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Discharge Papers and Camp Records

In order to conduct research on a CCC member or enrollee, a discharge paper is essential as it will have the individual's record of assignments, promotions and assigned camps.  Sometimes, an enrollee may have served in more than one company or camp.  The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a federal government agency that has some copies of CCC company records and copies of discharge papers of CCC enrollees. Detailed information on how to acquire discharge records can be found on the Civilian Conservation Legacy website.  A death certificate is no longer needed.   You may go to http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/archival-programs/civilian-personnel-archival/ccc-holdings-access.html or go to http://www.cccalumni.org/research.htm for instructions on how to proceed.  You should check both to make sure you have covered the necessary steps.  Once you know what company or companies an enrollee was in and for what time period, you can request copies of company records from NARA.  These are brief summaries of enrollment figures, reports on morale including such things as absence without official leave (AWOL), and other such information but they do not contain information about individuals.

Also consult the following important link on how to get records of individuals:

JAMES F. JUSTIN CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS MUSEUM : HOW TO RESEARCH THE CCCs

                                                                                                                              


Camp
Newspapers

The more interesting information about the companies and their daily life is found in camp newspapers.  The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has copies on microfiche and microfilm that you can obtain copies of.  You can find fiche readers in most libraries or you can sometimes get one  on eBay for a reasonable fee.  Lorraine Farley  farley@crl.edu is the contact at CRL and she can tell you what camp newspapers they have.  You can actually search their records online yourself at http://www.crl.edu/.  Select "Search Collection Databases" from the menu on the left.  There is a fee to obtain copies of fiche cards or microfilm reels.



State of West Virginia Holdings

The following resources are available from archives and other state holdings.

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection I. Letters written by Jack Lambert, Camp Black Mountain, Marlinton, Co. 2589 (photocopies), 1937. 18 items. Colene Heim, Hurricane. Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. Reports and other correspondence with Washington regarding Kanawha State Forest; 1992 history and natural history of Kanawha State Forest; (photocopies), 1938-42, 1992. 1 folder. Unknown Donor. Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. Scrapbook compiled by Raymond Cross of Hardy County; newsletters from Cacapon State Park, Camp Bowers, Camp Copperhead, Camp Laurel Fork, Camp Neola, Camp Tygart, Camp Logan (photocopies), ca. 1936-41. 2 volumes. Calvin White, Charleston. Ms85-17acc

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Civilian Conservation Corps Collection II. Discharges for Robert Evans of Princeton and newsletter from Camp Duck Creek at White Sulphur Springs, MT where he served, 1935-37. 3 items. Allen Keyser. Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. Newsletter from Co. 2598 at Camp Price, Droop Mountain, (photocopy), 1936. 1 item. Anna Atkins. *Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. Newsletters from Co. 3527 at Kingwood and at Camp Rhododendron, (photocopies), 1936-37. 2 items. Larry Sypolt. Ms85-17acc

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http://www.wvculture.org/goldenseal/gseal3.html

The Civilian Conservation Corps and Babcock State Park 7:1;p51

"A Good Part of Life": Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps 7:1;p42

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West Virginia Memory Project

Search the database for Civilian Conservation Corps

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Civilian Conservation Corps Collection III. Company 2598 Camp Price, Hillsboro, newsletters, research notes on CCC (photocopies), 1935-1937, undated. 1 box. Transfer from library. Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. Journal kept at Company 2590, Neola, 1935. 1 volume. Ralph Matz, Chillicothe, OH. Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps, World War II. Remembrances of Rondall Snodgrass of CCC Company 2599 Kanawha State Forest and WWII experiences in Pacific Theater (photocopies), 1938-1945. 2 items. Mary Louise King, Charleston. Ms2004-136

Civilian Conservation Corps. Copy negatives of Company 1599, Kanawha State Forest, 1930s. 23 items. J. C. Gofeli, Cream Ridge, NJ. Ph85-17acc

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Civilian Conservation Corps Collection IV

Camp War: Remembering CCC Company 3538-C Winter;27:4;p22

The Civilian Conservation Corps and Babcock State Park 7:1;p51

Company 3538-C Reunion Winter;27:4;p26

"A Good Part of Life" Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps 7:1;p42

