Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez PapersHeld by the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
The collection is divided into the following series:
I. Biographical and Personal Information
V. Subject Files
X. Audiovisual Materials
The folders are arranged alphabetically and the documents in chronological order with some exceptions.
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 Rico such as El Tiempo, Puerto Rico 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.
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.
Related InformationThe 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.
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The Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers, Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY.
Processed by Ismael García with the assistance of Izzy De Moya, Damary González, Thencasti Paulino, Mario H. Ramírez, March 2003. Guide reviewed and actualized in 2005 by Pedro Juan Hernández and Nélida Pérez.
Gift of Ana Eloísa Soto Canino
Fragoso, Victor, 1944-1984
Vélez, Amanda Andrea, 1918-
Carrasquillo, Pedro, 1910-1963
Soto Vélez, Clemente, 1905-1993
Osorio, Pepón, 1955-
Corretjer, Juan Antonio
Espada, Martín, 1957-
Soto, Clemente, Jr.
Atalaya de los Dioses
Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc.
Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos de Nueva York
Partido Nacionalista (Puerto Rico)
Pepatián (Dance company)
Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York
Spanish Grocers Association
Puerto Rico--Politics and government
Hispanic American authors
American literature--Hispanic American authors
Authors, Puerto Rican
Hispanic American literature (Spanish)
Puerto Ricans--New York (State)--New York
Puerto Rican literature
Atalayismo (Literary movement)
Arts and Culture
Manuscripts (for publication)
Note: These records are held by the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
|Series I: Biographical and Personal Information|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated, 1982-1994||Airline Tickets||1||4|
|undated||Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center||1||9|
|undated||Datos Para la Resolución Conjunta Asignando Fondos Para la Celebración del Octagésimo Cumpleaños del Poeta Clemente Soto Vélez||1||11|
|undated, 1953-1995||Financial Statements||2||1|
|undated, 1953-1995||Financial Statements||2||2|
|undated, 1982-1984||First Symposium on Caribbean Series: Clemente Soto Vélez||2||3|
|undated, 1987-1994||Medical Records||2||7|
|undated, 1928-1980||Postcard Collection-Amanda Vélez||2||8|
|undated, 1989||Soto, María Del Carmen||2||10|
|undated, 1968-1975||Soto, Clemente, Jr.||2||11|
|undated, 1983-1995||Tributes to Clemente Soto Vélez||2||12|
|undated, 1964-1992||Vélez, Amanda||2||13|
|Series II: Correspondence|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated, 1963-1994||Greeting Cards||3||1|
|undated, 1963-1994||Greeting Cards||3||2|
|undated, 1982-1986||Greeting Cards To Amanda Vélez||3||3|
|undated, 1954-1983 September||Incoming||3||4|
|undated, 1954-1983 September||Incoming||3||5|
|undated, 1954-1983 September||Incoming||3||6|
|undated, 1963-1995||Incoming to Amanda Vélez||4||3|
|undated, 1963-1995||Incoming to Amanda Vélez||4||4|
|undated, 1973-1994||Outgoing from Amanda Vélez||4||7|
|undated, 1963-1995||Postcards to Amanda Vélez||4||9|
|Series III: Writings|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated||Abrazo interno/Inner Embrace||5||1|
|1968-1993||Articles by Clemente Soto Vélez||5||3|
|undated||Caballo de palo||5||4|
|undated||Pensamiento religioso de Amado Nervo||6||6|
|undated||Poetry by Clemente Soto Vélez||6||7|
|undated||Poetry by Clemente Soto Vélez||6||8|
|1943-1990||Poetry by Clemente Soto Vélez||7||1|
|undated, 1978-1991||Poetry Readings and Presentations by Clemente Soto Vélez||7||2|
