Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-2012  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Williams, Gerald W.
Title
Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps
Dates
1933-2012 (inclusive)
1933-2001 (bulk)
Quantity
1.8 cubic feet, including 258 photographs, 2 sound recordings, 5 VHS videotapes and 2 DVDs, (5 boxes, including 1 oversize box, and 2 map folders)
Collection Number
MSS CCC
Summary
The Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps is made up of publications, photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, architectural drawings, artifacts, DVDs, sound recordings, and VHS videotapes documenting various Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps and enrollees in Oregon and other states. These materials were acquired by U.S. Forest Service Historian Gerald W. Williams.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Established in 1933 as one of President Franklin Roosevelt's governmental "New Deal" agencies designed to stimulate the depressed national economy, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed 3.4 million men over a period of 9 years in a variety of projects throughout the United States. The camps resided on public lands managed by the federal and state government and the projects primarily entailed land improvement efforts such as the development of park infrastructure, erosion control measures, road building, and reforestation. There were a total of 4500 camps nationwide with about 300 in Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps consists of materials acquired by U.S. Forest Service Historian Gerald W. Williams that document the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program in Oregon and other states. This collection is made up of publications, photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, architectural drawings, artifacts, DVDs, sound recordings, and VHS videotapes that reflect the CCC program during its operation from 1933 to 1942 as well as in later decades in oral histories with CCC enrollees. Documentation of everyday life and activities in the CCC camps can be found in camp newsletters, photographs, newspaper clippings, and artifacts. Recollections by CCC enrollees are captured in some of the publications, newspaper clippings, reports, sound recordings, VHS videotapes, and DVDs. These items also contain contextual information about the overall history of the CCC program and it's impact upon the country. 

Oregon CCC Camps documented in this collection include: Camp Belknap, Mist, Camp Kerby, Fall Creek, Odell Lake, Camp Gunter, Camp Nehalem, and Camp Cascadia.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservaton Corps (MSS CCC), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Publications, 1933-2012Return to Top

Series 1 is made up of publications documenting the CCC that were published during the program's operation and later as historical studies with CCC enrollees. In addition to newsletters published at various Oregon CCC camps, this series includes: books, brochures, newspapers, magazines, and a manual.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1.1
Book: The CCC Camps in West Virginia: 1933-1942
Milton Harr
1992
1.2
Book: Once In a Lifetime: A Guide To The CCC Camp
Ned H. Dearborn
1936
1.3
Book: We Can Take It: A Short Story of The CCC
Ray Hoyt
1935
1.4
Brochures and Event Programs
2001
1.5
Camp Newsletters
1933-1936
1.6
Camp Newsletters
1936-1941
1.7
Foxfire Journal: Civilian Conservation Corps Editions-Volumes 1 and 2
1982-1983
1.8
A Guide to Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Newspapers
The Center for Research Libraries.
1991
1.9
A Guide to Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Newspapers
1991
3.1
Roosevelt's Tree Army: A Brief History of the Civilian Conservation Corps
National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni
2000
3.2
The Review Newspaper
CCC Vancouver Barracks District newspaper. Vol. 4, No. 78. July 15, 1940
1940
3.4
Happy Days
The National Weekly Publication of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Ten issues published from November 8, 1941 through January 10, 1942 document the changes that were underway at the CCC prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the immediate impact on the program in late 1941 and early 1942.
1941-1942
2.1
Yearbook for CCC Company 927
A photocopy. Yearbook contains photographs depicting CCC projects in Oregon. McKenzie River area.
1937
2.2
Conservation Corps Manual and Related Instructions-North Central Region
1933-1934
2.3
CCC Legacy Journal
2012
2.4
Time Magazine
Coverstory and "newsmaker" of the week is Robert Fechner, CCC director. Vol. 33, No. 6. February 6, 1939
1939

Series 2:  Reports, 1938-1982Return to Top

Series 2 is made up of reports addressing CCC activity in Oregon parks, the Klamath National Forest, and Wisconsin. There is also a study of the financial administration of the CCC program in New England.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2.5
Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest: Volume IV-The CCC Decade
R. W. Bower
1982
2.6
An Audit of the New Deal in New England
Statistical Department of the New England Council.
1934
2.7
A Study of Parks, Parkways and Recreational Areas of Oregon: Volume I-Present Development
The State Parks Commission and the Oregon State Planning Board
1938
2.8
Future Forest Towns In Northern Wisconsin: The Passing of the Sawmill Towns
R. B. Goodman
1933

