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Summary Information

Title: Steffi Domike Papers
Collection Number: AIS.1997.20
Creator: Domike, Steffi

Collection Dates: 1946-2007
Extent: 77.17 linear feet (includes 721 video cassettes, 129 cassette tapes, 72 film reels, 1 oversize box and 1 tube)

Language: English

Steffi Ronder Domike worked as an electrician's assistant at Clairton Coke Works where she belonged to the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 1557 and was a union and equal rights activist. After being laid off in 1982 during the wave of steelworker lay offs in the Monongahela Valley, she became a filmmaker and went on to document steel industry labor movements of the Pittsburgh area, including the 1892 Homestead Strike and the community impact of the closing of U.S. Steel's National Duquesne Works in the 1980s. This collection contains correspondence, newsletters, minutes, reports, and articles about steelworker local unions and the steel industry during the 1970s and 1980s. Materials relating to the oral history project Crashin' Out: Hard Times in McKeesport and the documentary film/book The River Ran Red include grant proposals, research articles, publicity articles, and archival images. Production films from Women of Steel and The River Ran Red are also included. Additional materials were processed and added to the collection in October of 2011 which include materials relating to the various productions Domike was involved in as a producer and/or director. Also included are materials that document Domike's exhibits and installations, her involvement in the Battle of Homestead Foundation, and SubRosa, as well as research materials.