|undated, 1924-1991||Poetry-Various Authors||7||3|
|undated, 1924-1991||Poetry-Various Authors||7||4|
|undated, 1924-1991||Poetry-Various Authors||7||5|
|undated, 1924-1991||Poetry-Various Authors||7||6|
|undated, 1924-1991||Poetry-Various Authors||7||7|
|undated, 1991 July||La sangre que sigue cantando/The Blood That Keeps Singing||8||1|
|undated, 1976||Soto, Clemente, Jr.||8||3|
|undated, 1976||Soto, Clemente, Jr.||8||4|
|undated, 1976||Soto, Clemente, Jr.||8||5|
|undated, 1976||Soto, Clemente, Jr.||8||6|
|undated, 1976||Soto, Clemente, Jr.||8||7|
|undated||La tierra prometida||9||1|
|undated||La tierra prometida||9||2|
|undated||La tierra prometida||9||3|
|undated||La tierra prometida/The Promised Land||9||4|
|undated||La tierra prometida/The Promised Land, Part I||9||5|
|1956||La verdad desnuda||9||6|
|undated, 1958-1994||Writings About Clemente Soto Vélez||9||7|
|Series IV: Organizations|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated, 1985-1987||Alianza Hispana||10||1|
|1963-1966||Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York||10||2|
|1992-1993||Ballet Hispánico School of Dance||10||3|
|undated, 1979-1991||Bronx Museum of the Arts||10||5|
|undated, 1966-1968||Caravan House||10||6|
|undated, 1976-1994||Casa Aboy||10||7|
|1982-1991||Casa de las Américas||10||8|
|1974||Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño/Puerto Rican Cultural Center||10||9|
|undated||Centro De Promoción y Estudio de “ Las Matemáticas Naturales ” de la Naturaleza y las Ciencias del Universo||10||10|
|undated||Centro Puertorriqueño de las Artes||10||11|
|undated, 1981-1984||Círculo de Cultura Cubana||10||12|
|undated, 1950-1988||Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos de Nueva York (C.E.P.I.)||10||13|
|undated, 1950-1988||Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos de Nueva York (C.E.P.I.)||10||14|
|undated||Club de Poetas de Jerusalem||10||15|
|1993||Comité Amigos-Irvin Flores Rodríguez||10||16|
|1973||Impresora Nacional, Inc.||10||17|
|1966-1984||Instituto de Puerto Rico||10||18|
|undated||Movimiento Pro Independencia de Puerto Rico||10||19|
|undated||Movimiento Socialista Popular||10||20|
|undated, 1976-1995||Museo del Barrio||11||1|
|1977||Neighborhood Youth Corp||11||2|
|undated||Partido Socialista Puertorriqueño||11||3|
|undated, 1981-1992||P.E.N. Club de Puerto Rico||11||4|
|undated, 1970-1992||Pepatián Collective-Escalio Performance||11||5|
|undated, 1983-1991||Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center||11||6|
|undated, 1946-1965||Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc.||11||7|
|1966-1970||Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc.||12||1|
|undated||Puerto Rican Traveling Theater||12||2|
|1970||Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueños||12||3|
|1965||Spanish Grocers Association, Inc.||12||4|
|undated||Taller de Arte y Cultura/Puerto Rican Heritage and Culture||12||5|
|undated, 1972-1973||Unión Estudiantil Pedro Albizu Campos||12||8|
|1984||4th National Latino Film & Video Festival 84||OS||1|
|1990||The Bronx Council on the Arts and Hostos Culture & Arts Program present Literarias 1990-Readings of Works by Latino Writers||OS||2|
|1982||Carteles Para El Museo||OS||3|
|1985||El Ibero América Unida||OS||4|
|1983||Latin American Women Artists Series 1982-83||OS||5|
|1968||Proclamación de la República||OS||6|
|Series V: Subject Files|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated, 1977||Alicea, Mercedes-Lyric Soprano||12||10|
|1943||Cartas a Roosevelt sobre Puerto Rico-Palacios, Alfredo L.||12||13|
|undated, 1984-1986||Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños||12||14|
|1972-1995||City University of New York||12||15|
|1979||Clandestine Armed Movements||12||16|
|1979||Conferencia Internacional de Solidaridad con la Independencia de Puerto Rico||12||18|
|undated||Dance and Popular Culture||12||20|
