This is the personal archive of Mr. Herrera Soler (Petere). José Herrera Petere was born in the city of Guadalajara on October 27, 1909. Since his youth, he showed a deep literary fondness which exercised throughout his life, being the author of numerous literary works. His political commitment to the ideals of the Second Republic since his affiliation to the Communist Party of Spain led him into exile in 1939.
He was awarded the National Literature Prize in 1938 with the work Acero de Madrid.
The Petere Archive is in the Library after the signing of the Deposit Agreement on May 23 of 2003. this fact that has represented an important increase of the Cultural Patrimony of the Province and the possibility that the life and the work of an essential celebrity in the History and the Spanish Literature of the XX century are studied and known with accuracy by the coming generations.
The Library of Researchers of the Province of Guadalajara which organized the I International Congress Herrera Petere, during October 30 and 31 of 2009.
The Archive has a computerized Catalogue with 2,918 registers and systematized in six sections:
1 Bibliographic documentation (30 registers)
In this section, the smallest in the archive, have been grouped together with official documents of a strictly personal or professional nature of the author (curriculum vitae, passports, letters of Mexican naturalization of him and his wife, residence permits in the Swiss canton of Geneva, questionnaires, forms, personal reports and other documents related to his work in the O.I.T.), some special memories related to his political career such as a note from the Second Republic or a piece of wire from the French concentration camp in Saint Cyprien where he was interned for a few months after the end of the Spanish Civil War.
2 Correspondencia (334 registros)
Our author's extensive epistolary with many of the most influential writers and characters of the Spanish exile, as well as with numerous European intellectuals, constitute the fundamental part of this Section, which has also included the crossed correspondence between General Emilio Herrera Linares, Petere's father, and Carmen Soler, Petere's wife, during the first months of exile. The letters between Carmen Soler and some scholars of Petere's work after his death have also been preserved.
3 Tributes (154 registers)
Of the total of the Section, one hundred and forty-five registers correspond to the tribute promise to Petere in Geneva on March 7, 1976. In them, they are collected, together with the dedications of more than a hundred Spanish writers and artists (both from exile and from within), many of them expressed through personal letters, poems, drawings or engravings, they include thousands of signatures of all the people who adhered to the event. Fewer are the documents referring to other tributes, such as that of his retirement in 1969, or those made after his death.
4 Private library (232 registers)
Although the legacy does not include the author's conventional Library, what we have called the Private Library arrived with its archive. It includes registers which refer fundamentally to originals (manuscripts or typed) sent to Petere by their authors so that he could know them or give his opinion about them. There are also some published copies dedicated expressly to Petere by its authors.
5 Works (1,750 registers)
This section constitutes the thick of the file. It has divided in four subsections.
- Drawings, 39 registers.
- Poetry, 1,299 registers.
- Prose, 247 registers.
- Theatre, 165 registers.
It includes all the manuscripts (original or copies, complete or fragmented), typed and published of each of the works of our author.
6 Studies about Petere and his work (300 registers)
Formed by an extensive collection of studies and press articles that other authors published in several specialized magazines and newspapers about the person, intellectual and cultural activity and the works of Petere.