2018 Genealogy Fair Session 4 – How to Search for Photographs that Document CCC Camps & Activities

>>Welcome back. This is session number four of the 2018 Virtual
Genealogy Fair. It is for those with an experienced skill
level and entitled, How to Search for Photographs that Document Civilian Conservation Corps
Camps and Activities. Our speakers are Kaitlyn Crain Enriquez and
Kelsey Noel During their session, they will teach you
how to navigate records held in the National Archives Still Picture unit that document
CCC camps and activities. Our presenters both work in the Still Pictures
Branch located in the National Archives at College Park, MD. Ms. Enriquez is an archives specialist and
Ms. Noel is a processing archivist. I am turning the stage over to Kaitlyn Crain
Enriquez and Kelsey Noel.>>Hello. My name is Kaitlyn Crain Enriquez , I am an archives specialist and I will be covering the first half of our presentation and Kelsey will be covering the second half. Today we have four goals for the presentation. First goal we want to do is cover series within
record group 35 — or the main series within record group 35. Record group 35 is records of the civilian
conservation corps. Secondly we want to highlight series outside
of record group 35 that contains CCC photographs that document camps and activities. CCC worked with many different federal agencies as
well as State agencies and because of that fact you find CCC related imagery in record groups outside of record group 35. The third goal by end of the presentation we want researchers to have a list of information
that they should have prior to beginning research this skill level is marked as experienced because you need
to have information prior to beginning your research and there are a lot of different
arrangements and a lot of different search methods so it is really important to have the facts before you start your research in the still picture branch and through the course of this presentation we also want to set expectations in term of what types of CCC imagery we have in still pictures as well as what you will not find in still
pictures. Here is snapshot of the civilian conservation
corps within the still picture holdings and Kelsey and I did a lot of data mining in preparation for this presentation and went through series descriptions, finding aids, we talked to colleagues, some things
we found on accident so we found about approximately 50 different series that document CCC activities and camps. And among those 50 series representatives of 15 different record groups so 15 different records creators we were able to find CCC related photography and part of why this is more difficult to get through besides the number of places to look is the fact that arrangement of the records varies from series to series so a series might be organized by project number and you need to have the project number to find images of
the company or person you’re looking for whereas in other places it might be organized by Army
Corp area or just by a subject an arbitrary subject that was assigned to the photograph
so what you need to know, what you should have before coming in to still pictures for your relative looking for specific
person want to know company numbers they could have multiple company they worked with and were assigned
to, camps and project numbers and locations because sometimes in captions they only refer
to the location and not the camp number and vice versa you also want to know what
types of work was completed by the company itself, again, some things are organized by subject and that subject is really what type of work is being done in the image itself. and lastly, the names of federal agencies and State
agencies really helps you because it gives you idea what other record groups to look
in. So before I get into record group 35 I want to cover three things. I want to cover Army corp areas, company numbers and camp numbers. Because we will see that those three
pieces of information are important to have prior to beginning research so Army corps areas. The war department managed the CCC administration,
transportation, lodging, housing and all of the above and so for logistical purposes CCC camps were organized under Army Corps areas and nine — I believe still nine Army corps areas so this is really a reference list or slide for you its alphabetical by state and it tells you what Army corps area your state falls into and these Army corps areas are referenced throughout record group 35
and that’s why it is important to have that information before you do your research. CCC company numbers. Company numbers are really useful and also
very frustrating. There’s a couple things that you can get from looking at a company number so each company contains the Army corps area number that that company was
formed in and so in the example here I have California which is the ninth Army corps area
and we have two companies. Company 976. So if it is a three digit company number the
first digit will tell you what Army corps area the company was formed in. If it is a four digit, number, company 1943, for example,
the second digit what Army corps area that company was formed in. What makes company numbers a little frustrating
is the fact that a company number could change. So a company could be organized in California
and that number reflects that and then they may have been moved to example to Georgia
which is in Army corps area four and at times they would change the number of the companies to
reflect the new area that they are in and sometimes this didn’t and sometimes they maintained
the company number and it wasn’t consistent and makes it really frustrating and really want
to track all company numbers if possible for the person that you’re researching and if
there were any changes but it does give you some clues so if you saw that company 976 was working in Georgia which is Army corps area four you would know from that that company was originally from California and originally
formed in California. Company numbers also give you some other clues in terms of identifying what type of company it was.The CCC was segregated
