Guide to the Civilian Conservation Corps Collection
NMAH.AC.0930

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0930
Creators:
Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.).
National Association of Cilivian Conservation Corps Alumni
Ward, C.E.
Dates:
1933-2006
bulk 1933-1942
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
155 cubic feet
330 boxes, 57 map folders
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was created as part of the New Deal legislation initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. The Corps was a public work relief program for unemployed men designed to eradicate some of the high unemployment brought about by the Great Depression. The Corps carried out a broad natural resource conservation program on national, state, and municipal lands from 1933 to 1942.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographic materials, including loose photos, slides, snapshots, group photos, panoramic photos, and albums and binders of photographs; printed materials, including newspapers published by individual companies, camps and districts, and the national CCC newspaper, "Happy Days"; materials documenting each camp, including camp histories, personal memoirs, blueprints of camps and projects worked on; the papers of C.E. Ward, Educational Director of the CCC's 3rd Corps, which document the planning and implementation of educational activities in that region; miscellaneous materials, including camp rosters, cartoons, menus, poems, pamphlets, booklets, magazines, manuals, enrollee discharge papers, work logs, and sheet music; and other more recent materials such as research papers, books on the CCC, selected audiotape and video interviews with some of the alumni; and other miscellaneous items.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The Collection is divided into xx series:
Series 1: Scrapbooks,
Series 2: State Material
Series 3: Newsletters and Periodicals
Series 4: Photographs, 1933-2006, undated
Subseries 4.1, Photograph Albums
Subseries 4.2, Panoramic Photographs
Series, Organizational Files, 1922-1995
Subseries , Administration, 1923-1994
Subseries , Affiliates and Offices, 1922-1964
Series , Subject Files, 1851-1990

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
New Deal era program, created in 1933 to relieve unemployment by providing national conservation work for young, unmarried men. Projects included planting trees, bulding flood barriers, combating forest fires, maintaining forest roads and trails, and building recreational facilities in U.S. parks. In 1942, with the Great Depression over and America involved in World War II, the CCC had outlived its usefulness and was abolished.

Administration
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr. archives specialist, assisted by Kendra Ciccone, Ashley Davies, Helena Iles, Emily Wossener interns, and Sarah Allen, volunteer; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist 2010-2017.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collection donated by National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni in 2006.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Civilian Conservation Corps Collection, 1933-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
The National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni, a group formed in 1977, saved the artifacts and papers from the alumni.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Audiovisual materials Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blueprints--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Books Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cartoons (humorous images) Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Conservation of natural resources--1930-1950 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Depressions--1929--United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Logs (records) Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Magazines (periodicals)--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuals Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Memoirs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Menus Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National parks and reserves Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Deal, 1933-1939 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newsletters Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newspapers Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Panoramas Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Poems Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosters Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheet music--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
State parks Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu