Working for the CCC

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program for unemployed, unmarried men that operated in the United States from 1933 to 1942. Originally for young men ages 18–25, it was eventually expanded to ages 17–28. 3 million men participated in the program during its lifespan. CCC construction projects in parks nationwide led to a greater public awareness of and appreciation for the outdoors and America's natural resources, and to demands for federal protection and management of our natural resources.

It is fairly easy to locate CCC workers in the 1940 U.S. population census (available at Central Library and our branches via Ancestry Library Edition, or from home for our cardholders via Heritage Quest Online). Do this search (case does not matter):


This search retrieves 13,150 hits. To cut down on the number of hits, you can do this search (case does not matter):

SEARCH—LIVED IN: Missouri, USA (Exact)

This search retrieves 400 results. You can of course substitute any other state or U.S. territory for Missouri in the above-listed search.

Note: CCC workers generally appear to be listed with their families, rather than in the listings for a camp. At least that is the case in every search result for which I clicked View Record.

An A-Z list of SLPL reference databases is available here .

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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