Abstract

The C.C.C. was a relief program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist unemployed men through the worst years of the Great Depression. In Massachusetts, the C.C.C. was largely engaged in tree planting, fire fighting, insect control, and tree and plant disease control. Contains photographs arranged alphabetically by forest name that depict road building, tree planting, and other developments in the state forests. Includes some images of workers.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275
413-545-2780
Civilian Conservation Corps in Massachusetts Photograph Collection
1930s
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Call no.: PH 015

Background on Civilian Conservation Corps

The Emergency Conservation Work (March 31, 1933 - Jan. 1, 1942; renamed, Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937) was just one of the many relief programs established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to aid in the effort to curb rising unemployment and to lift the "spiritual" morale of the country. Rather than create an autonomous governing agency, Roosevelt used the existing departments of War, Agriculture, Interior, and Labor and established an Advisory Council, consisting of representatives from each of these departments. The U.S. Army oversaw the Emergency Conservation Work and Civilian Conservation Corps camps established by the Council.

In Massachusetts the main work accomplished was in tree planting, fire fighting, and tree and plant disease and insect control, although several recreational facilities were also built in the forests and parks. Enrollment in Massachusetts exceeded 99,500 men. An average of 28 camps a year were operated with a total financial obligation within the state of more than $45,100,000. The CCC ceased conservation work on January 1, 1942 as more and more men enlisted into military service for World War II.

Contents of Collection

The Archives and Manuscripts collection consists of photographs arranged alphabetically by forest name.

Collection inventory
Beartown Forest


Box 1: 1
Brimfield State Forest


Box 1: 2
Chester State Forest


Box 1: 3
Daughters of the American Revolution Forest


Box 1: 4
Erving State Forest


Box 1: 5
Foxborough State Forest


Box 1: 6
Granville State Forest


Box 1: 7
Harold Parker State Forest


Box 1: 8
Leominster State Forest


Box 1: 9
Martha's Vineyard Forest


Box 1: 10
Mohawk Trail Forest


Box 1: 11
Monroe State Forest


Box 1: 12
Mount Greylock Forest


Box 1: 13
Myles Standish


Box 1: 14
Oakham State Forest


Box 1: 15
October Mountain


Box 1: 16
Otis State Forest


Box 1: 17
Otter River State Forest


Box 1: 18
Pittsfield Forest


Box 1: 19
Sandisfield State Forest


Box 1: 20
Shawme State Forest


Box 1: 21
Spencer Forest


Box 1: 22
Wendell State Forest


Box 1: 23
Willard Brook


Box 1: 24
Windsor


Box 1: 25
Miscellaneous


Box 1: 26
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Brayton Wilson, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Martha Grier-Deen, June 1987.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Civilian Conservation Corps in Massachusetts Photograph Collection (MS 160). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Forest roads--Massachusetts--Design and construction--Photographs.
  • Forests and forestry--Massachusetts--Photographs.
  • New Deal, 1933-1939--Massachusetts--History--Sources.
  • Tree planting--Massachusetts--Photographs.
Names
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--Massachusetts--History--Sources.
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--Photographs.
Genre terms
  • Photographs.