1930s Civilian Conservation Corps
1930s "CCC Boy" statue at the headquarters of today's CCC
The Civilian Conservation Corps was created by President Franklin Roosevelt in March 1933, just three weeks after he took office.
The country was in the midst of the Depression, and the CCC put unemployed young men to work and revitalized the country’s natural resources.
The 1930s enrollees, or “CCC boys” as they were often called, earned $30 a month with $25 sent home to their families
From 1933-1942 three million men were part of the “Tree Army.” They built trails, roads, campgrounds and parks; planted trees; protected stream banks; tackled soil erosion projects; and fought fires and floods.
In California, the CCC built most of the state parks we enjoy today, including Big Basin, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, Pfeiffer Big Sur, Cuyamaca Rancho and many more. The CCC also rebuilt the La Purísima Mission near Lompoc in one of the largest historical restoration projects in the country.
Along with their work, CCC enrollees also took academic and vocational classes.
The Civilian Conservation Corps left an environmental legacy taken up by today’s California CCC and the many local corps programs.
The California Conservation Corps is proud to have a bronze 6-foot statue of a CCC Boy in its lobby at 1719 24th Street, Sacramento. It is one of 65 such statues in the United States and the only one in California. The statue was donated by Robert Griffiths, who joined the CCC in 1935 and was a co-founder of the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni. Griffiths passed away in 2014.
Getting Copies of CCC Records
If a member of your family was in the original CCC, it’s possible to get copies of his discharge papers and other records from his CCC days through the National Archives and Records Administration.
There is a charge: five pages or less is $20; six pages or more is $60. Most CCC records are more than five pages.
You will need to send the enrollee’s name (last, first, middle or nickname), birthdate, and if you know it, when he joined the CCC, location of camp and/or company numbers, and his separation date. Death certificates are no longer required but may speed up the process. Sign and date your request and mail to:
National Archives and Records Administration
National Personnel Records Center
Attn. Civilian Conservation Corps Records
111 Winnebago Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
Fax requests will be accepted at (314) 801-9269 but a signature must be included. You’ll be notified as to fees and payment methods.