and they put into their company numbers so if there is a letter affixed to the end of a company it will give you some clues, so C for African-American company, V for veterans and X for mixed races. and sometimes they would combine the codes, for example I have company 2430-VC that would have been an African-American company that was comprised
entirely of veterans and likely World War I veterans and just in the photograph on the
side here I want to point out this says company 5418 and notice four-digit number four — second
digit is four and on the front there it is four corps area and all of that is lining up. Last thing want to cover before getting in to record group 35 is CCC camp numbers
and locations.Now this is just a reference slide it comes from the CCC legacy.org which is a fantastic
website I highly suggest looking at it if you haven’t already done so, the camp numbers give you an idea of which agency sponsored the project going on in the camp so in this photograph here we have camp NP2 and NP is national park
so they were working on national park projects so this is from record group 35 the image here but you would likely find camp
NP2 among the national park records for that time period. So this is a reference slide so you can easily identify
what type of work was being done at camp or what agency was sponsoring it. Let’s go ahead and get into record group 35
and I do not have time to cover all of the series withing record group 35 there far too many but there is a handout included with the presentation, that handout includes every single series within record group 35 held in the still picture branch and includes series titles and locations that are found within the series dates and brief
description what type of imagery is in there and not as comprehensive as it could be which is why I included the National Archives identifier number in parentheses on that handout You can go ahead and read in
the catalog about the series descriptions you just type in I believe six to eight digit number
that’s in parentheses and that’s where I’m going to go with this and 35G. Photograph taken by Wilford J. Mead.of CCC activities. Quick note about series identifiers within still pictures. In still pictures we identify series or smaller
bodies of photographs by the record group number dash and artificially assigned letter
identifier and and don’t really — some of them mean something and most of the time letter
to fill in the spot and 35G photograph taken by William J Mead this is the largest series within record group 35 it documents CCC activities and camps
throughout the United States as whole the photographs are assumed to have been taken by Mead himself there are photographs from other photographers in there the CCC collective photographs from the agencies that they were working with. The photographs themselves are organized alphabetically by subject and the subject is type of work being done in the photograph itself and makes it more difficult to go through because if you are looking for a specific company or camp you really have to know what type of work they were doing. We have alternative way to look and I will go into that in a moment but know that the prints of the photographs themselves are organized by subject. We do have a card index in the research room
as I will show you in moment though it is not a complete index but that index is organized by state. So if you know what state the camp or the company that you’re researching. So here are the finding aids, on the right there 35G that typed list is the box list and also the subject list. So if you came in and yoy were looking for
a company that did some fish and wildlife activity you would hypothetically have to go through boxes eight through 15 to narrow it down if that’s the only information you had but we do have again the card index in
research room and organized by state and I have two examples here, I used St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and on this it tells you 10A that’s indicating to me that I need to pull box 10 and look behind divider A and if you look at the finding aid on the right , that’s fish and wildlife. I’d also want to point out however that also on this finding aid that is organized by subject it does not list on index card 37C. If you notice 37C is the Virgin Islands and
this index card does not include that and it is not a comprehensive index it is a secondary
index and I would consult with both of them The second example, camp F21 Washington there are two boxes listed, 17A and 30B for the purposes of this presentation I only looked in 30B but I want to know you don’t see how many photos are behind there and don’t know if looking for one photo of camp F21 behind 30B or 10 photos behind
30B so this is why we list this as an experienced level research topic is because it requires a lot of digging and paying
attention to captions and finding aids and indexes. I went into the boxes. Went into the boxes for the index cards and
on the left we have Virgin Islands and it is in 10A and what I find interesting about this photo is 10A was
marked as fish and wildlife but this says road building in the caption so even the subject list aren’t
100% accurate. but there was only one photo behind that divider for
the Virgin Islands and second example camp F21 in Washington I found two photos behind 30B, you
have to look, I had no idea how many photos I was looking for and interesting enough 30B was
listed as road building and it locks like they are building a bridge. So again, the subjects are arbitrary. Again, why this is a lot more tedious to go
through than people often expect when they come into our research room. This slide is just so you can see what
the records look like I cropped them in the previous slides but you are working with photos on
mount boards the caption is taped to the front of the mount right there and many cases the caption has fallen off and so you have to — they have been affixed to the back of the board and
