Digitized recordings of the radio program Southwind: The New Sounds of the Old Confederacy now available.

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center, 150 recordings of the radio program Southwind: The New Sounds of the Old Confederacy are now available at http://cdm17222.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p17222coll4. These resources are now online thanks in part to the DLG’s Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects.

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 between November 14, 1980 and January 29, 1987. The collection contains 150 out of the 177 editions that were recorded. Each of the Southwind programs consisted of one to three segments that featured original reporting either by Mr. Lewis or his colleagues in public radio throughout the Southeast. Many of the segments focused on contemporary events that Mr. 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. As such, they are a potentially valuable primary source of scholarly and journalistic inquiry.

Southwind included feature interviews with historical figures such as the authors Erskine Caldwell and Paul Hemphill; educator Benjamin E. Mays, and former President Jimmy Carter. The program also featured commentaries by authors Pearl Cleage and Toni Cade Bambara; and a 1986 recording of author James Dickey reading selections of his poetry. Many episodes included features about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These segments included audio excerpts from many of King’s colleagues, including the Reverend Joseph Lowery and C. T. Vivian. Other features included an assessment of Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young’s first 100 days in office; a segment on threats to the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; a profile on civil rights activist Heman Sweatt; a feature on the 1986 Fifth District congressional race between John Lewis and Julian Bond; a story about Atlanta churches offering sanctuaries to immigrants fleeing political turmoil in Latin American countries; a piece on North Carolina’s Greensboro Massacre in 1978 where Klansmen killed five demonstrators; a feature about the Atlanta Crackers and Atlanta Black Crackers baseball teams, and several stories about the series of kidnappings and murders that took place in Atlanta in the late 1970s and early 1980s, known as “the Atlanta Child Murders.”

Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor in the history department at Emory University notes that these digitized resources are “an invaluable resource for researchers and students of the modern history of Atlanta and the South, as well as the history and legacy of the modern civil rights movement.”

About the Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center through its collections, facilities, programs, exhibitions, and publications preserves and interprets historical subjects pertaining to Atlanta and its environs and presents subjects of interest to Atlanta’s diverse audiences.

About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia https://dlg.usg.edu is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.


Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Winter 2019

Over the winter, the Digital Library of Georgia released several new grant-funded newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. Included below is a list of the new titles along with titles added from previous newspaper websites.

Titles funded by a National Digital Newspaper Program Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Morning News (Savannah), 1887-1899

Titles funded by Georgia HomePLACE:

Orthodox Democrat (Barnesville), 1889

Barrow Times (Winder), 1919-1921

Weekly Journal (Homer), 1889-1890

Barnesville Weekly Gazette, 1869

Daily Gazette (Barnesville), 1884

Weekly Gazette (Barnesville), 1868

Titles funded by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR):

