is an interactive CD/DVD and website that offers a critical selection
of primary sources, high-resolution color images, and interpretive
essays of these documents and pictures. In essence, it brings the
best of the archive, the museum, and the lecture hall into the hands
and onto the screens of researchers, college teachers and students.
The resources on Vistas are divided into six thematic units:
In each unit,
users can engage the ideas expressed in the visual language of images
and objects and in the written language of the colonial-era documents.
These documents can be read in their original language (be it Spanish,
French, Nahuatl, Quiché Maya, Aymara, or Quechua) and in
CD/DVD will be ready for classroom use by the fall of 2003. The
web version of Vistas, containing primary documents, translations,
bibliographies, glossaries and timelines, will continue to expand
across 2002 and into 2003.
is funded by a grant from the National Endowment from the Humanities,
the Argosy Foundation, and by Smith College and Fordham University.
If you are interested in testing Vistas in your college classroom,
reviewing a Vistas pilot, keeping informed about Vistas,
or in supporting the development of Vistas, please contact