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Vine City/Domed Stadium oral history recordings and transcripts

Collection number: ahc.MSS611

Scope and Content

The collection consists of sixteen audio cassette tape recordings of interviews conducted by students from Booker T. Washington High School. Interviewees include residents of the Vine City neighborhood who would be affected by the Georgia Dome construction, Fulton County Commissioner Nancy Boxill, John T. Robinson II (the assistant to County Commissioner Michael Lomax), and Clarence Williams (the international representative from United Automobile Workers). The collection also includes a book of edited abstracts of the interviews. Interview discussions deal primarily with the concerns of residents as the Dome was being built, including increased crime rates, decreasing property values, excessive traffic in the neighborhood, and how the neighborhood's character could change as a result. Some interviewees also talk about their family history, their experiences with race relations in the South, and other life experiences.


  • 1988-1989


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center. The recordings listed are licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivsCC By-NC license, licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

Administrative/Biographical History

Plans for the construction of the Domed Stadium Project, which later became the Georgia Dome, were approved by the Atlanta City Council in 1989. The neighborhood most affected by the project was Vine City, located just west of downtown Atlanta. As the project worked its way through the final phases of approval, students from the Booker T. Washington High School Center for the Humanities, under the direction of two teachers, Ms. Gwen Cheatham and Ms. Katie Lindquist, interviewed Vine City residents most affected by the pending construction. The students interviewed fourteen individuals, and ultimately created a series of oral histories that documented the changing lives of Vine City residents. The project was patterned after the work of the “Foxfire” program developed in Rabun County, Georgia.


1.167 linear ft. (one half document case and 17 oral history recordings)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio recordings were made on 60 and 90 minute audio casettes. Patrons who want access to the audio must use the linked digital copies available at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1989

Description Control

Collection re-processed in 2016.

Vine City/Domed Stadium oral history recordings and transcripts
Leah Lefkowitz.
October 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305