Guide to the Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers
1924-1996
(Bulk 1960s-1994)



Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
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New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 772-5151
Fax: (212) 650-3628
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Soto Vélez, Clemente, 1905-1993.
Title: Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers
Dates: 1924-1996, (Bulk 1960s-1994)
Abstract: Ground-breaking poet and one of the most significant contemporary Puerto Rican writers. Founding member of a vanguard literary movement called Atalayismo. Contains information about literary and artistic trends among Puerto Ricans in New York and Puerto Rico. Is rich in content related to pro-independence topics, political movements and community development. Consists of published and unpublished manuscripts, notes and drafts, letters, poetry, manuscripts, biographies, interviews, speeches, and materials about cultural and political organizations.
Quantity: 9.55 cubic feet (21 boxes)
Call Phrase: 1999-03

Historical/Biographical Note

Clemente Soto Vélez was a ground-breaking poet and one of the most significant and revered contemporary Puerto Rican writers. He was a mentor to many of the young artists and writers of his time. As a young man in Puerto Rico, Soto Vélez was a founding member of a vanguard literary group called "El atalaya de los dioses" (The Watchtower of the Gods) (1929). The bold, young poets calling themselves Atalayistas or "El Grupo Atalaya" transformed the literary world of the 1930s in Puerto Rico. Soto Vélez' pro-independence views led him to membership in the Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico (The Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico) and in 1936 he was imprisoned along with Pedro Albizu Campos and other militants for their political activities. After his release from prison in 1942, he settled in New York City, where he quickly became involved in diverse cultural and business organizations. Over the years he was recognized as a major figure among Puerto Rican and Latin American literary circles in New York.

Born in 1905 in Lares, a town known for its rebellious spirit, Soto Vélez was orphaned when he was seven and taken in by his godfather, Francisco Marcano. As a boy he attended a primary school in the Lares countryside and also studied painting with Ildefonso Ruiz Vélez in Arecibo. At the age of thirteen, he went to live with his sister in San Juan and enrolled in the Ramírez Commercial School where he studied electrical engineering and business administration.

San Juan afforded the youthful Soto Vélez opportunities to participate in intellectual circles and gatherings at the Ateneo Puertorriqueño and the Carnegie Library where he met poets such as Alfredo Margenat and Pedro Carrasquillo. In 1928 he worked as a journalist and as editor in chief of the newspaper El Tiempo, but was dismissed for publishing an editorial against sugar company interests. Also in 1928, along with Margenat and Carrasquillo, he formed a literary group called "El hospital de los sensitivos," a name under which they published their new brand of poetry. They were joined by another young, talented poet Graciany Miranda Archilla and together with Fernando González Alberti, Luis Hernández Aquino, Samuel Lugo, Juan Calderón Escobar and Antonio Cruz Nieves, they founded the group "El Atalaya de los Dioses" which turned into an important literary movement known as "Atalayismo." Their aim, as proclaimed in published manifestos, was to break with existing literary traditions and be the vanguard of a new movement. This caused a great deal of controversy among other writers and intellectuals, but also gained the group an enthusiastic following. "El Grupo Atalaya" sought to connect the poetic/literary world with political action. Their emergence coincided with the rise of the Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico which advocated the overthrow of U.S. colonial rule in Puerto Rico. Subsequently, a number of the "atalayistas" were radicalized and joined the Nationalist Party.

Soto Vélez' was among those who became a militant member of the Partido Nacionalista and worked as an organizer for the Party in Caguas. He took part in an attempt to take over the capital building in San Juan in 1932, and in 1934 was arrested and jailed for helping to instigate and participating in a sugar workers' strike. In 1936, Soto Vélez and other Nationalist leaders were brought up on conspiracy charges and sentenced to seven years in prison. Soto Vélez was moved from La Princesa prison in San Juan to Atlanta, Georgia. He was given a conditional pardon in 1940 and returned to Puerto Rico where he was imprisoned once again for violating the conditions of his release. This time he was transferred to a prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where he served out the remaining two years of his sentence. While in prison he met Earl Browder, Secretary General of the Communist Party of the U.S.A., which Soto Vélez later joined in 1943. Soto Vélez was released in 1942, but because of the war and as a condition of his release, he was not permitted to return to Puerto Rico. Instead, he set up residence in New York City.

