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Books on the Civilian Conservation Corps

A former member
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If you're anything like me, all it takes is an episode of American Experience to inspire a frenzy of wikipedia reading followed by a trip to the library to learn more. This must be why they say public television is TV for people who read books...

Our speaker for Wednesday, Jacilee Wray, an anthropologist for the Olympic National Park helped me put together a list of books to read after what promises to be an enlightening evening. Here are some ideas for book to add to your library hold list:

Reading List

The Tree Army: A Pictorial History of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942
By Stan Cohen

Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement
By Neil M. Maher

My C.C.C. Days: Memories of the Civilian Conservation Corps
By Frank C. Davis

In the Shadow of the Mountain: The Spirit of the CCC
By Edwin G. Hill

Civilian Conservation Corps: In and Around the Black Hills
By Peggy Sanders

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
By Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
By Barbara W. Sommer

Proud to Work: A Pictorial History of Michigan’s Civilian Conservation Corps
By Annick Hivert-Carthew

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
By Timothy Egan
A former member
Post #: 4
Greetings History Buffs,

Last month's speaker, Jacilee Wray, was kind enough to share with us even more great reading ideas to follow up on our conversation about the Civilian Conservation Corps. Enjoy!


Building the National Parks by Linda Flint McCleeland

Park and Recreations Structure: Administration and Basic Service
Facilities: Recreational and Cultural Facilities by Albert Good

Patterns from the Golden Age of Rustic Design: Park and Recreation Structures from the 1930s by Albert Good

Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture and the NPS by Ethan Carr

The National Park Service Architecture Sourcebook by Harvey Kaiser

Buildings and Sites of the WPA and CCC Era by Bil von Rosenberg

The Park Builders: A History of State Parks in the Pacific Northwest by Thomas Cox

Parks, Politics, and People by Conrad Wirth

Adventure in Conservation With Franklin Roosevelt by Irving Brant

Great Lodges of the National Parks by Christine Barnes

Also look for the official reprints of the WPA Guides for any states you are interested in visiting, for example The WPS Guide to 1930s Oklahoma

And when you visit other states look for CCC guide books like this great one for Texas:
Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal by James Steely
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