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Catalog Number 1998:21-ES93-JS
Collection Ethnographic Study - Homewood
Object Name Ethnographic Study
Title Ethnographic Study- Homewood
Scope & Content The Materials in this study cover the year of 1993. Some materials date earlier, but are not original to the study, but rather are ancillary materials. Homewood is the primary focus of the materials, but information about East Liberty, Point Breeze, and Highland Park is also included. The collection is arranged into 6 series: Reports, Visual Images, Recording Subjects, Publications, and Miscellaneous.
Reports, documents, slides, recording logs and transcripts comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included is a variety of area-specific publications such as newsletters and newspapers. There is one video tape in the collection. The audio tapes are stored separately from the rest of the collection in Audio Tape Cabinet #1. The video tape is stored in the workroom on the storage shelf.
Each of the recorded and non-recorded subject files include Biographical Data Forms. The recorded subject files also have Release Forms, Recording Logs, and Transcripts unless otherwise noted.

ES93-JS23-C Does not have a Release Form
Physical characteristics
Admin/Biographical History HISTORY

Ethnographic Survey commissioned by the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation - 1993. 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 1993