Once in New York he immersed himself in political activity. He got involved with the American Labor Party and Vito Marcantonio's political campaigns. His first job in the city was with the Spanish Grocer's Association, Inc., whose goals inspired him to found the Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc. which he directed through the 1970s. He was also a founder of the Club Cultural del Bronx and Casa Borinquen. As President of the Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos (CEPI-Circle of Ibero American Poets and Writers) and a member of the Instituto de Puerto Rico en Nueva York (Puerto Rican Institute of New York) he organized numerous literary and cultural events. Additionally, he pursued his interest in journalism working as an editor for Pueblos Hispanos in the 1940s and in the 1950s establishing a magazine titled La Voz de Puerto Rico en Estados Unidos.

Soto Vélez's early writings from 1928-1935 were published in newspapers and periodicals in Puerto Ricosuch as El Tiempo, PuertoRico Ilustrado, Alma Latina and Armas, which he founded and directed until 1936. He also contributed to El Nacionalista, the organ of the Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico. His first book, Escalio, a philosophical essay, was written in 1937 while he was incarcerated and published by friends. It was not until 1954 that his first book of poetry Abrazo Interno was published. This was followed by Arboles (1955), Caballo de Palo (1959) and La Tierra Prometida (1979) which are all long single poems. These works continued to explore the themes of rebellion and independence expressed in the early Atalayista writings. Soto Vélez is also known for experimenting with the spelling of the Spanish language in his writings, for example, exchanging the "c" for a "k". He was the winner of various poetry awards from the Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos and its yearly competitions.

It was in New York that Soto Vélez met the Argentine, Amanda Andrea Vélez who became his second wife. A member of a well- to- do family with a father who was a Spanish anarchist, she was a political activist in Argentina and was member of the Partido Socialista (of Argentina). She came to New York in 1964. Amanda played an extraordinary role in Soto Vélez's life, becoming deeply engaged in his work, urging him to write and promoting his work by organizing events on his behalf. She was often the sole breadwinner for the household working mostly as a housekeeper for wealthy Manhattan families. For many years their Upper East Side apartment was converted into a "salón" for the young poets, artists and intellectuals who revered Soto Vélez and sought him out for advice and inspiration. He was often invited to seminars and conferences throughout the city. During the 1980s, Soto Vélez and Amanda were frequent visitors to Puerto Rico where La Casa Aboy, run by Ramón Aboy became their headquarters. Amanda's dream was to create an institute dedicated to Soto Vélez in Puerto Rico. Although they moved there in hopes of bringing this to pass, they did not succeed. Soto Vélez died in Puerto Rico on April 15, 1993.

Clemente Soto Vélez's Papers are a treasure trove for literary scholars. They contain published and unpublished manuscripts, notes and drafts, and a great deal of information about literary and artistic trends among Puerto Ricans in New York and Puerto Rico. Additionally, the collection is rich in content related to pro-independence topics and movements and community development.

The papers complement other collections in the Centro Archives such as the papers of fellow poet and atalayista, Graciany Miranda Archilla and author Diana Ramírez de Arellano whose papers document the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York.

Sources:

Costa, Marithelma and Alvin Joaquín Figueroa, 1990. Kaligrafiando: conversaciones con Clemente Soto Vélez.

Kanellos, Nicolás. 1989. Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Literature in the United States: The Literature of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Other Hispanic Writers. CT: Greenwood.

Olmo Olmo, José. 1986. "Klemente Soto Vélez", P.E.N. Club de Puerto Rico-Boletín Informativo. Año IV, Num. 3 (March-April) pp. 5-9.


Scope and Content Note

This is a rich collection for examining the life and work of Clemente Soto Vélez, the cultural life and intellectual pursuits of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York and for the information it contains on literary circles and contemporary writers who were influenced by Soto Vélez such as Victor Fernández Fragoso and Martín Espada. The documents are a valuable source for research on the avant-garde Atalayismo movement and the literary history of Puerto Rico, as well as on Hispanic American literature in the United States, and various New York organizations. There is also information on the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico and pro-independence politics.

Although the materials largely reflect the life and writings of Clemente Soto Vélez, there are also documents pertaining to his wife, Amanda Vélez and his son, Clemente Soto, Jr.

The types of documents included are personal letters, poetry, manuscripts, biographies, interviews, speeches, and materials about cultural and political organizations. The folders are arranged alphabetically and the documents in chronological order with some exceptions.


