OFFICIAL ANNUAL CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. Jefferson Barracks CCC District. Sixth Corps Area. 1937 [cover title].

(Baton Rouge, LA: Direct Advertising Co.), 1937. First edition. 4to. 137, (1) pp. Profusely illustrated from photographs, individual and group portraits. An uncommon memento of one of the crowning glories of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The CCC brought together youth from diverse social and geographical backgrounds in a quasi-military program to promote environmental improvements, the first such collective government mobilization for peaceful ends on a national level. Shown here are military officers, technical personnel, and, above all, members of some 30 companies, including two made up entirely of African-Americans, mostly male youth, but some older adults as well, seen in group photos with names of members, individual company histories, and illustrated work activities. Of the nine corps for the CCC, the sixth, headquartered in Chicago, at Fort Sheridan, covered Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Owner’s name on rear endpaper “Frank T. Renik, West Frankfort, Ill.”; inscribed on the half-title (“Official Annual, 1937: Jefferson Barracks District, Civilian Conservation Corps, Sixth Corps Area”) by 35 members of the corps, all giving a hometown in Illinois. OCLC locates 18 copies, 14 of them in Illinois. Original cloth-backed light brown printed wrappers. Very good. Item #65359

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