Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
by Rita Baladad, Librarian, Cooperative Purchasing and Electronic Resources Services, Minitex
eLibrary Minnesota Resources (for Minnesota residents)
- "Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)." Britannica Library. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.
- "Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)." Gale Encyclopedia of U. S. Economic History. Ed. Thomas Riggs. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2015. 242-244. Student Resources in Context. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.
- Jackson, Donald Dale. "They were poor, hungry, and they built to last," Smithsonian. Dec 94, Vol. 25 Issue 9, p66. 9p. Academic Search Premier. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.
- McIntosh, Phyllis. The Corps of Conservation. National Parks. Sep/Oct 2001, Vol. 75 Issue 9/10, p23. 5p. Academic Search Premier. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. "Roosevelt on the Third Anniversary of the CCC, 1936." The Great Depression and the New Deal. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Media, 1999. American Journey. Student Resources in Context. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.
- Wojahn, Rebecca Hogue. "Closing the camps." Cobblestone. Apr. 2005: 30+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.
Additional Resources for Research
- Gower, Calvin W. "The CCC Indian Division: Aid for Depressed Americans, 1933-1942," Minnesota History, Spring 1972, Vol. 43, No. 1. Web. 2 Jun. 2016.
- Neatrour, Anna. Roosevelt's Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps. Digital Public Library of America. September 2015. Internet resource.
- Salmond, John A. The Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1967. Print.
- Sommer, Barbara W. Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota. MNHS Press, 2008. Print.
- Speakman, Joseph M. "Into the Woods: The First Year of the Civilian Conservation Corps," National Archives Prologue Magazine, Fall 2006, Vol. 38, No. 3. Web. 2 Jun. 2016.
- Swain, Gwenyth. "Forest Builders." Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, Jan-Feb 2010. Web. 2 Jun. 2016.
- Sypolt, Larry N. Civilian Conservation Corps: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT, Praeger, 2005. Print.
Teaching Guide: Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
Primary Source Analysis
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- the author's point of view
- the author's purpose
- historical context
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- What was the purpose of the Civilian Conservation Corps?
- What are some of the other projects completed in Minnesota by the Civilian Conservation Corps? What are some projects that the CCC could work on today?
- Based on these images, who were the CCC volunteers? Why were the Civilian Conservation Corps volunteers young men? See the Big Lake Breeze February 15, 1937 newsletter, page 2 "Camp Data"; did your idea of a CCC volunteer match up with this description?
- See the Tres Lacs March 1939 newsletter, page 4 and the Vets Call February 20, 1940 newsletter, page 3; why did the Civilian Conservation Corps work camps provide classes and libraries for the volunteers?
- Were the Civilian Conservation Corps a successful program? Why or why not?
- The CCC Clouquet "Big Lake Breeze" newsletter had a column called "Around the Globe," a summary of current events. See April 15, 1937, page 16 and May 15, 1937, page 8. Reading these news snippets decades later with a historical perspective, what do you notice?