Voices & Visions is an audio-visual, permanent, and scalable primary source companion for courses exploring the history of the United States and the World.


In an increasingly digitized world, our understanding of the past and how we relate to it is constantly changing. Evolving digital mediums give us new ways, approaches, and tools to interrogate, understand, and empathize with the past. Voices & Visions builds on the model of a primary source reader, but takes it beyond text based sources, presenting historically significant images, sound recordings, and videos.


The internet contains a nearly endless repository of historical sources. However, the same architecture that makes the internet so flexible also makes these sources ephemeral. Through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin Library’s Digital Collections, Voices & Visions takes a small, well curated, selection of these historical resources and gives them a permanent home. Voices & Visions is a resource that educators can return to year after year with confidence.


Voices & Visions is a collaboratively created open educational resource that is intended for growth. All the entries in Voices & Visions are written by scholars of international history who have donated their time and expertise to the project. Voices & Visions encourages and depends on the contributions from the scholarly community to grow. Please consider contributing to this project

Fair Use

Voices & Visions is actively pursuing copyright permissions for all material published on our site. We are partnering with UW Digital Collections to host copies of all materials used with copyright permission to make the website free and sustainable. While we currently do not have copyright permission for all our material we believe that the nature and use of the artifacts on this site not in the public domain or not the property of the owner of this site constitutes “fair use” of any such material as provided for in section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act. The material on this site is intended for educational (teaching, research and scholarship, critical commentary) purposes, is factual-historical in nature, is transformative (e.g., multi-medium enhanced expressions which create added value to the end User) and is distributed freely.