Groundbreaking poet, founding member of the literary movement Atalayismo and one of the most significant and revered contemporary Puerto Rican writers. 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 Atalayismo movement and the literary history of Puerto Rico, as well as Hispanic American literature in the United States. There is also information on various New York organizations, 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.
Finding Aid for the Clemente Soto Vélez and Amanda Vélez Papers