|1981-1984||De Burgos, Julia||12||21|
|undated, 1960-1995||Event Programs||13||1|
|undated, 1960-1995||Event Programs||13||2|
|1976-1982||Fernández Fragoso, Víctor||13||4|
|undated, 1984-1987||Festival Latino en New York||13||5|
|undated, 1964-1989||Fox, Terry-Iroquois Brands, LTD||14||1|
|undated, 1970-1996||Hostos Community College||14||2|
|undated||Images and Identities: Art and Artists of Puerto Rican Heritage||14||3|
|undated, 1983||Images and Identities: The Puerto Rican in Literature||14||4|
|undated, 1967-1994||Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña||14||5|
|undated, 1974-1987||Latin American Writers and Literature||14||6|
|1980||Latin American Youth Orchestra||14||7|
|1987||La Línea Quebrada/The Broken Line||14||8|
|1982||Marcantonio, Vito – Congressman||14||10|
|1972||Migración Puertorriqueña: Un Informe Preliminar||14||12|
|undated||Movimiento Pro Independencia de Puerto Rico||14||13|
|undated, 1931-1993||Political Materials||15||1|
|undated, 1931-1993||Political Materials||15||2|
|1981||Puerto Rican Day Parade||15||3|
|undated, 1936-1981||Puerto Rican History and Culture||15||4|
|1990||Puerto Rican Week Festival-Philadelphia||15||5|
|1982||Puerto Rican Writers||15||6|
|undated||Puerto Ricans in the United States||15||7|
|undated||Resumes and Biographies||15||10|
|undated, 1981-1982||Rhoads, Cornelius and Rockefeller Foundation – Murder Case in Puerto Rico||15||11|
|1973||Rodríguez Nietzche, Vicente||15||12|
|1993||Romero Barceló, Carlos||15||13|
|1971||Seda Bonilla, Eduardo-Black and Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College||15||14|
|undated, 1969-1973||Seek Program||15||15|
|1954||The Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights||15||18|
|undated, 1985-1993||Universidad de Puerto Rico||15||20|
|1991||Bayoán: Quest for an Antillean Identity||OS||1|
|1992||Café Teatro, Fall Calendar||OS||2|
|1984||Clemente Soto Vélez||OS||3|
|1981||Clemente Soto Vélez (En Rojo)||OS||4|
|1990||Dance Theater Workshop & Pepatián||OS||5|
|1993||El Desfile y el momento histórico (La Prensa)||OS||6|
|1979||Guajana-Gráfica y Poesía||OS||7|
|undated||Instituto de Cultura Puertoriqueña (El Mundo)||OS||8|
|undated||Julio Mes de Julia||OS||9|
|undated||Loas-Antonio L. Díaz-Royo||OS||10|
|1992||North-South Counterpoint: Clemente Soto Vélez Soldier of the Caribbean Diaspora||OS||11|
|1987||Los Nuevos Cemíes||OS||12|
|undated||Perla del Caribe-Danza Para Canto y Piano||OS||13|
|1976 October 3||Por Dentro-El Sueño de un fotógrafo||OS||14|
|1977||Poemas de Luis Cartana (En Rojo)||OS||15|
|1979||Poemas de Orlando José Hernández (En Rojo)||OS||16|
|1990||Poesía con Tempo||OS||17|
|1988||La Primera Conferencia de Poetas y Escritores Puertorriqueños en Nueva York/The First Conference of Puerto Rican Poets and Writers in New York||OS||18|
|undated||Puerto Rican History Week||OS||19|
|undated||Puerto Rico: Prehistoria Erótica-Carlos Sueños||OS||20|
|1980||Salmos: Versos de Ernesto Cardenal/Grabados de Antonio Martorell, Almanaque||OS||21|
|1981||Saludos y Bienvenida a Clemente Soto Vélez y su Compañera||OS||22|
|1976-1977||Serie Literatura Hoy||OS||23|
|undated||SLUSA-Spanish Literature in the USA||OS||24|
|undated||Teatro “LA TEA” Theater||OS||25|
|undated||Vista del Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico||OS||26|
|Series VI: Clippings|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated, 1937-1995||Soto Vélez, Clemente||16||2|
|undated, 1937-1995||Soto Vélez, Clemente||16||3|
|undated, 1937-1995||Soto Vélez, Clemente||16||4|
|Series VII: Periodicals|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated, 1874-1988||Periodicals, G-V||16||6|
|1984||Semilla-Newark, N.J. (Newspaper)||16||7|
|Series VIII: Photographs|
|Scope and Content Note:||
Instances in the public or personal lives of Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez are the focus of the series.
