Minnesotans accepted into the Civilian Conservation Corps served all throughout the state and beyond. Over 77,000 men enrolled in either the CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corps Indian Division (CCC-ID).This figure does not include officers or other camp personnel.
Given the time Civilian Conservation Corps was in operation, the race of the individual you are researching may determine where you should turn for more information. African American enrollees, while first serving with other camp members in segregated camps throughout the state, were eventually sent outside Minnesota to camps in southern states. This controversial policy means researchers today may need to consult resources outside Minnesota to follow an individual CCC member from the state.
If you are interested in researching your ancestor or a specific CCC member with the resources available at the Minnesota Historical Society, we suggest the following steps:
Civilian Conservation Corps Personnel Records at the National Archives
The National Archives ("NARA") records center in St. Louis, Missouri, holds the personnel records for all CCC members. Researchers may submit a request for copies of an individual's record, and an archivist will contact you directly to confirm copy fees and payment.
See the National Archives website for an updated form and information on where to send it.
Iron Range Research Center
The Iron Range Research Center offers many photographs of Minnesota CCC members in its Civilian Conservation Corps Photograph Collection (available through Minnesota Reflections). The Center also has oral histories and other archival collections covering the CCC. Contact the Center for more information.
Use Minnesota Reflections to search digitized photographs, documents, and oral histories related to the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota. Items contributed by various cultural heritage organizations located throughout Minnesota.
Other Special Collections Holdings
If you are researching an African-American CCC member that did not serve in a Minnesota CCC camp, you may need to consult resources in other states. Determine what state your person served in. After requesting the personnel records from the National Archives, try searching ArchiveGrid to locate other manuscript collections in the state where your individual worked in the CCC.