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CCC and South Dakota

By Elizabeth Leonhardt

The Civilian Conservation Corps, also known as the CCC, played a huge part in preserving the natural resources of the Black Hills and helped greatly with the national parks. Forestry in the Black Hills also played a large role in the use and conservation of Black Hills resources. Both groups are intertwined and have a fascinating history.

Print Resources


The Civilian Conservation Corps in and Around the Black Hills
Sanders, Peggy. The Civilian Conservation Corps In and Around the Black Hills. San Francisco: Arcadia Publishing, 2004.
This book is made of original photographs and their captions, pertaining to the CCC in the Black Hills.

Civilian Conservation Corps: South Dakota District History
Alleger, C. N. Civilian Conservation Corps: South Dakota District History. Rapid City: Johnston & Dordewyk Inc., 1934.
This is a collection of rosters, pictures, and first-hand reports from the CCC in South Dakota.

CCC in the Great Depression
Lacy, Alexander. The Soil Soldiers. Randor: Chilton Book Company, 1976.
This book covers the creation, efforts, politics, and men of the CCC in general. There is some mention of South Dakota, but mostly it is an in depth look at life in the CCC and its history.

The Civilian Conservation Corps in South Dakota
Derscheld, Lyle. The Civilian Conservation Corps in South Dakota. Brookings: South Dakota State University Foundation Press, 1986.
This book covers the camps, companies, jobs, and histories of every recorded CCC camp in South Dakota.


CCC in South Dakota
Hendrickson, Kenneth. "The Civilian Conservation Corps in South Dakota." South Dakota History. 11. no. 1 (1980): 1-20
This article covers the creation, efforts, effectiveness, and end of the CCC in South Dakota.

CCC Developing Tourism in S.D.
Julin, Suzanne. "Building a Vacation Land: Tourism Development in the Black Hills during the Great Depression." South Dakota History. 35. No. 4 (2005): 302-308.
This section shows how the CCC helped develop Black Hills national parks into great places for tourism and conservation.

A CCC Recruit Looks Back
Larson, George. "A CCC Recruit Looks Back: Claire Patterson's Black Hills Experience" South Dakota History. 35. No. 4 (2005): 335-346
This is an article not so much about the Black Hills or the CCC projects but the memories and experiences of a CCC worker. It is a fairly interesting firsthand account.

Dangers in the CCC
Heger, Kenneth. "Dangers in the Civilian Conservation Corps Accident Reports." Prologue Magazine. 34. no. 4 (2011).
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2011/winter/ccc-accidents.html (accessed March 26, 2013).
This article covers the various accidents and incidents that came up while serving in the CCC. The article provides varied examples from the CCC records in the national archives.

The Start of the CCC
Speakman, Joseph. "Into the Woods: The First Year of the Civilian Conservation Corps." Prologue Magazine. 38. no. 3 (2006).
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/fall/ccc.html (accessed March 26, 2013).
This article extensively covers the creation of the CCC, who was involved, why, and what everyone did.

Online Resources


CCC Museum Webpage
Sanders, Peggy. South Dakota Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, "CCC News." Last modified 2013. Accessed March 1, 2013. http://www.peggysanders.com/index.html.
The CCC museum is partly due to Peggy Sanders so this is part of her website. There is a link for information on the CCC as well as information on the museum itself.

CCC Legacy
CCC Legacy, "Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy." Last modified 2004. Accessed March 20, 2013. http://www.ccclegacy.org
An organization about the history and people of the CCC. There are some places for research on this page, but it is mostly about the men in the CCC and how to get involved.

Online Books

The Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps 1933-1942
This is part of a text concerning the CCC. This chapter has information on the programs, projects and camps the CCC handled in the Rocky Mountain Region from 1933-1942.