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Catalog Number 2000:11
Collection Pioneer Crafts Council Collection
Object Name Crafts
Title Audio-Visual History of Early Crafts in the Indian Creek Valley, Fayette County
Scope & Content This collection was originally catalogued by the Pioneer Crafts Council, so the format is somewhat different than it would be if it were catalogued by SIHC. The slides and the tapes are coordinated to go with each other, since they were part of a slide/recorded interview presentation that ran continuously at the 1976 Bicentennial Pioneer Crafts Celebration.

On the tapes, a small bell is run at regular intervals, during the taped recorded interviews. This was to alert the people giving the presentation at the Bicentennial Celebration when to change each slide.

**Tapes for this collection are located in the Pioneer Crafts Council box along with the other materials associated with this collection. They are NOT located in the storage cabinets with the tapes of recorded interviews that accompany the ethnographic surveys.

This collection is organized in the following manner:

Folder #1 contains Visual Images: Photography Logs for all slides
Folder #2 contains Visual Images: Color Slides
Folder #3 contains Visual Images: Color Slides
Folder #4 contains Recorded Subjects: Recording Logs for all recorded subjects
Folder #5 contains MISC: Pennsylvania Oral History Newsletter, May 1978
Folder #6 contains MISC: Notes from meeting-- Elise Moller, Fern Colborn, and Doris Dyen, 7-15-86
Folder #7 contains MISC: Correspondence: Doris Dyen, Elise Moller, and Fern Colborn
Physical characteristics All materials are located in labeled blue archival box
Admin/Biographical History This collection was compiled by the Pioneer Crafts Council of southwestern Pennsylvania. The purpose was:
1) To add a dimension to the present day interest in good-quality crafts as a creative experience in an industrial and commercial era--an experience in hearing and seeing earlier methods with the personal element of individuals and families deeply involved in essential activities.
2) To preserve for residents of the area some aspects of life in days gone by, of a real community as known by friends and neighbors still living.

A committee of ten members of the Pioneer Crafts Council who live in or near the Indian Creek Valley carried the full responsibility for this project as volunteers. They suggested the persons to be interviewed, conducted the interviews, taped the conversations, and took the colored slides. Naturally, the project demanded much more than anticipated: more than twenty-five hundred miles were traveled by the person who did most of the taping and photography--in this area about thirty-five miles long. Many pictures were taken with personal cameras, and a total of 503 slides were compiled.
Dates of Creation 1975-1976