Series 3:  Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1986Return to Top

Series 3 consists of clippings from various newspapers and other publications featuring stories about events in Oregon CCC camps, poems by CCC enrollees, and accounts from enrollees recalling their experiences. About half of the clippings were published in the U. S. Forest Service publication Six Twenty Six.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2.9
Newspaper Clippings
1933-1986

Series 4:  Photographs, 1933-2001Return to Top

Series 4 is made up of photographic images depicting CCC camps throughout the U.S. and reunions of enrollees. In addition to group shots, there are views of enrollees working on projects, camp facilities, and examples of logos and posters publicizing the program. The photographs number 36 prints and 222 slides.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2.10
Photographs
1933-1935
2.11
Photographs
1979-2001
map-folder
6
Photographs
Oversized prints.
1933-1938

Series 5:  Ephemera, 1933-1939Return to Top

Series 5 contains camp member lists, service documentation from various CCC enrollees, and other paper-based ephemera.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2.12
Ephemera
1933-1939

Series 6:  Artifacts, 1933-1938Return to Top

Series 6 is made up of lapel pins, patches, and buttons worn by CCC enrollees and camp staff. This series also includes coinage used for exchange at the camps and a board game inspired by the CCC program "The Forest Ranger Game in Connection with the CCC Camps."

Container(s) Description Dates
box-item
4
Patches, Lapel Pins, and Buttons
1933-1938
3.3
Board Game: The Forest Ranger Game in Connection with the CCC Camps
circa 1938

Series 7:  Architectural Drawings, 1933Return to Top

Series 7 consists of a set of architectural drawings outlining the details for a CCC camp oriented toward reforestation projects. Numbering 13 sheets in total, the drawings contain construction details and building specifications for various camp structures.

Container(s) Description Dates
map-folder
7
Architectural Drawings
1933

Series 8:  Maps, 1933-1941Return to Top

Series 8 is made up of three maps of the continental United States depicting the location of CCC camps throughout the country, the number of enrollees in each state, the types of public land where the camps resided, and the location of CCC central repair shops.

Container(s) Description Dates
map-folder
7
Maps
1933-1941

Series 9:  Sound Recordings, 1983Return to Top

Series 9 is made up of two cassette sound recordings containing interviews with CCC enrollees at the 1983 Oregon State Fair.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-item
5.1
Oregon State Fair-CCC Enrollees
Tape 1 of 2.
1983
5.2
Oregon State Fair-CCC Enrollees
Tape 2 of 2.
1983

Series 10:  VHS Videotapes, 1993-1999Return to Top

Series 10 contains five films on VHS videotape about CCC camps in the Pacific Northwest, Virginia, Michigan, and the program's nationwide impact.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-item
5.3
CCC: A Letter Home
Northwest Interpretative Association. Original production by the U.S. Forest Service (8:20)
Undated
5.4
Forests and Men: The President's Conservation Corps at Work
Original produced in 1933. (10:27)
undated
5.5
Camp Forgotten: The Cilivian Conservation Corps in Michigan
Forgotten Films.
1993
5.6
The CCC Boys.
Episode of "Living in Virginia." WVPT Video Library
1999
5.7
The New Deal-CCC.
A recording of a Bill Moyers program. Also includes other Moyers' shows "World War I-U.S. Home Front" and "World War I-Airplanes and Aces."
circa 1984

Series 11:  DVDs, 2005-2008Return to Top

Series 11 contains 2 DVDs produced by the U.S. Forest Service about the Civilian Conservation Corps program.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-item
5.8
The Civilian Conservation Corps At Work: Oregon-Washington
2005
5.9
A Great and Lasting Good: A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps
2008

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • New Deal, 1933-1939.
  • Personal Names :
  • Fechner, Robert, 1876-1939.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--Periodicals.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Klamath National Forest (Calif. and Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Architectural drawings (visual works)
  • Cultural artifacts.
  • DVDs.
  • Ephemera.
  • Identifying artifacts.
  • Maps.
  • Oral histories (document genres)
  • Photographic prints.
  • Slides.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Video recordings.