skip to main content
Oregon State University
Special Collections and Archives
Research Center

Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-2012View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1933-2001

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.

The oversize prints in Series 4, Map Folder 01, have been digitized and are available upon request.

Extent: 1.9 cubic feet
More Extent Information
Scope and Content Notes
Biographical / Historical Notes
Statement on Access: This collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps (MSS CCC), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: Originally described as part of the Gerald W. Williams Collection, these materials were separated in 2016 from the Williams Collection to form this new collection.
Languages of Materials

Container List

Series 1: Publications, 1933-2012 Add to Shelf
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.
Box-Folder 1.1: Book: The CCC Camps in West Virginia: 1933-1942, 1992 Add to Shelf
Milton Harr
Box-Folder 1.2: Book: Once In a Lifetime: A Guide To The CCC Camp, 1936 Add to Shelf
Ned H. Dearborn
Box-Folder 1.3: Book: We Can Take It: A Short Story of The CCC, 1935 Add to Shelf
Ray Hoyt
Box-Folder 1.4: Brochures and Event Programs, 2001 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.5: Camp Newsletters, 1933-1936 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.6: Camp Newsletters, 1936-1941 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.7: Foxfire Journal: Civilian Conservation Corps Editions-Volumes 1 and 2, 1982-1983 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.8: A Guide to Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Newspapers, 1991 Add to Shelf
The Center for Research Libraries.
Box-Folder 1.9: A Guide to Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Newspapers, 1991 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.1: Roosevelt's Tree Army: A Brief History of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 2000 Add to Shelf
National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni
Box-Folder 3.2: The Review Newspaper, 1940 Add to Shelf
CCC Vancouver Barracks District newspaper. Vol. 4, No. 78. July 15, 1940
Box-Folder 3.4: Happy Days, 1941-1942 Add to Shelf
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.
Box-Folder 2.1: Yearbook for CCC Company 927, 1937 Add to Shelf
A photocopy. Yearbook contains photographs depicting CCC projects in Oregon. McKenzie River area.
Box-Folder 2.2: Conservation Corps Manual and Related Instructions-North Central Region, 1933-1934 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.3: CCC Legacy Journal, 2012 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.4: Time Magazine, 1939 Add to Shelf
Cover story and "newsmaker" of the week is Robert Fechner, CCC director. Vol. 33, No. 6. February 6, 1939
Box-Folder 6.1: Official Annual - Vancouver Barracks, 1937 Add to Shelf
For the Vancouver Barracks CCC District, Ninth Corps Area with headquarters at the Vancouver Barracks, Washington.  This District covered Oregon and the Columbia River Basin in Washington and included 28 companies of enrollees.
Series 2: Reports, 1938-1982 Add to Shelf
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.
Box-Folder 2.5: Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest: Volume IV-The CCC Decade, 1982 Add to Shelf
R. W. Bower
Box-Folder 2.6: An Audit of the New Deal in New England, 1934 Add to Shelf
Statistical Department of the New England Council.
Box-Folder 2.7: A Study of Parks, Parkways and Recreational Areas of Oregon: Volume I-Present Development, 1938 Add to Shelf
The State Parks Commission and the Oregon State Planning Board
Box-Folder 2.8: Future Forest Towns In Northern Wisconsin: The Passing of the Sawmill Towns, 1933 Add to Shelf
R. B. Goodman
Series 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1986 Add to Shelf
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.
Box-Folder 2.9: Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1986 Add to Shelf
Series 4: Photographs, 1933-2001 Add to Shelf

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.

The oversize prints in Map Folder 01 have been digitized and are available upon request.

Box-Folder 2.10: Photographs, 1933-1935 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.11: Photographs, 1979-2001 Add to Shelf
Map-Folder 1: Photographs, 1933-1938 Add to Shelf
Oversized prints. The prints in this folder have been digitized and are available upon request.
Series 5: Ephemera, 1933-1939 Add to Shelf
Series 5 contains camp member lists, service documentation from various CCC enrollees, a discharge certificate, and other paper-based ephemera.
Box-Folder 2.12: Ephemera, 1933-1939 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.13: Certificate of Discharge, 1939 Add to Shelf
Discharge certificate for John Iskerk from Camp Long Lake (Wisconsin).  Certificate in poor condition.
Series 6: Artifacts, 1933-1938 Add to Shelf
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."
Box-Item 4: Patches, Lapel Pins, and Buttons, 1933-1938 Add to Shelf
Box-Item 3.3: Board Game: The Forest Ranger Game in Connection with the CCC Camps, circa 1938 Add to Shelf
Series 7: Architectural Drawings, 1933 Add to Shelf
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.
Map-Folder 2: Architectural Drawings, 1933 Add to Shelf
Series 8: Maps, 1933-1941 Add to Shelf
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.
Map-Folder 2: Maps, 1933-1941 Add to Shelf
Series 9: Sound Recordings, 1983 Add to Shelf
Series 9 is made up of two cassette sound recordings containing interviews with CCC enrollees at the 1983 Oregon State Fair.
Box-Item 5.1: Oregon State Fair-CCC Enrollees, 1983 Add to Shelf
Tape 1 of 2.
Box-Item 5.2: Oregon State Fair-CCC Enrollees, 1983 Add to Shelf
Tape 2 of 2.
Series 10: VHS Videotapes, 1993-1999 Add to Shelf
Series 10 contains five films on VHS videotape about CCC camps in the Pacific Northwest, Virginia, Michigan, and the program's nationwide impact.
Box-Item 5.3: CCC: A Letter Home, Undated Add to Shelf
Northwest Interpretative Association. Original production by the U.S. Forest Service (8:20)
Box-Item 5.4: Forests and Men: The President's Conservation Corps at Work, undated Add to Shelf
Original produced in 1933. (10:27)
Box-Item 5.5: Camp Forgotten: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan, 1993 Add to Shelf
Forgotten Films.
Box-Item 5.6: The CCC Boys., 1999 Add to Shelf
Episode of "Living in Virginia." WVPT Video Library
Box-Item 5.7: The New Deal-CCC., circa 1984 Add to Shelf
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."
Series 11: DVDs, 2005-2008 Add to Shelf
Series 11 contains 2 DVDs produced by the U.S. Forest Service about the Civilian Conservation Corps program.
Box-Item 5.8: The Civilian Conservation Corps At Work: Oregon-Washington, 2005 Add to Shelf
Box-Item 5.9: A Great and Lasting Good: A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 2008 Add to Shelf