have to look behind the board also. But this is what you would be working with if you go through 35G. This is what the records look like. So the second series I want to cover is 35GC. 35GC is only 8 boxes but that doesn’t mean its a small series. There are actually quite a few images in here, quite a lot even though it is less than half the size of 35G but there are a lot of loose prints in here and
various sizes and I would estimate often 20 to 40 images in each folder. So with that said the photograph in 35GC organized
according to Alpha numeric subject code and organized by subject and an arbitrary Alpha numeric code that the CCC made, we didn’t make the list. Even though the prints themselves organized
by these Alpha numeric subject codes in order to locate images and have to refer to one
or two indexes we have two indexes available 35GCX and 35GCY you have to request them in addition to 35GC so I would suggest pulling these two indexes , going through them and then deciding if it is worth your time time to go through 35GC. There are some negatives for 35GC but Very few and not one for one but let’s look
at indexes themselves. Real quickly this is for reference and Alpha
numeric code only applies to this body of records as we will see throughout the presentation
the CCC really liked codes and they gave different bodies of records different codes so really
arbitrary but in this example here photograph had a photo ID number and trying to find a
copy of this image or saw it online and have the photo number, on the end E2 indicates where h=this photo is filed. Make note of that and
pull the box that has E2 on the folder for E2 and here see miscellaneous camp kitchen
and the photograph matches that it is a camp kitchen. Also want to point out CCC company number
there 1273 has number two and in there you see 35GC-II and Army corps area 2 and photo ID number is saying it is Army corps area two. So here is the first index 35GCX It is a shelf list, hypothetically it should have been the most complete index for this series, however, most of this is missing. We did not receive all the listings for every
single Alpha numeric code. We only have A1 through B23. So if you’re interested in subject A1 through
B23, this is a great index to go through it is an item level index. It tells you a brief description of the photograph, the company number or camp number and then it gives you the photo number. It is considered own series and it needs to be requested in addition to the photos. But if you were working with this, how would
you get from this index to the photo. So I have example here and this comes from
Army corps area four and shelf list for B — for B1. So right there B project company 4472 and
I was interested in image number IV-37-B1. Really you would pull the folder that has
B1 in it and it is a folder full of loose prints and you have to read through all the
captions and handwritten numbers to find that photo. It is not in any particular order. It should be in an order but through the years people have just thrown these loose prints back in there and you have to dig through
it. So again, this is not a straightforward, you
have to read captions and pay attention to what you’re going through. I do want to note in the example for 37-B1
when I got to the image there was additional information in the caption it included Newbury, South Carolina that information wasn’t on the index itself but it was on the photograph so you do get
additional information off the caption on the back of the print and I have second example
right here on the right and I used IV-40-B1 and there was no additional information on
the caption but I did want to include an example of the back of the print where you can see
the photo ID number that you have to look for. So to reiterate you get the photo ID number
and pull the folder with that subject code and then you go through the folder trying
to find the image that is listed there. This is the second index 35GCY. It is far more complete — I would say it
is complete compared to GCX but this one is itemized level list but it is organized by
Army corps area and that’s where the Army corps areas are coming into play, you need to know
what Army corps area the company you’re researching was located. So you can go through these captions by the
Army corps area and two examples here and Army corps area one through eight are typed and nine is handwritten so if you are interested in Army corps area nine you need to know how to read cursive. It looks the same as other index that includes a description of the photo, the camp number and picture number. So just like other index to get to image you
want to make note of the image ID number and you’re going to make note of what Alpha numeric
subject code is indexed under because that’s how you get to the image itself. So here is an example. I have two images here. Class in mining company 591 and photo IX-640-C8. I want to note that here on the left is the image
and it has a very complete caption and gives you a lot of information and not included
on the index so just for information gathering purposes you can get information off the captions
that you probably wouldn’t find on indexes or finding aids themselves. On the right there’s the second example. IX-641-C8 also additional information on the
caption. Again, I included a scan of the back of the
print right there so you can see. The third series I want to look at is 35N photographs
of African-American enrollees and I include the series and it is very small only two boxes
but I included it to show that records are a reflection of the time period in which they were created
and reflection of the activities of an organization or agency so CCC was segregated and that is
reflected in the records themselves that’s really important to note when doing research on — on people that are
considered minorities in the time period, when looking for African-American enrollee,
their records or their imagery will be separated from the general images themselves often,
for example, even in 35G there are folders for African-American enrollees separated out