|undated, 1960-1989||Group Photos||17||5|
|undated, 1960-1989||Group Photos||17||6|
|undated, 1979-1990||Soto Vélez, Clemente||17||9|
|undated, 1967-1995||Vélez, Amanda||17||10|
|1964||Annual Dinner Dance Committee for the Puerto Rican Parade, Inc.||OS||1|
|1966||Annual Dinner Dance, The Voter’s Club, Inc.||OS||2|
|1967||Graduation Exercises Puerto Rican Community Development Project, Inc.||OS||3|
|1967||Homenaje para Puertorriqueños Prominentes||OS||5|
|1964||The Paul R. Screvane Testimonial Dinner, Tendered by The Voters Club, Inc.||OS||6|
|1963||Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc. Banquet and Ball||OS||7|
|1970||2nd Annual Kinas County Dinner Dance Puerto Rican Leadership Conference||OS||8|
|1963||17th Anniversary Puerto Rican Merchant association Inc. and 26th Anniversary Spanish Grocers Association Inc.||OS||9|
|1967||Sixth Annual Dinner The Voter’s Club, Inc.||OS||10|
|1964||Sociedad Española de Socorros Mutuos “La Nacional” Baile de Coronación||OS||11|
|1966||Testimonial Dinner for Honorable Manuel Diaz, Jr.||OS||12|
|1962||25th Anniversary Banquet Spanish Grocers Association of the Puerto Rican Merchants Association, Inc.||OS||13|
|1963||The Voters Club, Inc. Testimonial Dinner in Honor of Hon Robert Wagner||OS||14|
|1965||The Voters Club, Inc. Testimonial Dinner||OS||15|
|1986||Clemente Soto Vélez portrait by unknown photographer||OS||16|
|1987||Clemente Soto Vélez portrait by Farrique Pesquera||OS||17|
|1985||Clemente Soto Vélez, portrait by Coqui Santaliz||OS||18|
|Series IX: Art|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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.
|undated, 1959-1994||General (pieces 1-79)|
|Series X: Audiovisual Materials|
|Scope and Content Note:||
Comprised of video and audio tapes, this series contains interviews and conversations with Soto Vélez as well as readings by him. There is, 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.
|undated||Videos: Escalio Pepatián||18||1|
|undated||Videos: Extracts from Escalio||18||2|
|undated, 1984||Videos: Interviews and Conversations||18||3|
|undated, 1984||Videos: Interviews and Conversations||18||4|
|1984||Videos: Primer Simposio de Estudios del Caribe: Clemente Soto Vélez||18||5|
|undated, 1977-1987||Audio Cassette Tapes: General (items 1-31)||19|
|undated, 1956-1977||Audio Cassette Tapes: Reel to Reel Audio Recordings (items 1-29)||20|
|Series XI: Artifacts|
|Scope and Content Note:||
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 and two recognition awards.
|1979||Conferencia Internacional de Solidaridad con la Independencia de Puerto Rico-Comité Mexicano de Apoyo||21||1|
|1974||Plaque Presented to Clemente Soto Vélez by Asociación Cívica Lareña||21||2|
|1978||Plaque Presented to Clemente Soto Vélez by Asociación Adelante Estudiantes Latinos. State University College, Buffalo, N.Y.||21||3|