FDR’s Alphabet Soup – Records of the Great Depression

Cath Madden Trindle

CCC – Civilian Conservation Corps



The Civilian Conservation Corps was created to provide employment and vocational training for needy young men through work in the conservation and development of natural resources.

2.5 million young men and 8,500 women (1934-1937) worked on environmental projects earning $30 per month. Of that they received $5 and the rest was sent home to their families.  The aim was to remove the surplus of workers from cities, provide healthy conditions for the boys and  provide money for families. The program was transferred to the Department of Agriculture. Part of FSA. Seceded the the Emergency Conservation Work.

A fellow Trindle researcher, Wesley Trindal, has written some wonderful stories about growing up in CCC camps.  His father ran the camp and his mother would cook for the boys.  As you look for records for your family members, remember the memoirs, diaries and letters that might be hiding in collections around the country.    Think about newspapers / Newsletters, one example is the CCC News, A weekly newspaper for the Civilian Conservation Corps, Fort MacArthur District.

▸ Records for Enrollees in the Civilian Conservation Corps are housed at the National Archives in St. Louis.

The CCC probably has more websites devoted to it than any other New Deal Agency.  A few of the multitude are listed below, but don’t stop there.  Use your search engine to search for the states and camps your ancestors might have been in.  Remember that the young men were often sent far from home.

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