés Julio Espinal, who served as the ambassador/consul of the Dominican Republic in Curaçao during the Trujillo era. Ligial's connections facilitated Hoetink's introduction to Dominican society and enriched his research on the Dominican Republic[3]

The following is a list of donated books from the collection:

  1. Al amor del bohio: tradiciones y costumbres dominicanas, tomo 1" (V. Montalvo, 1927)
  2. "Al amor del bohio: tradiciones y costumbres dominicanas, tomo 2" (Editora La Información, 1929)
  3. "Estados Unidos y las Antillas" (Compañía ibero-americana de publicaciones, 1931)
  4. "Camino real, cuentos" (Imprenta. "El progreso," R.A. Ramos, 1933)
  5. "Episodios dominicanos: la independencia efímera" (Fernand Sarlot, 1938)
  6. "Cosas anejas; tradiciones y episodios dominicano" (Ciudad Trujillo, 1951)
  7. "El tratado de Basilea y la desnacionalización del Santo Domingo Español" (Ciudad Trujillo, 1952)
  8. "La canción folklórica en Santo Domingo" (Sociedad Folklórica Dominicana, 1958)
  9. "Trujillo: causas de una tiranía sin ejemplo" (Libreria Las Novedades, 1959)
  10. "Santiago: Quien te vio y quien te ve" (Impresora commercial, 1961)
  11. "Del Puerto Plata de ayer" (Editora del Caribe, 1963)
  12. "Crisis de la democracia de América en la República Dominicana" (Centro de Estudios y Documentación Sociales, A.C., 1964)
  13. "La Misericordia y sus contornos, 1894-1916" (Editorial Arte y Cine, 1967)
  14. "Hostos Y Su Ideal De Una Confederación Antillana" (Editora del Caribe, 1970)
  15. "Memorias para un capítulo de la historia domínico-haitiana una revolución frustrada y un presidente vitalicio" (Santo Domingo, 1976)
  16. "Encuentro en Santo Domingo" (Santo Domingo, 1980)

Additionally, Dr. Baud has donated the English-language version of his book Peasants and tobacco in the Dominican Republic, 1870-1930 (University of Tennessee Press, 1995) and Confianza: Governance and Trust in Latin America and the Netherlands (University of Amsterdam, CEDLA, 2018).

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Dr. Baud's authored books donated to the library.

This generous donation enriches CUNY DSI's collection of primary and secondary sources on the history and society of the Dominican Republic, bridging a notable gap in our collection. On behalf of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library, we eagerly anticipate the immense value this contribution will offer students, scholars, and the public interested in Dominican Studies for many years to come.

By Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian

 

[1] Oostindie, Gert. “IN MEMORY OF HARMANNUS HOETINK 1931-2005.” NWIG: New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, vol. 79, no. 1/2, 2005, pp. 5.

[2] Baud, Michiel. "Harry Hoetink, 1931-2005." Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, no. 78, 2005, pp. 6.

[3]Maingot, Anthony P. "Harry Hoetink, 1931-2005." The Journal of Caribbean History, vol. 39, no. 2, 2005, pp. 137-138.


Thank you to Dr. Kiwia Ojiri and colleagues for their visit and kind donation this month

 

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From left to right: Dr. Kiwia Ojiri, Dr. Pierre Losson, Dr. Tomoki Zozaki, and Dr. Yoshiaki Hisamatsu, September 7, 2023
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Yamaoka, Kanako. Haiti and the Dominican Republic: The Development of Two Caribbean Countries Coexisting on an Island. Institute of Developing Economies, 2018

Dr. Kiwia Ojiri and her colleagues joined Associate Director Dr. Pierre Losson at the CUNY Dominican Institute Archives and Library. They generously donated a Japanese-language publication that compares Haiti and the Dominican Republic during their visit.

By Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian 


Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés donates edited volume to the CUNY DSI library

We are grateful to Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés, Associate Provost and esteemed scholar who purchased and donated a copy of her book: Racialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean (SUNY Press, SUNY series, Afro-Latinx Futures 2020) to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library. 

Racialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean is the first volume in English to explore the cultural impact of Haiti on the surrounding Spanish-speaking nations of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Valdes book

To check Dr. Valdés's most recent project, please visit the exhibition: Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York City. To learn more about the exhibit, please click here

By Prof. Sarah Aponte and Librarian Jhensen Ortiz


Dr. Norma Fuentes-Mayorga donates latest publication to CUNY DSI Library

We would like to thank Dr. Norma Fuentes-Mayorga, Associate Professor in Sociology and Latin American and Latina/o Studies at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, The City College of New York for donating her recent publications to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library.

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Dr. Norma Fuentes-Mayorga signing a copy of her PhD dissertation for the library. 
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Prof. Sarah Aponte with Dr. Norma Fuentes-Mayorga holding a copy of her recent book and PhD dissertation on April 4, 2023.

We are grateful that Prof. Fuentes-Mayorga donated a copy of her PhD dissertation back in 2005 and has now signed and dedicated a copy of her recent book From Homemakers to Breadwinners to Community Leaders: Migrating Women, Class, and Color (Rutgers University Press, 2023) to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library.

In addition, she shared her recent article: "Migraciones sin hombres y en contextos racializados. Contribuciones de las mujeres
dominicanas migrantes a las comunidades de origen y de destino," Ronddhha (Revista del Centro Internacional para la Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, CIPDH-UNESCO), N0. 1, Vol. 1, Feb. 2023, 98-103. You can read the article by clicking here.

