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Catalog Number 1998:29-ES92-SD
Collection Ethnographic Study - Clairton
Object Name Ethnographic Study
Title Ethnographic Study - Clairton
Scope & Content Steffi Domike concurrently worked on ethnographic surveys for Turtle Creek and Clairton. Almost all information on Turtle Creek completed by Steffi Domike was moved to 1998:17-ES92-RC. ***Therefore, any information that may appear to be missing from 1998:29-ES92-SD is most likely catalogued in 1998:17-ES92-RC.

All slides, contact sheets, and negatives for this project are stored in ethnographic survey 1998:17.

Folder #1 contains Photography Logs (but all slides, contact sheets, and negatives are catalogued in 98:17).
Folder #2 contains Field Notes and Drafts of the Final Report
Folder #3 contains Non-recorded subject Paulette Christian
Folder #4 contains Recorded Subjects: Croatian Fraternal Union
Folder #5 contains Recorded Subjects: Georgina and Spider Rondinelli
Folder #6 contains Recorded Subjects: Dave Levdansky
Folder #7 contains Recorded Subjects: Charles Grese
Folder #8 contains Recorded Subjects: The Gallaways
Folder #9 contains Recorded Subjects: Robert and Jean Baird
Folder #10 contains Recorded Subjects: Jerry Strelick
Folder #11 contains Recorded Subjects: Burrell Brown
Folder #12 contains Recorded Subjects: James Albert Fiore, Sr.
Folder #13 contains Recorded Subjects: Domenic Curinga
Folder #14 contains Recorded Subjects: Walter Maxwell
Folder #15 contains Recorded Subjects: Mary Maxwell
Folder #16 contains MISC: Clairton History
Folder #17 contains MISC: Clairton Misc. documents
Folder #18 contains MISC: Clairton Misc. Documents

98:29 ES92-SD-01: Artifacts contains two Croatian Fraternal Union sponges
98:29 ES92-SD-02: Artifacts contains a Croatian Fraternal Union key chain
98:29 ES92-SD-03: Artifacts contains a Croatian Fraternal Union bottle opener
98:29 ES92-SD-04-6: Artifacts contains Croatian Fraternal Union stickers
98:29 ES92-SD-07: Artifacts contains a Croatian Fraternal Union letter opener
98:29 ES92-SD-08: Artifacts contains a Croatian Fraternal Union key chain
98:29 ES92-SD-09: Artifacts contains a Croatian Fraternal Union paper clip
98:29 ES92-SD-10: Artifacts contains a bumper sticker that says "Steel Imports Steal Jobs" and a Croatian Fraternal Union sew-on patch
98:29 ES92-SD-11: Artifacts contains two Croatian Fraternal Union pens
Physical characteristics
Admin/Biographical History HISTORY

Ethnographic Survey commissioned by Steel Industry Heritage Corporation in 1992. In 1992, 1993, and 1997, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation commissioned a series of ethnographic surveys of the areas within the Steel Heritage Region, called Rivers of Steel National and State Heritage Area. The region encompasses a seven county area, including: Armstrong, Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties.
The goal of the surveys was to gather information about the cultural life of the Rivers of Steel National and State Heritage Area, 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

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, and gender-related)
C) Community gathering places ) formal and informal

A) Living traditional skills, activities, and events
B) Practitioners of these traditions

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