Estructura / Cantabria 1920-2000 / Pablo Beltrán de Heredia

(Guía de Gran Canaria, 1917–Santander, 2009). A writer, professor and editor, a driving force in cultural activities and adoptive son of the city of Santander, Beltrán de Heredia was one of the key figures in the political and cultural life of the city during the twentieth century. Having graduated from the University of Madrid in philosophy and literature, throughout his life he was prolific in his support for cultural activities: director of the Seminary of Monte Corbán of the Menéndez Pelayo International University (1947–1953); founder, together with Ricardo Gullón, Ángel Ferrant and Mathias Goeritz, of the Escuela de Altamira and key in helping to promote its two conferences in Santillana del Mar (1949–50); an associate, since 1949, of the Santander printing house Bedia, at which he edited different collections and dozens of books; professor at the Spanish Department of the University of Texas in Austin (1966–1983); and director of cultural activities at Fundación Santillana (1981–1987).

The Beltrán de Heredia collection is composed of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, books, magazines and printed matter, among others. Particularly notable examples include documents related to the Escuela de Altamira; to figures from the cultural and artistic life of Cantabria in the twentieth century (Gerardo Diego, José Hierro, Pancho Cossío and the group Proel); and to editorial collections such as El Viento Sur (1948–1951), Tito Hombre (1951–1954) and Colofón del Año (1986–2007). In 2009, Archivo Lafuente helped to promote the exhibition Pablo Beltrán de Heredia: the Shadow Redeemed, and its catalogue, as well as the volume Julio Maruri - Pablo Beltrán de Heredia, correspondencia 1950-2004, was published by his publisher, Ediciones La Bahía.

 



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