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Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho Collection

A preview site for our future CCC in Idaho Digital Collection

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This is a preview site for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Idaho Collection, which will be released sometime in 2015. This collection currently includes 50 historical images of CCC camps in Idaho, as well as a map of Exisiting CCC Sites, a subject cloud, and a small timeline.

The collection will eventually include more maps, images, and documents pertinent to the history of the CCC in Idaho and will represent the research discoveries of Patricia Hart and Ivar Nelson, who spent over two years travelling across the state to find and scan materials related to the CCC.

In December of 2015, Professor Hart, Ivar Nelson, and Devin Becker (digital initiatives librarian) will present this site as part of the Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium at the University of Idaho. The title and abstract for their talk is below.

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Boys in the Woods:
The Civilian Conservation Corp, Idaho Forests & Digital Initiatives

The Civilian Conservation Corps was the first, most far-reaching, longest-lived and best-loved of the New Deal programs in a decade full of big ideas and supersized projects. The CCC remains one of the few examples of how the United States has acted to mitigate the catastrophic effects of economic collapse while producing a legacy of public benefit. This presentation reconsiders the CCC in fresh perspective and places Idaho-specifically the CCC in Idaho forests-at the very heart of contemporary issues regarding conservation, fire ecology and resource management. Essential and foundational to the research of this project is the digitizing of thousands of photographs and documents by the University of Idaho Library Digital Initiatives, and the process of making those available to the public and scholars.


Patricia Hart is a social and cultural historian with a focus on change in times of national crisis and the role of media in that process. Her most recent book, A Home for Every Child (University of Washington Press), addresses the 19th century origins and practice of non-relative adoption in the United States. Previous books include the edited Women Writing Women (University of Nebraska Press) and, with Ivar Nelson, Mining Town: The Photographic Collection of T.N. Barnard and Nellie Stockbridge (University of Washington Press).

Ivar Nelson was born on the Mississippi River in Keokuk, Iowa; raised in St. Louis; studied at Harvard and Uppsala University (Sweden); volunteered for the Peace Corps in Kenya and worked for the State Department. He founded Bookpeople of Moscow and is delighted that it continues after 40 years under its present new ownership. A book publisher, he directed Solstice Press, the University of Idaho Press and Eastern Washington University Press. With Patricia Hart he is the author of Mining Town. He volunteers his time when not working on the CCC project working with the Kenworthy Theater, Palouse Pathways and the Latah County Library Board.

Devin Becker was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He works as the digital initiatives librarian at the University of Idaho Library, maintaining and designing the library's digital collections and website. His work has been published in American Archivist, Cutbank, Faultline, Microform and Digitization Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. His first book of poetry, Shame | Shame, was selected as the winner of the 2014 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and will be published by BOA Editions, Ltd. this coming April.