Arrangement

The folders are arranged alphabetically and the documents in chronological order with some exceptions.
The collection is divided into 11 series:
I. Biographical and Personal Information
II. Correspondence
III. Writings
IV. Organizations
V. Subject Files
VI. Clippings
VII. Periodicals
VIII. Photographs
IX. Art
X. Audiovisual Materials
XI. Artifacts


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions. Copyright remains with Ana Eloísa Soto Canino.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 772-5151
Fax: (212) 650-3628
E-mail: dhernand@hunter.cuny.edu


Access Points

Subject Names:
Aboy, Ramon.
Carrasquillo, Pedro, 1910-1963.
Corretjer, Juan Antonio, 1908-1985.
Espada, Martín, 1957-
Fragoso, Victor, 1944-1984.
Margenat, Alfredo.
Miranda Archilla, Graciany 1908-1991.
Osorio, Pepón, 1955-
Soto Vélez, Clemente, 1905-1993.
Soto, Clemente Jr.
Soto, Merian
Vélez, Amanda Andrea, 1918-
Subject Organizations:
Atalaya de los Dioses.
Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York.
Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos de Nueva York.
Partido Nacionalista (Puerto Rico)
Pepatian (Dance company)
Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc.
Spanish Grocers Association.
Subject Topics:
Arts, Puerto Rican -- New York (State) -- New York.
Atalayismo.
Authors, Puerto Rican.
Hispanic American authors.
Hispanic American business enterprises.
Hispanic American literature (Spanish).
Nationalists -- Puerto Rico.
Political prisoners -- Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican literature.
Puerto Rican poetry.
Puerto Ricans in New York (City).
Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject Places:
Puerto Rico -- Poetry.
Puerto Rico -- Politics and government.
Document Types:
Audiotapes.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Manuscripts (for publication).
Videotapes.
Other Names:
Vélez, Amanda Andrea, 1918-


Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Ana Eloísa Soto Canino

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers; 1999-03; box number; folder number;
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Archives, Hunter College, CUNY

Processing Information

Processed with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding was also provided by a congressional directed initiative sponsored by Congressman José Serrano and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Other Finding Aid

Guide to the Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez papers available in Spanish: Spanish Version


Container List

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]

 

Series I: Biographical and Personal Information (1928-1995)

Scope and Content:

The documents represent different aspects of the personal lives of Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez. Included here are financial statements, legal papers, medical information, interviews, articles and drawings. Of great significance is an interview by Luis A. Ferrao which provides insight into the person of Soto Vélez.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1-2 Address Books undated
1 3 Agendas 1986-1990
1 4 Airline Tickets undated, 1982-1994
1 5 Awards 1954-1982
1 6 Biographies undated, 1993
1 7 Business Cards undated
1 8 Calendars 1986-1992
1 9 Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center undated
1 10 Contracts 1954-1988
1 11 Datos Para la Resolución Conjunta Asignando Fondos Para la Celebración del Octagésimo Cumpleaños del Poeta Clemente Soto Vélez undated
1 12 Drawings undated, 1989
1 13 English Notebook undated
1 14 Ephemera undated
Box Folder Title Date
2 1-2 Financial Statements undated, 1953-1995
2 3 First Symposium on Caribbean Series: Clemente Soto Vélez undated, 1982-1984
2 4 Identifications undated, 1964-1988
2 5 Interviews undated, 1985
2 6 Legal Documents 1986
2 7 Medical Records undated, 1987-1994
2 8 Postcard Collection-Amanda Vélez undated, 1928-1980
2 9 Receipts 1973-1989
2 10 Soto, María Del Carmen undated, 1989
2 11 Soto, Clemente, Jr. undated, 1968-1975
2 12 Tributes to Clemente Soto Vélez undated, 1983-1995
2 13 Vélez, Amanda undated, 1964-1992

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Series II: Correspondence (1929-1995)

Scope and Content:

The correspondence is divided into incoming and outgoing. Many of the letters are invitations from students and friends from the literary and art world. Among the correspondents are Iván Silén, Juan Antonio Corretjer, Felipe N. Torres, Dolores Prida, Martín Espada and Sandra María Esteves.

