Steel Valley Voices is organized as a set of “collections,” each of which focuses on a particular group or theme.  We currently have 18 collections:

Breaking Bread: The Merging of Churches and Ethnic Cultures in the Valley

  • Oral history excerpts from interviews conducted for this exhibit

Common Ground

  • Discussions and materials on some themes and experiences that have been shared by many of the groups who migrated to this area, including sections on weddings, polka, ethnic cookbooks, and ringers, a game that was invented in Youngstown.


  • Profiles of immigrants with origins from different parts of Africa.


  • Documents, press clippings, photographs, and other materials from the Delta Lambda chapter of the national Delta Sigma Theta sorority
  • A history of the Pleasant Tucker family, who migrated to the Youngstown area in the 1870s.


  • Profile of Rena Mansour


  • Profile of Jiang Qi


  • Profile of Delphine Brunet


  • Oral history interview with John Herrlich


  • 15 oral history interviews


  • Two oral history interviews


  • Five biographies of members of the Hogan family, written by one of their descendants, Tom Welsh
  • 10 oral histories


  • Letters, documents, photographs, stories, profiles, scholarly studies, and more, including a history of St. Rocco’s Church and excerpts from Carmen Leone’s memoir


  • Dozens of oral histories comment on three broad themes: Jewish Traditions and Education, Life in Youngstown, and memories of Rabbi Sidney Berkowitz

Latino Voices of the Valley

  • Oral history interviews in Spanish with Latinos living in the Mahoning Valley (along with transcripts in Spanish and translations in English)
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Teaching resources in Spanish and English


  • Five oral history interviews
  • An album of photos from the Alexander Family
  • Booklet commemorating the history of St. Maron Church


  • Profile of Sonia Tsvetkoff


  • Seven family stories, with audio excerpts from interviews
  • A gallery of immigration documents and family photos from one Mexican-American family

New Immigrants

  • Women of the World: A Photographic Journey of New Americans in the Mahoning Valley
  • Profile of Afuhia’IMasilamea “Rocky” Misiu Taumoepeau