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Catalog Number 1998:17-ES92-RC
Collection Ethnographic Survey-Turtle Creek
Object Name Ethnographic Survey
Title Turtle Creek Valley
Scope & Content This ethnographic survey contains information on the Turtle Creek Valley, collected by both Robert Carlin and Steffi Domike. Steffi was concurrently working on another SIHC survey for Clairton, which is listed under the accession number 1992:29, ES92-SD. ***Therefore, materials on Turtle Creek Valley completed by Domike that were originally placed with her other work on Clairton have been moved to this ethnographic survey box (Robert Carlin, 1992:17, ES92-RC). This box contains slides taken by both Carlin and Domike, as well as release forms, recording and photography logs, and biographical data sheets, all pertaining to the Turtle Creek Valley. Tapes of recorded interviews, though, are stored separately in an audio cabinet (1992:17 for Robert Carlin, and 1992:29 for Steffi Domike).

When looking through Domike's ethnographic survey on Clairton, it may seem that some materials are missing. The "missing" materials are those on Turtle Creek, catalogued in this survey, 1992:17-ES92-RC.

Only Ann Betz Walko, Geraldine Homitz, Rev. Ragni, Micki Baldwin, Matt Wojton, Henry Slaczka, Stephen and Alma Vukson, Patrick Lanigan, George Pitassi, Anthony Bombara, Constantine Leinas, Beverly and Clover Homa, and John Walko have biographical data sheets.

Release forms for both Steffi Domike's and Robert Carlin's interviewees are catalogued together in Folder #7.

In addition to doing taped interviews, Robert Carlin also took extensive notes off-tape. These are included with his materials.
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Admin/Biographical History HISTORY

Ethnographic Survey commissioned by the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation. In 1992, 1993, and 1997, the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation commissioned a series of ethnographic surveys of the areas within the Steel Heritage region. The region encompasses a 7 county area: Armstrong, Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
The goal of the surveys was to gather information about the cultural life of the Steel Heritage region, in order to develop a cultural context and inventory of resources for cultural conservation planning in the region. Information fell into the following categories: 1) Ethnic/Racial 2) Occupational 3) Religious 4) Family/Community 5) Environmental/Geographical.

1) Social Structure
A) Current patterns of settlement and movement among social/cultural groups
B) Current location and viability of social/cultural organizations (ethnic, work-related, religious, leisure, age-related, gender-related)
C) Community gathering-places (formal and informal)

2) Expressive Culture
A) Living traditional skills, activities, events
B) Practitioners of these traditions
C) Places/contexts in which these traditions are practiced

3) Attitudes and Values, Issues and Concerns
A) Ethnic/racial
- interaction among groups (formal/informal), new immigrants, changes in sense of identity (generational, geographical, other factors)
B) Occupational Issues
- job security, income level, retraining, unions, plant closings/mechanization, work ethic, pride in skills/abilities
C) Religious
- church closings and mergers, aging congregations, fewer ethnic-language services, interaction among religious/denominations
D) Family/community
- "no future for our children here," change in sense of community, effects of suburbanization, gender roles/expectations, problems of aging, causes/effects of population loss/gain
E) Environmental
- land ownership/use, need for development or for protection from development, reclamation of industrial land, water/air pollution, transportation access
Dates of Creation 1992