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Thirteen veterans of the federal government’s innovative project during the Depression share their experiences of various camps around Florida and the rest of the country in the 'Civilian Conservation Corps Oral History Collection'. They describe work in construction, road building, improving state and national parks, among other major improvement undertakings. These men -- black and white -- offer insight into the rigid daily camp life and how the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) prepared them for soon-to-be Army life at the outset of World War II. The CCC provided the individual with employment and room-and-board in the 1930s. It also benefitted the individual’s family financially through the Depression in mandatorily sending half his monthly earnings back home.

The 'Civilian Conservation Corps Oral History Collection' is part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is an affiliated program of the University of Florida's Department of History. Its collections include approximately 4,000 interviews and more than 85,000 pages of transcribed material, making it the largest oral history archive in the South and one of the major collections in the country. The transcribed interviews are available for use by research scholars, students, journalists, genealogists, and other interested groups. Researchers have used our oral history material for theses, dissertations, articles, and books.

Digitization of the collection has been funded in part by the generous donation of Caleb and Michele Grimes.

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