Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers

Held by the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY

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Overview of the Records

Repository:

Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY

695 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10021

Summary:
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 Consists of published and unpublished manuscripts, notes and drafts, letters, poetry, manuscripts, biographies, interviews, speeches, and materials about cultural and political organizations.
Creator:
Soto Vélez, Clemente, 1905-1993 and Vélez, Amanda Andrea, 1918-
Title:
Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers
Quantity:
9.55 cubic feet (artworks not included)
Inclusive Dates:
1924-1996
Bulk Dates:
1960s-1994
Series Number:
1999-03
Sponsor:
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. This collection description was enhanced as a part of Ventana Al Pasado: Building a Latino/Hispanic Online Research Collection. The New York State Archives and Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños received funding for this project from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into the following 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.

The folders are arranged alphabetically and the documents in chronological order with some exceptions.

Biographical Sketch

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.

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.

Related Information

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.

Other finding aids

A Spanish version of this finding aid is available.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Use Restrictions

Copyright: Ana Eloísa Soto Canino. Please contact repository for more information.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers, Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY.

Processing Information

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.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ana Eloísa Soto Canino

Access Terms

Personal Name(s):

Aboy, Ramón

Soto, Merián

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.

Miranda-Archilla, Graciany

Margenat, Alfredo

Corporate Name(s):

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

Geographic Name(s):

Puerto Rico--Poetry

Puerto Rico--Politics and government

Subject(s):

Hispanic American authors

American literature--Hispanic American authors

Nationalists--Puerto Rico

Authors, Puerto Rican

Hispanic American literature (Spanish)

Puerto Ricans--New York (State)--New York

Puerto Rican literature

Atalayismo (Literary movement)

Arts and Culture

Genre(s):

Correspondence

Audiotapes

Videotapes

Manuscripts (for publication)

Clippings

Detailed Description

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
Dates: 1928-1995
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
undated Address Books 1 1
undated Address Books 1 2
1986-1990 Agendas 1 3
undated, 1982-1994 Airline Tickets 1 4
1954-1982 Awards 1 5
undated, 1993 Biographies 1 6
undated Business Cards 1 7
1986-1992 Calendars 1 8
undated Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center 1 9
1954-1988 Contracts 1 10
undated Datos Para la Resolución Conjunta Asignando Fondos Para la Celebración del Octagésimo Cumpleaños del Poeta Clemente Soto Vélez 1 11
undated, 1989 Drawings 1 12
undated English Notebook 1 13
undated Ephemera 1 14
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, 1964-1988 Identifications 2 4
undated, 1985 Interviews 2 5
1986 Legal Documents 2 6
undated, 1987-1994 Medical Records 2 7
undated, 1928-1980 Postcard Collection-Amanda Vélez 2 8
1973-1989 Receipts 2 9
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
Dates: 1929-1995
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
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
1983 October-1993 Incoming 4 1
1983 October-1993 Incoming 4 2
undated, 1963-1995 Incoming to Amanda Vélez 4 3
undated, 1963-1995 Incoming to Amanda Vélez 4 4
undated, 1971-1989 Invitations 4 5
undated, 1966-1992 Outgoing 4 6
undated, 1973-1994 Outgoing from Amanda Vélez 4 7
undated, 1929-1992 Postcards 4 8
undated, 1963-1995 Postcards to Amanda Vélez 4 9
undated Telegrams 4 10


Series III: Writings
Dates: 1924-1994
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
undated Abrazo interno/Inner Embrace 5 1
undated, 1989 Árboles 5 2
1968-1993 Articles by Clemente Soto Vélez 5 3
undated Caballo de palo 5 4
1974 Diary 5 5
undated, 1936-1937 Escalio 5 6
undated, 1977 Essays 5 7
undated General 5 8
1931-1989 General 6 1
1931-1989 General 6 2
undated Lyrics 6 3
undated, 1969-1976 Notes 6 4
undated Notebooks 6 5
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, 1979 Screenplays 8 2
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, 1981 Speeches 8 8
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
Dates: 1946-1995
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
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
1974-1986 Boricua College 10 4
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 Taller Racata 12 6
undated Teatro 4 12 7
undated, 1972-1973 Unión Estudiantil Pedro Albizu Campos 12 8
undated, 1971-1993 Various 12 9
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
Dates: 1930-1996
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
undated, 1977 Alicea, Mercedes-Lyric Soprano 12 10
undated, 1979 Art 12 11
undated, 1930-1994 Atalayismo 12 12
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
undated, 1982-1986 Conferences 12 17
1979 Conferencia Internacional de Solidaridad con la Independencia de Puerto Rico 12 18
1978 Cuba 12 19
undated Dance and Popular Culture 12 20
1981-1984 De Burgos, Julia 12 21
1983 Ediciones Vitral 12 22
undated Espada, Martín 12 23
undated, 1960-1995 Event Programs 13 1
undated, 1960-1995 Event Programs 13 2
undated, 1964-1993 Exhibits 13 3
1976-1982 Fernández Fragoso, Víctor 13 4
undated, 1984-1987 Festival Latino en New York 13 5
undated Films 13 6
undated, 1961-1994 Flyers 13 7
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
undated LPR Records 14 9
1982 Marcantonio, Vito – Congressman 14 10
undated Marqués, René 14 11
1972 Migración Puertorriqueña: Un Informe Preliminar 14 12
undated Movimiento Pro Independencia de Puerto Rico 14 13
undated Musical Scores 14 14
undated Oller, Francisco 14 15
undated Pinera, Humberto 14 16
undated, 1971-1995 Plays 14 17
undated Poesía Comunal 14 18
1967 Poetry Readings 14 19
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 Puerto Rico-General 15 8
undated, 1963-1976 References 15 9
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
1976 Singerman, Berta 15 16
1966-1984 Stickers 15 17
1954 The Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights 15 18
undated Thomas, Piri 15 19
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
Dates: 1937-1995
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
undated, 1965-1993 General 16 1
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
Dates: 1874-1989
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.



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


Series VIII: Photographs
Dates: 1960-1995
Scope and Content Note:

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



Dates Contents Box Folder
undated, 1966-1983 Events 17 1
undated, 1979-1995 Family 17 2
1995 Funeral 17 3
undated, 1976-1984 General 17 4
undated, 1960-1989 Group Photos 17 5
undated, 1960-1989 Group Photos 17 6
undated Negatives 17 7
undated Political Figures 17 8
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 Idem.-Photo B OS 4
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
Dates: 1959-1994
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.



Dates Contents
undated, 1959-1994 General (pieces 1-79)


Series X: Audiovisual Materials
Dates: 1956-1987
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
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
Dates: 1974-1979
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.



Dates Contents Box Folder
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