The Man Who Fed the Animals: Nap Holbrook and the Early Days at Watoga 17:2;p50

"Nothing But Just Fighting": The 1936 CCC Race Riot Winter;27:4;p30

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Civilian Conservation Corps Collection V. Christmas menu for Camp 1522, Clifftop; 8th annual reunion Watoga State Park (photocopies), 1940, 1998. 2 items. Ralph Matz, Chillicothe, OH. Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. 50th Anniversary materials, brochures, correspondence and reports for Camp SCS-12 at Jane Lew, SCS 6 at Ripley, S-77 at Panther, S-76 at Kanawha State Forest, P-60 at Reedy formerly Cowen, F-23 at Durbin, F-24 at Whitmer, P-60 at Oak Hill, 808-3 at Moundsville, Camp Cranberry, Camp Alpena, Camp Glady, Camp Randolph, Camp P-65 at Panther; 1933-1987. 1 folder. Milton Harr, Charleston. Ms85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. B&W, probably Camp Pocahontas at Cass, some showing work at Seneca State Forest, mid 1930s. 7 items. Mary Catherine Lowder-Bailey via Gene Harper, Charleston. Ph85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. Color snapshots of camp locations including Watoga, Randolph, Alvon, Jackson, Woodbine, Copperhead, Twelvepole, 1980s. 1 folder. Milton Harr, Charleston. Ph85-17acc

Civilian Conservation Corps Collection. Copy negatives of various camps, ca. 1935-41. 81 items. Calvin White, Charleston. Ph85-17acc

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Farley, Yvonne Snyder
The Civilian Conservation Corps and Babcock State Park 7:1;p51
"A Good Part of Life": Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps 7:1;p42

http://www.wvculture.org/goldenseal/gsauthor.html

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Remember...
Lawrence E. Perry
1921-1945

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Civilian Conservation Corps Collection VI. Album of Camp Wyoming, Camp 1538, Pineville, belonging to Captain John P. West, 1934-1935. 1 item. Ben Marshall, Charleston. Ph85-17acc

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Civilian Conservation Corps Collection VII. Panoramic and B&W of Company 2587, Camp F-8, Sugar Grove, WV, 1930s. 7 items. Homer J. Tennant, Solvang, CA. Ph85-17acc

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Civilian Conservation Corps Collection VIII. Diaries, publications, ca. 1931-1942. 2 boxes.    Ms85-17

Civilian Conservation Corps, World War II. Remembrances of Rondall Snodgrass of CCC Company 2599 Kanawha State Forest and WWII experiences in Pacific Theater (photocopies), 1938-1945. 2 items.     Ms2004-136

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THE C. C. C. Camps in West Virginia 1933-1942. By Milton Harr (by the author, 1583 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 1992. Pp. 59. $3.95 plus postage and handling.)

This small publication will serve as an authoritative ready reference to the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in West Virginia. The brief introduction describes the camp structure and organization for the sixty-six camp sites located in the state. There is also information on the camp numbering system, types of camps, the process of selecting and ranking enrollees and a description of the average camp buildings and arrangements. Five agencies operated camps in West Virginia. The United States Forest Service had twenty- two camps, the Division of Forestry, Conservation Commission had twenty-six, sixteen on private and ten on state lands, and the State Parks of the same agency had eight camps. The United States Soil Conservation Service operated eleven on private farm lands and the Army Corps of Engineers had one camp located at the Bluestone Reservoir. Mr. Harr provides a brief description of each camp within these classifications, giving its dates of operation, exact location, some of the personnel, and activities performed. At least five of the camps were integrated, one was for black youth only, and only two were for veterans of World War I. The designation system used alerts the reader to each of these, as well as the type of camp. The publication includes handy compilations of all the camps, their type and location. There are also a few photographs and an outline map for site reference.



In addition to the above, to get a full picture of CCC life, visit the other sites on the Links page and read some of the books on CCC life.  You can find a short list of those for West Virginia on the Other Resources page.



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