from the general photograph and I wanted to use the series as example of that. Records are a reflection of time period in which they are created and a reflection of the agencies themselves. I found this to be a really Interesting photo and has story attached to it and tells you about their social interactions and talks about going — being in a glee club
and one of the few images I found with women in it. and people identified by names and thought
it was a very interesting visually and narrative photograph. And just for reference this series is organized by state. It is only two boxes and really easy to get through if you want to get through the whole thing. The Last two series I want to cover are examples of
the various mediums that record group 35 photography exists. So for the most part you’re working with prints,
you’re working with really easy things to go through and flip through but then we have
some series like 35NC photograph negatives of CCC activities and Army corps areas that
are entirely negative and we don’t have print for these so you’re working with a different
type of medium and that is a little more difficult to work with. So for this series our negatives are stored
in the cold vault which means that you have to wait two and a half hours from the time
of request to review the photograph they need to come up to room temperature we estimate it
takes two and a half hours and from the time you request and want it at 1:00 you will not
be able to see it until 3:30.These negatives are organized numerically by Army corps area that they were taken in and numerically by agency
assigned photo number and we didn’t assign photo number the photo numbers were assigned by
the civilian conservation corps and there’s an alphabetical code included in the photo ID number and it doesn’t seem to be necessary to locating photos but I do include it in here just as a note. So this photograph here A1 stood for aeronautics
and that’s what depicted in the image itself and here is the alphabetical code and just used this
as example of the CCC having various organizational patterns, methods, end codes which makes it
a difficult record group to go through. 35NCX is shelf list to 35NC. It is an itemized list organized by Army corps
area so again you need to know what Army corp areas and company or person researching was located. I want to note we do not have negatives in
the series for Army corps areas 2, 5 and nine but we have caption lists in NCX for two, five, nine, so what that means
is if you’re interested in company that was Army corps area you can read about the types of images that were taken so you know a photo existed at some point but not in this series, you
will have to look elsewhere for it. For the other Army corps areas you can easily get to
the images themselves say you want five or four you can pull those lists and read through them and identify if there’s anything
of interest to you and I will say there are no captions attached to the negatives themselves
so this itemized list is the caption and won’t get any additional information from the photograph that
you don’t already see here on itemized list so getting from the list to the photograph again its organized by Army corps area and they are under numerically, in this example I used a clip from Army corps area four and identified
IV-6-E so I went to Army Corps area four within the box and looked for the number six and E is just the
Alpha numeric code used for the subject and not necessary to locating things in this other
than it may have been organized differently in the past with the way it came to us was
by Army corps area. That is that for NCX. The last series I want to cover is 35K photographs of
CCC activities now I include this because it is a visually interesting series it is the only fully color series I could
find in record groups 35 to my knowledge the only coler series for CCC activities that
I could identify among the still picture holdings and it is narrow in scope, only covers Idaho,
Oregon and Washington but I think they are beautiful photos. You can request to see the 35-millimeter reproduction
slides. I want to note that there are 188 slides. We could only match 81 captions to those slides
so the remainder we have the no captions for but we have additional captions for images could
not find any slides for. So we will get into that in a moment. But these photographs are also assumed to have been taken by Wilford Mead and he was the CCC photographer and two indexes for 35K. 35KX pertains to
images that are straight run of numbers , in the example here I used 35K-118 there are photo ID numbers that have letters with them,
this list does not go to those numbers at all and only goes to 35K straight run numbers and here
captions are extraordinarily long and give you a lot of information and storytelling and put a narrative to the images so even if you can’t find the image in here the captions themselves are
really useful and I think are worthy of review in time and transcription abut here I was interested
in seeing 118 and get into the 35-millimeter slides and they are unorganized so I put them back in order so you’re welcome and you can easily find 118 now and that’s the slide there. So captions are affixed to images themselves
and captions are on these indexes. The second index is 35KY this pertains to images that have a letter identifier as part of the photo ID number. IOW, Idaho, Oregon and Washington so here I selected
and saw W20 and I went through and looked for W20 on there and that was the image so it matches up a lot of this series is documenting CCC workers doing the actual projects. There’s not very many posed or profile or
anything like that and documenting the activities of the civilian conservation corps. This is for some reason called Victor’s captions. I don’t know who Victor is, I don’t know
if he is a photographer or if a certain need but referred to as Victor’s captions and other
one referred to as Mead’s captions. So to close out record group 35 before I ask Kelsey
to come up here, I want to cover really quickly what you’re not going to find in record group
35. You’re not going to find a name or personality
index. That’s one of the reasons why we marked this
as higher level experience before do you your research. You need to know who you’re looking for in
the photograph. You need to be able to identify them in the
photograph, we can’t do that for you and 99.99% of the time no person identified in
the captions really they just documented activity in the camps themselves and not the individuals. So there are again no individual portraits
of enrollees within record group 35 that I could identify. We do have some group photos. I will say that, but wouldn’t say necessarily
identified by name in the photograph. You can review the handout that has the series descriptions for those group portraits and we
don’t have files and information on CCC enrollees and Kelsey at the end will tell you how to
get the information and then again reiterate most people are not identified by names in
the captions that is the end of record group 35 and I invite Kelsey to cover outside of record group
35.>>Hi, I’m Kelsey Noel and I’m going
to be talking about the photos and series that you can look for CCC photos still pictures branch outside of record group 35 and we happen to have a whole lot of options as mentioned earlier in the presentation CCC worked with a lot of different agencies and worked with different agencies and photograph CCC
activity and enrollees may have been taken and put into the records for the agency that
they were working with and so that means that CCC material or imagery of CCC activities
does show up in various different places in other agencies. So we had around 50 different series total 15 different
record groups and I have included a list of some of the places that you can check some
of the series that in the series descriptions at least mentioned to CCC many of them are
CCC photos. Some of them may have CCC related material
but it really requires a researcher to go in and check for themselves to find out how much
of the material is related to the CCC or even related to their specific research topic. The photographs you will find Outside of record group 35 they are usually related
to the project and activity the work that was done for the CCC and sometimes you will find pictures of camps, camp life, activities, educational programs it includes a lot of different very interesting
imagery and sometimes the imagery dependent on the agency they worked with and sometimes it is just what the agency decided to capture and retain.>>So I am going to cover record group 95 series GP which is available right now online its been digitized completely and you can access it from wherever you have internet
and that’s why I think it is one of — it has got a lot of CCC photos so it is avery important
series to cover when talking about CCC photographic research. I am also going to talk about series 8DDR, 79TR and 115C and 115CP these are series that
I found particularly interesting or noteworthy that I wanted to cover but these are not digitized online you will have to come into our research room to access these photographs. I have a list of my honorable mentions and 83G, 121 card index file, 119CAL and 210G so those we get into at the end of the presentation very briefly
as just an example and mostly to demonstrate how diverse your research is going to be, how
many different interesting or potentially challenging things you will run into. So 95GP. It is like I said fully digitized and available
online in the National Archives catalog but it is not a CCC series. It is a forest service series that has a lot
of different subjects and one of the subjects happens to be the CCC photographs. So in terms of the series overall it has 61,111
images associated with 95GP that is a lot of photos and even though there are a lot of CCC photos
within 95GP the CCC actually makes up relatively small portion of the series itself. What this means is that browsing is not going to be the preferred method for discovery so I have included screen shot of the catalog on your right and you can see there is a link where it says 61,111 images are described in the catalog, if you were to click on
this link you would get over here on the left I have included screen shot of your results
you would wind up — this would be the first page and you will see that it doesn’t start off
with CCC it starts off with forest workers at work in general and there are over 3,000 pages of results
so if you were going to browse and it is an amazing series, photographs are definitely worth looking at
but if you are looking at something very specific you would have to browse up to I think it is — it
is up to 3,056 I think pages in order to find what you’re looking for. So if you’re looking for something specific
such as CCC browsing is not ideal. Also see here there’s a button for search
within the series. You can click on that and try to search for
— use search term or keyword but unfortunately when 95GP was digitized, the captions were
themselves they were all digitized and caption information was captured but the captions were
not transcribed and the way the catalog searches caption if it was transcribed they cannot
search an image for words so I also don’t recommend trying to search within 95GP for the CCC because
you’re not going to get results that are particularly usable instead I will show you how to search using a divider number so the subjects within 95GP were all given essentially numerical codes, divider numbers, and one of the hands-out will be the divider numbers for the CCC photos in 95GP. So I included screen shot on the left and
chose to look for California and you’ll see the screen shot shows there’s subject title civilian
conservation core location California and then divider which for California happens
to be 351 and in the bottom of the screen I’ve included a screen capture of what your search should look for — look like when you are searching for civilian conservation corps photos in 95GP by divider number So what I wrote in the search bar was quote