We are are grateful for her support!

By Prof. Sarah Aponte and Librarian Jhensen Ortiz


Thank you to Dr. Alsace for her recent book donation

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Dr. Tamara Alsace with the three publications she donated to the library.

Dr. Tamara Alsace generously donated the following rare and out of print publications to our CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library when visiting City College this Fall semester:

Patín Maceo, Manuel A. Dominicanismos. Ciudad Trujillo, R.D.: Librería Dominicana, 1947.

Valera Benítez, Rafael. ¡Complot Develado! Ciudad Trujillo, R.D.: Editora Hándicap, 1960.

Alsace Pacheco, Juan Arturo. Arturo Logroño un orador de América: selección de anécdotas personales, discursos conferencias y páginas selecta. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, s.n. 1987.

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We want to thank Dr. Alsace for her thoughtful donation and we look forward to sharing these sources with our library users.

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian


Renowned Ethnomusicologist and Jazz Musician Dr. Paul Austerlitz generously donates to our library!

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Professor and Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte, Dr. Paul Austerlitz, and Librarian Jhensen Ortiz receiving the donation on June 13, 2022.

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) Library is always happy to announce donations from patrons, professors, institutions, and colleagues who have supported our work over the years. To kick off the Fall semester, we are excited to share and thank our colleague Dr. Paul Austerlitz for donating part of his extensive collection of Dominican popular and folkloric music recordings of CDs, vinyl records, and audiocassettes to our library over the summer. Additionally, Dr. Austerlitz donated many rare and out-of-print books from his library that will help expand our collection in Dominican music literature and scholarship.

Moreover, in the last several weeks, we have begun sorting and organizing many items from this incredible donation. As a result, we’ve come across all sorts of unique materials in the collection, including a dedicated note and signature from legendary Dominican musician Félix del Rosario to Dr. Paul Austerlitz dated February 2, 1985:

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Dr. Paul Austerlitz holding Félix Del Rosario’s first self-titled LP released in 1964.

 

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Dedicated and signed by Félix Del Rosario to Dr. Paul Austerlitz.

This record will be a great addition to the library’s vinyl collection, as this is something we’ve been working on building over the last few years.

Dr. Paul Austerlitz Dominican Musicians Fieldwork Recordings, 1985-1996*

His donation also contains over 40 audiocassettes interviews conducted by Austerlitz while writing his dissertation/book: Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity. The collection is significant because among those interviewed are prominent musicians and artists, such as Joseíto Mateo, Tavito Vásquez, and Milly Quezada, and Dominican record executives, such as José Luis Santos, founder and owner of José Luis Records in the Dominican Republic. They recorded many popular recording artists like Fefita la Grande, Luis Segura, El Cieguito de Nagua, and Teodoro Reyes, to name a few.

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A snapshot of the many audiocassette interviews with renowned Dominican artists donated to the library.

Lastly, Dr. Austerlitz served as a humanities advisor from 2017-2020 for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) sponsored interactive website A History of Dominican Music in the United States and contributed significant work to the Institute as a visiting research scholar at CUNY DSI.

We are grateful to Dr. Austerlitz for such a sizable donation, as this will benefit researchers, scholars, students, and the public for years to come.

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian


Rare Dominican Stamp Collection donated to the CUNY DSI Library

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DSA member Ethan Srebnick with the stamp collection he donated to the CUNY DSI Library.

On March 2022, the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library received a unique stamp collection from Ethan Srebnick, a City College student and the Public Relations & Marketing Chair of the Dominican Students Association (DSA) on campus. Ethan participated in an educational workshop conducted by CUNY DSI’ Chief Librarian Prof. Sarah Aponte, and Librarian Jhensen Ortiz for the Dominican Students Association. He presented the rich stamp collection after the seminar concluded.

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Prof. Sarah Aponte viewing the stamp collection along with Ethan and other DSA members.

Ethan’s father shared a Fort Independence Neighborhood Association listing placed by an old couple giving away a stamp collection that had postages from around the world. Ethan was compelled to take this collection because a while ago, his great grandmother had shared with him her collection of stamps. Ethan generously donated the section with the stamps from the Dominican Republic to the Dominican Library helping us to continue our vital work to preserve and educate visitors on Dominican history and culture.

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The New Word Wide Postage Stamp Album originally published by Minkus Publications in 1953.

About the Dominican Stamp Collection

The impressive stamp collection is representative of the Trujillo Dictatorship (1930-1961) in the Dominican Republic, including symbols and images of Dominican cultural history such as flags, famous monuments, coats of arms, key national figures, natural landmarks, and government institutions, to name a few. The collection is characterized by significant elements of Dominican state iconography and Trujillo’s cult personality that demonstrates the propaganda value of postage stamps. In addition, these stamps can serve as an excellent primary source for the symbolic messages that overtly or subtly promote nationalism that governments seek to convey to their citizens and the world.

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A handful of the postage stamps donated from the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo Dictatorship. (Double click on the image to get a closer look)

The CUNY DSI Library is very fortunate to have our first stamp collection highlighting the historical and cultural value of the Dominican Republic during the oppressive Trujillo regime. Thanks again to Ethan Srebnick for donating this series of stamps to us. We look forward to sharing them with our patrons.

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian