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Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Acadia National Park

Identifier: MF120

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a series of interviews conducted by MFC staff with men who were enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, who and served at one of the three camps run by ANP: the Eagle Lake or Bar Harbor camp, the Long Pond or Southwest Harbor camp; and the Ellsworth camp. Also included in the collection are interviews with women who married men from the camps and other local residents who remember the camps. Included are 226 photographs (P08475-P08701). In addition, there are research materials from the National Archives of Records Administration.


  • Creation: summer of 2000 and 2001


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29 items (digital)

4 boxes (half sized)

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NOTE: Except for the research material in Series 1, some or all in the material in this collection is copied from the Acadia National Park (ANP) Collection at the National Archives of Records and Administration (NARA). These files have been divided into 8 series, as follows: Series 1: Research materials Series 2: Publications and Memorabilia NOTE: This series includes issues of The Acadian and The Sou’wester, though some were donated by CCC participants and some are copies from ANP. Series 3: Photographs Series 4: Newspaper Articles and Clippings Series 5: Correspondence Series 6: Reports and Other Documents NOTE: These are official reports and other documents, rather than publications like camp booklets or magazines, which are in Series 2 Series 7: Discs Series 8: Control folders and supplemental material from interviews

NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 1: Research materials and notes 1. Green folder: CCC Project Proposal: Research proposal by James H. Moreira and Pamela Dean 2. Folder: CCC Contact Forms: Information on contacts 3. Green folder: Information (including background information on the CCC) on material available from NARA. 4. Folder: Leisure Exhibit Research Notes: Notes, transcript excerpts, typescripts, etc. 5. Red folder: CCC Leisure: Material for Leisure Exhibit 6. Folder: CCC Leisure Exhibit: Photocopied photos and clippings for exhibit 7. Folder: CCC Exhibit Photos: Photocopied photos and notes for exhibit 8. Misc. photos and clipping on leisure: These were originally loose in the box, not in any folder. 9. Folder: CCC Research: Notes, bibliography and other research material 10. Misc. notes and lists (possibly from Pam Dean) (Originally not in any folder) 11. Articles: Two photocopied articles on the CCC (Originally not in any folder)

NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 2: Publications & Memorabilia A. Publications and souvenirs 1. The Acadian: Published by 154th Company, Eagle Lake Camp I. Folder: Acadian, 1934-35 : photocopied issues from ANP II. Red folder: Parsons material, Camp newspapers, Acadian 1935 (from John M. Parsons: most also included in ANP material) III. Acadian – Dougherty: Two issues (undated) from 1947/38 donated by Ron Dougherty 2. The Sou’wester: Published by 158th Company, Southwest Harbor Three issues: undated; v. 3 no. 1 (Mar. 1939) and v. 3 no. 2 (Apr. 1939) (v. 3 no. 1 donated by Lester R. Hartford, others presumably photocopied from ANP) 3. Journey’s End: Photocopied program (from ANP) from play production by 154th Company (originally in folder with next item) 4. CCC – Entertainment ANP Archives: Program from 154th Company Farewell Dance, Mar. 7, 1939 (Photocopy from ANP) 5. CCC 1937 Annual. Photos and rosters from Maine CCC companies. (Photocopy from ANP) 6. Your CCC- Dougherty: Your CCC: A Handbook for Enrollees (n.d. after May 1938): Photocopy donated by Ron Dougherty (Originally filed with Dougherty memorabilia). B. Individual memoirs and memorabilia 1. ANP Archives: Photocopied letter, 1986, from Fred E. Holt (from ANP) 2. Earlyn Wheeler (originally filed with item above): Photocopied letter, 1985, from Earlyn Wheeler (from ANP) 3. Hartford material: Photos and certificates from Lester R. Hartford (This file originally also contained an issue of the Sou’wester [see above].) 4. Parsons Material—Folder Labeled “154th Co. CCC”: Photocopied certificate and clippings compiled by John M. Parsons. 5. Parsons Material—“Elements of Forestry”: Photocopied certificate of completion and typed course notes from John M. Parsons. 6. Parsons Material—“Work of the Forest Service”: Photocopied paper by John M. Parsons 7. Dougherty (originally included in next folder): Photocopied certificates, correspondence And memorabilia from Ron Dougherty 8. R. Dougherty photocopies: Mostly photocopied material from Ronald Dougherty on the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni

NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 3: Photographs 1. 5 CDs of photos from NARA 2. CCC Photos: List from ANP plus labeled photocopies of photos on list 3. Blue folder: Larger copies of some photos in preceding folder 4. CCC Photos—ANP Archives: Photocopied photographs, some labeled 5. Misc. photos: These photocopies were originally not in folders. Some are unlabeled, some are from CCC Annuals. 6. Memorial Day, 1999: Three color photos in plastic sleeve, labeled on back 7. Tuttle negatives

NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 4: Newspaper Articles and Clippings All this material is photocopied, presumably from ANP 1. BHT—CCC—1933: Photocopied articles from the Bar Harbor Times, most individual items not labeled with dates 2. BHT—CCC—1933: Photocopied articles from the Bar Harbor Times, most individual items not labeled with dates 3. BHT—CCC—1934: Photocopied articles from the Bar Harbor Times, most individual items not labeled with dates 4. BHT—CCC—1936: Photocopied articles from the Bar Harbor Times, most individual items not labeled with dates 5. Long folder labeled Newspaper Clippings: Photocopies of misc. clippings

NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 5: Correspondence 1. Correspondence with G. B. Dorr, ANP Superintendent (Photocopied from ANP) 2. Correspondence with Cecil Barret, MDI resident (Photocopied from ANP) 3. Correspondence with Maine Governor Louis J. Brann (Photocopied from ANP)

NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 6: Reports and Other Documents (These are photocopied from ANP) NOTES ON ABBREVIATIONS: NP1: McFarland Field Camp, NP2: Great Pond Camp, SP1: Southwest Harbor A. NP1: Narrative Reports from McFarland Field Camp 1. Apr—June 1934 2. Jul—Sept 1934 3. Oct—Dec 1934 4. Oct 1934—March 1935 5. Apr—Sept 1935 B. NP2: Narrative Reports from Great Pond Camp 1. Oct 1933—April 1935 2. Apr—Dec 1935 C. SP1: Narrative Reports from Southwest Harbor 1. 1933 2. 1934 3. Jan—March 1935 4. Apr—Dec 1935 5. 1936 D. Reports on work accomplished in ANP, May 1933-July 1942 E. Inspection Reports 1. NP1: Inspection Reports from McFarland Camp, 1939-1942 2. NP2: Inspection Reports from Great Pond Camp, 1939-1940 F. Investigation and Camp Reports (These are mostly reports on investigations of various complaints) 1. Special Investigations, 1937-1940 2. Mitchell Investigation (1939) G. Miscellaneous 1. CCC—158th Enrollment c. 1934 2. Blue folder labeled Environment Chapters: Photocopied report on White Pine Blister Rust, 1937 3. Fire Hazard Reduxtion [sic], 1939-1940

NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 7: Discs (Information taken from handwritten labels on disk boxes) 1. Acadian: 1.1-4.5 plus 11.27 and 8.16 2. Acadian 4.19 3. Acadian 5.10, 5.29, 6.17, 7.4, 7.18, 8.16 4. Acadian 1.11, 2.20, 3.14, 4.5, 5.10, 5.29, 6.17, 7.4, 7.18, 8.16 random pages 5. Photos—work photos from NARA 6. Photos—sports photos 7. Photos—includes photos from John M. Parsons 8. Robshaw photos 9. Robshaw photos 10. (Ron) Dougherty photos 11. Various photos 12. Various photos 13. Various 14. Parsons photos (disk missing) 15. CCC 1937 Annual Scans 16. CCC Backup 17. 5 CDs containing The Acadian 1934-1935. 18. CD Lester Hartfod Photos and Revised #’s and descriptions. 19. CD CCC Interviewee photos: Blanchette, Hartford, Parsons (partial), Studer, Tuttle 20. CD CCC Interviewee photos: Blanchette, Dougherty, Hartford, Studer, Tuttle NAFOH MF 120 CCC Series 8: Control Folders (CF) and supplemental material from interviews 1. CF NA2625 2. CF NA2626—Restricted 3. NA2626—Supplemental 4. CF NA2627 5. CF NA2660 6. CF NA2661 7. CF NA2662 8. CF NA2665

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Guide to Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Acadia National Park
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Thomas Libby
May 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States