Wolverine Observer (Morris Brown College, Atlanta), 1936-2001

Panther (Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta), 1944-1969

Titles funded by the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation

American Patriot (Savannah), 1812

American Republic (Macon), 1859

American Standard (Albany), 1855

American Union (Griffin), 1851-1860

American Whig (Griffin), 1848

Argus (Savannah), 1828-1829

Backwoodsman and Upson Yeoman (Thomaston), 1834

Bee (Forsyth), 1849

Christian Index (Washington), 1833-1866

Columbian Museum & Savannah Advertiser, 1796-1817

Columbian Museum and Savannah Commercial Advertiser, 1817

Columbian Museum and Savannah Daily Gazette, 1817-1819

Columbus Sentinel and Herald, 1838-1841

Covington Herald, 1835

Cuthbert Reporter, 1856-1860

Daily Citizen (Macon), 1857

Daily Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1859

Daily Sun (Columbus), 1856-1861

Daily Telegraph (Savannah), 1840

Darien Gazette, 1818-1828

Dollar News (Savannah), 1855

Empire State (Griffin), 1856-1859

Enterprise (Thomasville), 1865

Evening Mirror (Savannah), 1851

Federal Republican Advocate, and Commercial Advertiser (Savannah), 1807-1808

Friend and Monitor (Washington), 1815

A Friend of the Family (Savannah), 1849-1851

Georgia & Carolina Gazette (Petersburg), 1805-1806

Georgia Banner (Newnan), 1856

Georgia Christian Repertory (Macon), 1831-1832

Georgia Citizen Advertiser (Macon), 1860

Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1850-1860

Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1859

Georgia Clipper (Warrenton), 1860

Georgia Courier (Lumpkin), 1853

Georgia Gazette (Savannah), 1763-1770

Georgia Gazette (Savannah), 1798-1802

Georgia Jeffersonian (Griffin), 1853-1854

Georgia Journal and Independent Federal Register (Savannah), 1793-1794

Georgia Journal and Messenger (Macon), 1847-1861

Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader (Atlanta), 1860-1861

Georgia Messenger (Ft. Hawkins), 1823-1847

Georgia Pioneer, and Retrenchment Banner (Cassville),  1840

Georgia Pioneer (Cassville), 1841

Georgia Republican & State Intelligencer (Savannah), 1802-1805

Georgia Republican (Savannah), 1806-1807

Georgia Temperance Crusader (Penfield), 1858-1859

Greensboro Weekly Gazette, 1858

Harris County Enterprise (Hamilton), 1860-1864

The Hickory Nut and Upson Vigil (Thomaston), 1833-1834

Independent Blade (Newnan), 1859-1860

Independent Press (Washington), 1840

Independent South (Griffin), 1858

The McIntosh County herald, and Darien commercial register, 1839-1840

The messenger (Macon), 1823

The missionary (Mt. Zion), 1821-1825

The monitor (Washington), 1802-1815

The Morning Chronicle (Savannah), 1818

Muscogee Democrat, and Mercantile Advertiser (Columbus), 1847-1848

Muscogee Democrat (Columbus), 1849

News & Planters’ Gazette (Washington), 1840-1844

The News (Washington), 1816-1820

The News (Washington), 1833-1840

Organ (Hamilton), 1854-1856

Palladium (Newnan), 1835-1836

Patriot and Commercial Advertiser (Savannah), 1806-1807

Planters’ Weekly (Greensboro), 1860-1861

Public Intelligencer (Savannah), 1807-1809

Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger, 1807-1816

Republican Sentinel (Rome), 1844

Royal Georgia Gazette (Savannah), 1779-1782

Rural Cabinet (Warrenton), 1828-1830

Savannah Courier, 1852

Savannah Daily Georgian, 1857-1858

Savannah Daily Journal and Courier, 1855

Savannah Evening Journal, 1852-1853

Savannah Journal, 1852

Savannah Mercury, 1829

Savannah Museum, 1821-1822

Semi-Weekly True Flag (Rome), 1860

Sentinel (Louisville), 1820

Southern Baptist Messenger (Covington), 1860-1862

Southern Literary Companion (Newnan), 1860-1865

Southern Enterprise (Thomasville), 1860-1861

Southern Enterprise (Thomasville), 1865-1866

Southern Miscellany (Madison), 1842-1846

Southern Patriot (Savannah), 1806

Southern Sentinel (Columbus), 1850-1852

Southerner (Rome), 1850

Standard (Cassville), 1852-1853

Standard of Union and Free Trade Advocate (Sparta), 1834

Star of the South (Elberton), 1860

State Press (Macon), 1859

Telegraph (Darien), 1835

Temperance Banner (Penfield), 1849-1855

Temperance Crusader (Penfield), 1856-1857

Times & Sentinel Tri-Weekly (Columbus), 1855-1858

Times (Savannah), 1823

Tri-Weekly Columbus Times, 1851

Tri-Weekly Times and Sentinel (Columbus), 1853

Upson Pilot (Thomaston), 1858-1862

Washington News and Miscellaneous Advertiser, 1832-1833

Washington News, 1822-1831

Weekly Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1860

Weekly Sun (Columbus), 1859-1863

Weekly Times & Sentinel (Columbus), 1853-1858

Wilkes Republican (Washington), 1857-1858

Wire-grass Reporter (Thomasville), 1857-1858

The DLG has also converted several newspaper archives to the GHN website, including:

Carroll Free Press (Carrollton), 1883-1922

Cassville Standard, 1857-1860

Cedartown Advertiser, 1879-1884

Cedartown Express, 1877-1879

Cedartown Record, 1874-1877

Cedartown Standard, 1900-1922

Cherokee Advance (Canton), 1880-1922

Clayton Tribune, 1899-1924

Cleveland Progress, 1892-1896

Dahlonega Nugget, 1903-1928

Daily Telegraph and Messenger (Macon), 1873

Douglas County Sentinel, 1917-1922

Gainesville News, 1902-1922

Georgia Cracker, 1897-1902

Georgia Telegraph (Macon), 1832-1835

Georgia Telegraph (Macon), 1844-1858

Georgia Weekly Telegraph and Georgia Journal & Messenger, 1869-1880

Georgia Weekly Telegraph, Journal and Messenger, 1880-1882

LaGrange Herald, 1843-1844

LaGrange Reporter, 1857-1914

Macon Daily Telegraph, 1908

Macon Georgia Telegraph, 1836-1844

Macon Telegraph, 1894-1904

Macon Telegraph, 1826-1832

Macon Telegraph and Messenger, 1873-1882

Newnan Herald, 1868-1885

North Georgia Citizen (Dalton), 1868-1921

Rome Tri-Weekly Courier, 1860-1880

Rome Weekly Courier, 1860-1878

Standard (Cassville), 1852-1853

Telegraph and Messenger (Macon), 1871-1873

Twice-a-Week Telegraph (Macon), 1907

Weekly Georgia Telegraph (Macon), 1858-1869

Weekly Telegraph (Macon), 1885-1894

Weekly Telegraph and Messenger (Macon), 1884-1885