Former Laureates

Archivo General de Indias

Archivo General de Indias

1992

Spain's Minister of Culture accepted the Erasmus Prize on behalf of the Archivo General de Indias. This world-famous colonial archive is based in Seville and dates back to 1785. The archive brings together the collections of the Consejo de Indias, the Casa de la Contratación, the later Secretaría de Estado y Despacho Universal de Indias, and the Consulados. It includes documentation pertaining to government and justice in Latin America, and to the Indian cultures in the colonies. The archive covers a wide range of material, is by far the most important source of information for researchers, and plays an essential and active role as an authoritative, neutral institution for the study of the more than three centuries of colonial relations between Europe, Latin America and the Philippines. It provides insight into attitudes towards America and into the influence the Americas have had on Europe. The archive also plays an essential role in the intellectual exchange of ideas. The Archivo General de Indias was an early user of the new digital techniques for conserving and managing collections. As such, it has served as an example for other institutions.

Archivo General de Indias

The colonial archive Archivo General de Indias, based in Seville, received the Erasmus Prize in 1992.