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Edward J. Reiger Civilian Conservation Corps Photograph Album, 1935-1936
- Reiger, Edward J.
- Edward J. Reiger Civilian Conservation Corps Photograph Album
- 1935-1936 (inclusive)19351936
- 0.15 cubic feet, including 83 photographs, (1 oversize box)
- Collection Number
- P 322
- The Edward J. Reiger Civilian Conservation Corps Photograph Album consists of photographic prints collected by Reiger while enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1935-1936. The images document two CCC camps located in Oregon: Camp Emigrant Springs and Camp Prescott.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Edward J. Reiger was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1912. Prior to enrolling in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935, he worked as an auto mechanic. While working for the CCC, Reiger was stationed at two camps in Oregon: Camp Emigrant Springs and Camp Prescott. In April 1936, Reiger was discharged from the CCC based upon the expiration of his term of enrollment.
Between 1933 and 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed over 3 million men to work on projects across the United States. As part of Roosevelt's New Deal, this federal program offered manual labor employment on projects primarily focused on the conservation and development of natural resources. About 300 camps were located in Oregon.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Edward J. Reiger Civilian Conservation Corps Photograph Album consists of 83 captioned black and white photographic prints. The images were collected by Edward J. Reiger during his service in the Civilian Conservation Corps. In May 1935, Reiger was assigned to Camp Emigrant Springs near Meacham, Oregon where he worked on sheep trail construction. In November 1935, Reiger transferred to Camp Prescott near Medford, Oregon where he worked as an auto mechanic until April 1936. Subjects depicted in the photographs include Reiger with his fellow camp mates, camp buildings, trail construction, leisure activities such as hunting and playing games, the 1935 Pendleton Round-Up, and the physical landscape of eastern and southern Oregon. The collection also includes photographs of his brother, John Reiger, while he was stationed at a different Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Grants Pass, Oregon. In addition, the collection contains Edward Reiger's CCC Record of Service and Certificate of Discharge documents.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Edward J. Reiger Civilian Conservation Corps Photograph Album (P 322), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The Edward J. Reiger Civilian Conservation Corps Photograph Album was donated to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in 2016 by Shirley Rodnitzky, a daughter of Edward Reiger.
The OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center has several collections documenting CCC camps in Oregon. The Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-2012 (MSS CCC) contains materials related to camps in Oregon as well as other states. The Royal G. Jackson Papers, circa 1902-1992 (MSS JacksonR) contains materials, including oral history interviews and photographs, related to CCC members stationed in Oregon at Camp Arboretum and Camp Newport. A few folders in the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) contain newspaper clippings, newsletters, maps and certificates related to the CCC.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- New Deal, 1933-1939.
- Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
- Jackson County (Or.)
- Umatilla County (Or.)
Form or Genre Terms
- Photograph albums.
- Photographic prints.