Box Folder Title Date
3 1-2 Greeting Cards undated, 1963-1994
3 3 Greeting Cards To Amanda Vélez undated, 1982-1986
3 4-6 Incoming undated, 1954-Sep-83
Box Folder Title Date
4 1-2 Incoming, October 1983-1993
4 3-4 Incoming to Amanda Vélez undated, 1963-1995
4 5 Invitations undated, 1971-1989
4 6 Outgoing undated, 1966-1992
4 7 Outgoing from Amanda Vélez undated, 1973-1994
4 8 Postcards undated, 1929-1992
4 9 Postcards to Amanda Vélez undated, 1963-1995
4 10 Telegrams undated

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Series III: Writings (1924-1994)

Scope and Content:

This important series contains original manuscripts or copies of Soto Vélez’ works some of which remain unpublished. The writings represent various genres primarily poetry and essays. Among the published titles are Escalio, La tierra prometida, Arboles, Caballo de palo and Abrazo interno. Three of the works also appear in English (Abrazo interno/Internal Embrace, La tierra prometida/The Promised Land and La sangre que sigue cantando/The Blood That Keeps Singing). There is one folder with materials which includes criticism and analysis of Soto Vélez’ works. Also included is a speech by Soto Vélez given at the Encuentro de Intellectuales en la Habana, Cuba in September, 1981 (Meeting of Intellectuals in Havana, Cuba). Several folders represent works by Clemente Soto, Jr.

Box Folder Title Date
5 1 Abrazo interno/Inner Embrace undated
5 2 Árboles undated, 1989
5 3 Articles by Clemente Soto Vélez 1968-1993
5 4 Caballo de palo undated
5 5 Diary 1974
5 6 Escalio undated, 1936-1937
5 7 Essays undated, 1977
5 8 General undated
Box Folder Title Date
6 1-2 General 1931-1989
6 3 Lyrics undated
6 4 Notes undated, 1969-1976
6 5 Notebooks undated
6 6 Pensamiento religioso de Amado Nervo undated
6 7-8 Poetry by Clemente Soto Vélez undated
Box Folder Title Date
7 1 Poetry by Clemente Soto Vélez 1943-1990
7 2 Poetry Readings and Presentations by Clemente Soto Vélez undated, 1978-1991
7 3-7 Poetry-Various Authors undated, 1924-1991
Box Folder Title Date
8 1 La sangre que sigue cantando/The Blood That Keeps Singing undated, Jul 1991
8 2 Screenplays undated, 1979
8 3-7 Soto, Clemente, Jr undated, 1976
8 8 Speeches undated, 1981
Box Folder Title Date
9 1-3 La tierra prometida undated
9 4 La tierra prometida/The Promised Land undated
9 5 La tierra prometida/The Promised Land, Part I undated
9 6 La verdad desnuda 1956
9 7 Writings About Clemente Soto Vélez undated, 1958-1994

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Series IV: Organizations (1946-1995)

Scope and Content:

This is an important series for understanding Soto Vélez’ impact on the literary and cultural activities of Latinos in New York. There are, for example, materials about conferences, exhibitions and performances inspired by Soto Vélez’ works.

In addition to the insight provided on literary and cultural groups, there are materials about business, political, and educational organizations. Among the literary groups are Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York, and the Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos (CEPI) in both of which Soto Vélez played an active role. Other major cultural institutions included are El Museo del Barrio, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Pepatián collective which produced a theatrical piece based on the book, Escalio. There are folders with information on the Spanish Grocers Association and the Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc., which are useful for examining how Latinos united to promote business interests. Political organizations such as the Partido Socialista Puertorriqueño and its precursor, the Movimiento Pro Independencia de Puerto Rico, are also represented among the files.

Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Alianza Hispana undated, 1985-1987
10 2 Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York 1963-1966
10 3 Ballet Hispánico School of Dance 1992-1993
10 4 Boricua College 1974-1986
10 5 Bronx Museum of the Arts undated, 1979-1991
10 6 Caravan House undated, 1966-1968
10 7 Casa Aboy undated, 1976-1994
10 8 Casa de las Américas 1982-1991
10 9 Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño/Puerto Rican Cultural Center 1974
10 10 Centro De Promoción y Estudio de “ Las Matemáticas Naturales ” de la Naturaleza y las Ciencias del Universo undated
10 11 Centro Puertorriqueño de las Artes undated
10 12 Círculo de Cultura Cubana undated, 1981-1984
10 13-14 Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos de Nueva York (C.E.P.I.) undated, 1950-1988
10 15 Club de Poetas de Jerusalem undated
10 16 Comité Amigos-Irvin Flores Rodríguez 1993
10 17 Impresora Nacional, Inc. 1973
10 18 Instituto de Puerto Rico 1966-1984
10 19 Movimiento Pro Independencia de Puerto Rico undated
10 20 Movimiento Socialista Popular undated
Box Folder Title Date
11 1 Museo del Barrio undated, 1976-1995
11 2 Neighborhood Youth Corp 1977
11 3 Partido Socialista Puertorriqueño undated
11 4 P.E.N. Club de Puerto Rico undated, 1981-1992
11 5 Pepatián Collective-Escalio Performance undated, 1970-1992
11 6 Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center undated, 1983-1991
11 7 Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc. undated, 1946-1965
Box Folder Title Date
12 1 Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc. 1966-1970
12 2 Puerto Rican Traveling Theater undated
12 3 Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueños 1970
12 4 Spanish Grocers Association, Inc. 1965
12 5 Taller de Arte y Cultura/Puerto Rican Heritage and Culture undated
12 6 Taller Racata undated
12 7 Teatro 4 undated
12 8 Unión Estudiantil Pedro Albizu Campos undated, 1972-1973
12 9 Various undated, 1971-1993
Box Folder Title Date
Oversize_IV 1 4th National Latino Film & Video Festival 84 1984
Oversize_IV 2 The Bronx Council on the Arts and Hostos Culture & Arts Program present Literarias 1990-Readings of Works by Latino Writers 1990
Oversize_IV 3 Carteles Para El Museo 1982
Oversize_IV 4 El Ibero América Unida 1985
Oversize_IV 5 Latin American Women Artists Series 1982-83 1983
Oversize_IV 6 Proclamación de la República 1968

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Series V: Subject Files (1930-1996)

Scope and Content:

This series mostly centers on the cultural activities and experiences of Puerto Ricans and Latinos in New York. It is significant for documenting Soto Vélez’ connections to various political groups, his support for and participation in diverse cultural programs, and his support and mentorship of young artists. There is information about emerging poets and playwrights such as Víctor Fernández Fragoso and Martín Espada, as well as renowned poet, Julia de Burgos.

