Political activist and community leader. This collection is valuable for examining the history of the independence movement, especially the history of the Nationalist Party, the Partido Independentista de Puerto Rico and Movimiento Pro Independencia. It is of particular importance for the insight it offers on the role of women in the independence movement and on women activists. The collection also contains significant information about political repression and the persecution of political activists in Puerto Rico. Like many other pro-independence sympathizers, Emelí Vélez de Vando was subjected to years of police surveillance. Among her papers is a voluminous carpeta, the secret file on her compiled by the police of Puerto Rico. In it are detailed accounts of all her activities, including her speeches at different forums and demonstrations. The collection consists primarily of letters, articles, photographs, police reports, audiotapes, programs and flyers.
Finding Aid for the Emelí Vélez de Vando Papers