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Southwind recordings and scripts

Collection number: ahc.MSS1118

Scope and Content

This collection consists of audio recordings and scripts created for the program, Southwind.Southwind programs consisted of one to three segments that featured original reporting either by Boyd Lewis or his colleagues in public radio throughout the Southeast. Many of the segments focused on contemporary events that Lewis placed in historical context, while other segments were retrospectives of past events that featured the voices of the participants. The segments touched upon a broad range of topics relating to the history of Atlanta and the American South in the mid-to-late 20th century, including the Civil Rights Movement; African American history; city and regional economic and cultural development in the Southeast; business and labor history; Atlanta theater; folk life; literature, and political history. Although a total of 177 Southwind programs were recorded, this collection only contains recordings of 150 programs and 158 scripts.


  • 1980-1987


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. The recordings listed in Series I are licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivsCC BY-NC license, Copyright of the programs described in Series I and the scripts in Series II are owned by Boyd Lewis.

Administrative/Biographical History

Atlanta journalist Boyd Lewis conceived, created, produced, and hosted Southwind, a half-hour radio program of features and documentaries on the people, issues, and events of the South. The program aired on WABE-FM in Atlanta, Georgia, between November 14, 1980 and January 29, 1987. Lewis began his journalism career in Atlanta in 1969 as a writer for the Atlanta Voice, a black-owned weekly newspaper. In 1973, he was hired as a journalist and a photographer for the Atlanta Inquirer.


1.25 linear ft. (150 digital recordings; three document cases)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series; Series I. Recordings; Series II. Scripts.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Patrons who want access to the audio listed in series I must use the digital copies available at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1986

Southwind recordings and scripts
Paul Crater
January 2019
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
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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