Box Folder Title Date
12 10 Alicea, Mercedes-Lyric Soprano undated, 1977
12 11 Art undated, 1979
12 12 Atalayismo undated, 1930-1994
12 13 Cartas a Roosevelt sobre Puerto Rico-Palacios, Alfredo L. 1943
12 14 Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños undated, 1984-1986
12 15 City University of New York 1972-1995
12 16 Clandestine Armed Movements 1979
12 17 Conferences undated, 1982-1986
12 18 Conferencia Internacional de Solidaridad con la Independencia de Puerto Rico 1979
12 19 Cuba 1978
12 20 Dance and Popular Culture undated
12 21 De Burgos, Julia 1981-1984
12 22 Ediciones Vitral 1983
12 23 Espada, Martín undated
Box Folder Title Date
13 1-2 Event Programs undated, 1960-1995
13 3 Exhibits undated, 1964-1993
13 4 Fernández Fragoso, Víctor 1976-1982
13 5 Festival Latino en New York undated, 1984-1987
13 6 Films undated
13 7 Flyers undated, 1961-1994
Box Folder Title Date
14 1 Fox, Terry-Iroquois Brands, LTD undated, 1964-1989
14 2 Hostos Community College undated, 1970-1996
14 3 Images and Identities: Art and Artists of Puerto Rican Heritage undated
14 4 Images and Identities: The Puerto Rican in Literature undated, 1983
14 5 Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña undated, 1967-1994
14 6 Latin American Writers and Literature undated, 1974-1987
14 7 Latin American Youth Orchestra 1980
14 8 La Línea Quebrada/The Broken Line 1987
14 9 LPR Records undated
14 10 Marcantonio, Vito – Congressman 1982
14 11 Marqués, René undated
14 12 Migración Puertorriqueña: Un Informe Preliminar 1972
14 13 Movimiento Pro Independencia de Puerto Rico undated
14 14 Musical Scores undated
14 15 Oller, Francisco undated
14 16 Pinera, Humberto undated
14 17 Plays undated, 1971-1995
14 18 Poesía Comunal undated
14 19 Poetry Readings 1967
Box Folder Title Date
15 1-2 Political Materials undated, 1931-1993
15 3 Puerto Rican Day Parade 1981
15 4 Puerto Rican History and Culture undated, 1936-1981
15 5 Puerto Rican Week Festival-Philadelphia 1990
15 6 Puerto Rican Writers 1982
15 7 Puerto Ricans in the United States undated
15 8 Puerto Rico-General undated
15 9 References undated, 1963-1976
15 10 Resumes and Biographies undated
15 11 Rhoads, Cornelius and Rockefeller Foundation – Murder Case in Puerto Rico undated, 1981-1982
15 12 Rodríguez Nietzche, Vicente 1973
15 13 Romero Barceló, Carlos 1993
15 14 Seda Bonilla, Eduardo-Black and Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College 1971
15 15 Seek Program undated, 1969-1973
15 16 Singerman, Berta 1976
15 17 Stickers 1966-1984
15 18 The Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights 1954
15 19 Thomas, Piri undated
15 20 Universidad de Puerto Rico undated, 1985-1993
Box Folder Title Date
Oversize_V 1 Bayoán: Quest for an Antillean Identity 1991
Oversize_V 2 Café Teatro, Fall Calendar 1992 1992
Oversize_V 3 Clemente Soto Vélez 1984
Oversize_V 4 Clemente Soto Vélez (En Rojo) 1981
Oversize_V 5 Dance Theater Workshop & Pepatián 1990
Oversize_V 6 El Desfile y el momento histórico (La Prensa) 1993
Oversize_V 7 Guajana-Gráfica y Poesía 1979
Oversize_V 8 Instituto de Cultura Puertoriqueña (El Mundo) undated
Oversize_V 9 Julio Mes de Julia undated
Oversize_V 10 Loas-Antonio L. Díaz-Royo undated
Oversize_V 11 North-South Counterpoint: Clemente Soto Vélez Soldier of the Caribbean Diaspora 1992
Oversize_V 12 Los Nuevos Cemíes 1987
Oversize_V 13 Perla del Caribe-Danza Para Canto y Piano undated
Oversize_V 14 Por Dentro-El Sueño de un fotógrafo, October 3 1976
Oversize_V 15 Poemas de Luis Cartana (En Rojo) 1977
Oversize_V 16 Poemas de Orlando José Hernández (En Rojo) 1979
Oversize_V 17 Poesía con Tempo 1990
Oversize_V 18 La Primera Conferencia de Poetas y Escritores Puertorriqueños en Nueva York/The First Conference of Puerto Rican Poets and Writers in New York 1988
Oversize_V 19 Puerto Rican History Week undated
Oversize_V 20 Puerto Rico: Prehistoria Erótica-Carlos Sueños undated
Oversize_V 21 Salmos: Versos de Ernesto Cardenal/Grabados de Antonio Martorell, Almanaque 1980 1980
Oversize_V 22 Saludos y Bienvenida a Clemente Soto Vélez y su Compañera 1981
Oversize_V 23 Serie Literatura Hoy 1976-1977
Oversize_V 23~ SLUSA-Spanish Literature in the USA undated
Oversize_V 24 Teatro “LA TEA” Theater undated
Oversize_V 24~ Vista del Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico undated

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Series VI: Clippings (1937-1995)

Scope and Content:

Most of the materials report Soto Vélez’ activities such as participation in conferences and poetry readings. There is also information about tributes to him. One folder contains clippings about general events in the Latino community of New York.

Box Folder Title Date
16 1 General undated, 1965-1993
16 2-4 Soto Vélez, Clemente undated, 1937-1995

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Series VII: Periodicals (1874-1989)

Scope and Content:

Most of the items in this series consist of the newsletters, journals and magazine of various literary organizations. Additionally, there is a local newspaper from Newark, New Jersey.

Box Folder Title Date
16 5 Newsletters, B-S 1976-1989
16 6 Periodicals, G-V 1874-1988, undated
16 7 Semilla-Newark, N.J. (Newspaper) 1984

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Series VIII: Photographs (1960-1995)

Scope and Content:

Instances in the public or personal lives of Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez are the focus of the series.

