Historical archive

The historical archive of the Maldonado Bello family is made up of more than 3,000 records including manuscripts, legal documents, letters, plans, photographs, hemerography. It also includes a library with more than 700 volumes, linked to topics such as livestock, agriculture, law, history, anthropology and art.

The materials that the fund guards date from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and documents the family history starting wit the marriage of Samuel Darío Maldonado Vivas to Dolores Bello Torres. This important data was stored for more than 100 years. It was rescued, studied and evaluated in order to classify and catalog it and diffuse the family legacy, stimulate research and contribute to the heritage of historiographical sources. All this under the supervision of Dharla Maldonado, the direction and production of Natalia Díaz Peña and the participation of the historian Juan Moreno.

The historical archive is structured on the basis of five subjects that illustrate and account for the interests and future of the economic, business and social development of the Maldonado family: genealogy, family properties in the State of Táchira, livestock activity, business activity, corporate social responsibility.

The archive has several records that document the life of Samuel Darío Maldonado. On the one hand, his facet as a writer, which is evidenced through hundreds of poems, essays as well as the letters and postal exchange maintained for years and that, reflects his interest in the administration of cattle ranches and other business ventures. His conference to fight yellow fever is also preserved. His field notebooks reveal his interest in anthropology, with manuscripts and records of indigenous voices or reports on the work he executed as Governor of the Amazon Territory.

A great deal of the documents in the archive were protected by attorney Iván Darío Maldonado, who had an absolute awareness of the need to preserve the memory and documentary heritage of a family that has worked in the country’s development for many years. In this way, he was in charge of protecting the records that document the legal condition of the ranches, the daily dynamics of his cattle company INVEGA, the correspondence with Nelson Rockefeller as well as various documents related to La Previsora, the Biological Station El Frío, Industrias Lácteas de Carabobo or the Asosiación de Ganaderos, among other no less important issues.

Currently the Archive is in the process of digitizing all its documents to ensure its next dissemination. If you require some of the materials registered in the index you can contact us through our contact form.