Researching Your Civilian Conservation Corps Relative

Interested in researching your Civilian Conservation Corps relative?

Try the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee Records.

The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, and to relieve their families who could not find work during the Great Depression in the United States, all while improving and conserving open space and parklands.

researching your ccc relative

Poster by Albert M. Bender, Illinois WPA Art Project Chicago (1935) (Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division digital ID ppmsca.12896)

The young men of the CCC provided unskilled manual labor for conservation of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. Enrollees worked 40 hours a week over five days, sometimes including Saturdays. In return they received $30 a month with a compulsory allotment of $22–25 sent to a family dependent, as well as food, clothing, and medical care.

In 1933, FDR issued an executive order expanding the CCC program to admit veterans, upon certification by Veterans Administration. They could be any age, and married or single if they needed work. These men received additional pay –ranging from $36 to $45 per month – depending on their rating.

The American public made the CCC the most popular of all the New Deal programs. Principal benefits of an individual’s enrollment in the CCC included improved physical condition, heightened morale, and increased employability. The CCC also led to a greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation’s natural resources.

Enrollees planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed trails, lodges and related facilities in more than 800 parks nationwide and upgraded most state parks, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas.

Researching Your Civilian Conservation Corps Relative

1. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee Records, Archival Holdings and Access

Located at the regional National Archives in St. Louis, available only by by written request.

Click this link to download the request form and instructions here.

The retrieval and copying of the records are fee-based:

5 pages or less: $25 flat fee
6 pages or more: $70 flat fee

2. Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy Website

3. American Experience PBS series Civilian Conservation Corps Documentarye

4. The Civilian Conservation Corps: The History of the New Deal’s Famous Jobs Program During the Great Depression

What did you find researching your Civilian Conservation Corps relative? Let me know.

6 Comments

  1. Jose 20 April 2017 at 1:24 PM - Reply

    Interesting information. Thank you for posting.

    • Nancy 20 April 2017 at 1:32 PM - Reply

      Glad it helps. Let me know what you find.

  2. Rick Gleason 25 April 2017 at 8:44 PM - Reply

    Great information! I have an uncle I was very close to who was in the CCC. Signing on among his best decisiins.

    It hadn’t even occurred to me to research this aspect of his life… until now.

    Thank you!

    • Nancy 26 April 2017 at 3:36 PM - Reply

      I hope you find some great info, Rick.

  3. Michael 29 April 2017 at 8:51 AM - Reply

    I was just in Shenandoah National Park a few weeks ago, and saw commemorative plaques for the CCC crews that originally created and maintained the areas that eventually became the larger park. Glad to learn these records exist!

    • Nancy Loe 12 February 2018 at 8:50 PM - Reply

      The work they did is incredible. Go to enough parks and you can pick out a CCC bridge without even trying.

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