Box Folder Title Date
17 1 Events undated, 1966-1983
17 2 Family undated, 1979-1995
17 3 Funeral 1995
17 4 General undated, 1976-1984
17 5-6 Group Photos undated, 1960-1989
17 7 Negatives undated
17 8 Political Figures undated
17 9 Soto Vélez, Clemente undated, 1979-1990
17 10 Vélez, Amanda undated, 1967-1995
Box Folder Title Date
Oversize_VIII 1 Annual Dinner Dance Committee for the Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. 1964
Oversize_VIII 2 Annual Dinner Dance, The Voter’s Club, Inc. 1966
Oversize_VIII 3 Graduation Exercises Puerto Rican Community Development Project, Inc. 1967
Oversize_VIII 4 Idem..-Photo B 1967
Oversize_VIII 5 Homenaje para Puertorriqueños Prominentes 1967
Oversize_VIII 6 The Paul R. Screvane Testimonial Dinner, Tendered by The Voters Club, Inc. 1964
Oversize_VIII 7 Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc. Banquet and Ball 1963
Oversize_VIII 8 2nd Annual Kinas County Dinner Dance Puerto Rican Leadership Conference 1970
Oversize_VIII 9 17th Anniversary Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc. and 26th Anniversary Spanish Grocers Association, Inc. 1963
Oversize_VIII 10 Sixth Annual Dinner The Voter’s Club, Inc. 1967
Oversize_VIII 11 Sociedad Española de Socorros Mutuos "La Nacional" Baile de Coronación 1964
Oversize_VIII 12 Testimonial Dinner for Honorable Manuel Diaz, Jr. 1966
Oversize_VIII 13 25th Anniversary Banquet Spanish Grocers Association of the Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc. 1962
Oversize_VIII 14 The Voters Club, Inc. Testimonial Dinner in Honor of Hon. Robert Wagner 1963
Oversize_VIII 15 The Voters Club, Inc. Testimonial Dinner 1965
Oversize_VIII 16 Clemente Soto Vélez portrait by unknown photographer 1986
Oversize_VIII 17 Clemente Soto Vélez portrait by Farrique Pesquera 1987
Oversize_VIII 18 Clemente Soto Vélez, portrait by Coqui Santaliz 1985

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Series IX: Art (1959-1994)

Scope and Content:

The art in this series represents the work of artists such as: Jorge Soto, Elizam Escobar, Gilberto Hernández, Vilma Maldonado Reyes, Carlos Osorio and Fernando Salicrup. Soto Vélez and his wife Amanda are subjects of a number of the pieces and all of the works were gifts of the artist. The majority of the items are posters, but the series also includes paintings, lithographs and other forms.

Box Folder Title Date
1-79 Artwork - General undated, 1959-1994

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Series X: Audiovisual Materials (1956-1987)

Scope and Content:

Comprised of video and audio tapes, this series contains interviews and conversations with Soto Vélez as well as readings by him. There are, for example, a conversation between Soto Vélez and fellow atalayista Graciany Miranda Archilla, and a talk by Soto Vélez on “Atalayismo.” Also of interest is a recording of Arboles put to music by renowned artists Roy Brown, the Puerto Rican protest singer and the Cuban, Silvio Rodríguez.

Box Item Title Date
18 1 Escalio Pepatián undated
   

videotapes

18 2 Extracts from Escalio undated
   

videotapes

18 3-4 Interviews and Conversations undated, 1984
   

videotapes

18 5 Primer Simposio de Estudios del Caribe: Clemente Soto Vélez 1984
   

videotapes

Box Item Title Date
19 1-31 General undated, 1977-1987
   

Audiotapes

Box Item Title Date
20 1-29 Reel to Reel Audio Recordings undated, 1956-1977
   

Audiotapes


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Series XI: Artifacts (1974-1979)

Scope and Content:

This contains a satchel given to Soto Vélez by the Comité Mexicano de Apoyo de la Conferencia Internacional de Solidaridad con la Independencia de Puerto Rico.

Box Item Title Date
21 1 Conferencia Internacional de Solidaridad con la Independencia de Puerto Rico-Comité Mexicano de Apoyo 1979
21 2 Plaque Presented to Clemente Soto Vélez by Asociación Cívica Lareña 1974
21 3 Plaque Presented to Clemente Soto Vélez by Asociación Adelante Estudiantes Latinos. State University College, Buffalo, N.Y. 1978

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