Guide to the Scrapbook, Job Corps, Box Elder Camp, Nemo, S.D. At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beatrice Mary Truax
Title: Scrapbook, Job Corps, Box Elder Camp, Nemo, S.D.
Dates: 1965-1967
Quantity: 1 box(es) (2.5 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS151
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

During his inauguration in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proposed a slate of legislation which became to be known as his "War on Poverty". The establishment of the Job Corps became the center piece of this war. The first head of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Sargent Shriver, modeled the Job Corps on the Civilian Conservation Corps from the 1930s. The purpose of the Job Corps was to educate and train young men, ages 16-21 so that they would have marketable skills and become more productive citizens. The Job Corps Box Elder Camp was established near Nemo, S.D. in 1965. It officially opened on December 6th and the first corpsmen arrived two days later on December 8th. This camp was established on the site of a former CCC camp. Beatrice Mary Truax was a teacher at the camp from 1968-1968.

Scope and Contents

One scrapbook with newspaper articles, photographs, and ephemera about establishing the Job Corps Box Elder Camp at Nemo and their activities until 1967.

Acquisition Information

Received April 1987

Related Material

Black Hills National Forest Historical Collection

Preferred Citation

Nemo Job Corps Scrapbook, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies

Processing Information

Bobbi Sago, May 2015

Detailed Description of the Collection

One 17"x 14.5" Scrapbook arranged chronologically