2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 4, 2020 2:40 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking Civilian Conservation Corps projects for Kings Canyon

    Rob Roberts Newbie

      I am seeking records for CCC projects in Kings Canyon National Park. CCC Projects are NP-31 and NP-34. The Company Numbers are 904, 1913, 2921, and 3802. Also need camps maps, reports, projects types, dates, etc. Thank You.

        • Re: Seeking Civilian Conservation Corps projects for Kings Canyon
          Aaron Seltzer Wayfarer

          Dear Mr. Rob Roberts,

           

          In addition to direct CCC records which should be held separately, you may find this previously digitized October of 1937 monthly report for General Grant National Park of interest since it touches on CCC activities at the park.

          https://catalog.archives.gov/id/296401

          • Re: Seeking Civilian Conservation Corps projects for Kings Canyon
            Rebecca Collier Ranger

            Dear Mr. Roberts,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            Since you also contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2), we have posted their response:

             

            This is in response to your request for information about Record Group (RG) 35, Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Specifically, you are seeking information on California Camps NP-31 and NP-34

             

            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, we are unable to provide reproduction quotes at this time. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

             

            The National Archives will decide when to begin reopening our facilities based on guidance from the federal government, including the OMB, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). We are working diligently on our plans for the gradual reopening of our facilities across the country. The reopening plans will be based on local conditions for each geographic area and OMB and OPM Memorandum M-20-23, Aligning Federal Agency Operations with the National Guidelines for Opening up America Again. These plans will be implemented in three gradual phases, which will likely last several weeks or even months, based upon local conditions in the respective community. Even as we begin to reopen, operations may be curtailed due to limited staffing or the need to temporarily close facilities for cleaning. Please understand that the protection and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the public remain our top priority. We will provide further information as it is available - please monitor our web page https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus for future developments. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Additionally, follow the National Archives on Facebook (USNationalArchives) and on Twitter (@USNatArchives) for updates.

             

            In RG 35, PI 11 Entry  115, Camp Inspection Reports, 1933 - 1942, we found two additional files beyond the one you cited, that may be of interest to you. They are:

            California: GNP2 – Redesignated NP31 in Box 27

            California: NP31 – General Grant National Park, Fresno County in Box 29

            California: NP34 – King's Canyon National Park, Fresno County also in Box 29

             

            There may also be relevant records in RG 35, PI 11 Entry 127, Correspondence Relating to the Disposal of Property, 1942 - 1948 and in RG 77, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, NM 19 Entry 395,  Historical Record of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Buildings, 1935 - 1940. We have no online finding aids for either of these series of records that would allow us to positively identify any potentially relevant records in either. As we are currently still 100% teleworking, we cannot access the records to search them

            All of the above records deal specifically with the camps and contain little to no information on the projects. They rarely have photos, maps or plans of any kind. The type of projects may be listed in the Inspection Reports.

             

            The CCC was essentially a giant manpower pool used by various agencies. In this case the agency was the National Park Service (NPS). The vast majority of records about CCC work done at these camps will be in RG 79, Records of the NPS. If you haven't already seen it, the RG 79 Inventory is available online. The most potentially relevant entries in RG 79 located here in College Park will be RG 79 A1 Entry 9, Central Files, 1907 - 1939 and RG 79 A1 Entry 10, Central Classified Files, 1907-49.

             

            Once we have reopened, we can arrange to copy the above material for you for a cost of 80 cents per page. These copies can be delivered as hard copies, scans on a disc, or via electronic file transfer.

             

            There may be photographs of the camp or the work done by the camps in our Still Pictures unit. You can email them at stillpix@nara.gov to inquire about their holdings. There may be maps or plans in our Cartographic unit. You can email them

            at carto@nara.gov to inquire about their holdings. In both cases, you will want to ask to search both RG 35 and RG 79.

             

            We welcome you to resubmit your request when the National Archives resumes normal operations. For updates on our status, please see the links given above.