open 95-GP quotes closed space 351 and then just did basic search for that and the catalog was able to search by the divider number and ended up with on the right you’ll see the search results page and you have
successfully narrowed all of 95GP photos down to just civilian conservation corp images
in California. So one thing to note is that the subject codes, the divider numbers, sometimes there are multiple divider numbers for one location so Colorado you
see two here and it is important to look in all of them and don’t stop at one, you
will have to look for both — have to do two different searches for each of the divider
code. So photographs in 95GP they are really cool photo, great photos they depict enrollees,
depict camp life and work that was done project, things like that and what — you can see they
do have captions and captions may include the photographer and the date and things like
that but unfortunately 95GP is not going to include a lot of people identified in the
photos, only times I saw that people were identified other than photographers were if
they were really, really important like Herbert Hoover for the most part the people depicted in the photographs are not going to be identified in the captions. Next I’d like to talk about 8DDR, 8DDR is a Department of Agriculture series and the photographs were taken between 1935 and 1938. They mostly cover drainage projects and it
is arranged by subject and within each subject it has been arranged by state and then it
is also — within the state its arranged by drainage camp numbers so this is another reason why it is
very important to come in with as much background information as you can because even outside
of record group 35 things like camp numbers and project numbers are going to be very important
when you’re searching for records related specifically to your relative.The photographs tend to be well captioned they mostly cover projects like work scape athe work as
it is happening or work or the results of the work itself. there are a couple images that show enrollees actually
at work but you are not really going to find camps or camp life for things like that there are also unfortunately captions
are pretty good you will not find people identified by name so there is a relatively small series but in terms of 95 — some time sorry. In terms of CCC photos it is actually not
that unusual there are three boxes of prints and one box of negative you are not going to find a one for one match-up the prints have been assigned a NARA item number and there is a folder list available in the still pictures research room which I recommend you start with when you come into research it’s very important
to note that a couple photographs in this series were taken by commercial photographers and some of the photographs are
subject to copyright. The prints themselves are all black and white
and they are small, they are about three by fivish that kind of vary a little bit but
that’s good because you think maybe three boxes isn’t going to be a lot but because they are so small there are a lot of photos in the boxes. Next series I wanted to cover is 79TR. 79TR
is Department of The interior series. Photographs were taken between 1935 and 1941 and this series documents work that was conducted under national park service it is arranged by subjects and
covered activities that were conducted across the United States and some of the photographs
in this series have amazing captions. Unfortunately not all of them do. Photographs I thought were most interesting
is that I chose to include in this presentation did not have any captions which is unfortunate
but ones that have captions they are actually very good captions. What I found very interesting about the series,
one of the reasons I wanted to have in the highlight this series actually includes a
lot of imagery related to Native American enrollees. Native American participants and projects conducted at Native American facilities.Again this is an example of records that are a reflection of the time in which they were created. The Native American photos were separated out and identified in their own folder. It is just another example of records reflect the time in which they were created. The series itself is about the same size as 8DDR its got two boxes of prints and one box of negatives. Again you don’t really expect a one for one match-up. The first box of prints has larger prints, about 8 by 10. And the second box has smaller maybe four by five inch prints and they are all in black and white. The folder list in the research room is great — sorry,
this is the one that wasn’t great you can’t narrow by location it has subjects, I believe, but it doesn’t indicate the location so you are going to have to look at the photographs specifically within each subject and look at all the captions and captions that are at least those are — were created in order to find — in order to find or hope to find
what you’re looking for. What is nice about the series is they are
all unrestricted and should not be any copyright restriction. The next two series I will talk about together
because 115C and 115CP they are actually these two series have exactly the same photographs, 115C those are just mounted prints and 115CP those are — those were in albums we are not serving 115CP because of preservation concerns however you don’t have to worry if you request 115C you will see all the same photos because they
are duplicates. These photographs are really, really well captioned. The captions include project number, date, location, don’t include people by name and that’s pretty consistent
issue that you would see throughout CCC research and a lot of projects depict the work and
activities that the CCC did and 115C is Department of Interior bureau of reclamation series and photographs
were taken between 1934 and 1942 and a lot of photographs are actually dams and reservoir
and irrigation projects abut I have included this photograph because it is a good example that mixed up in there you are going to find some really interesting photographs outside of their daily work and this is a photograph showing enrollees ain off the job training
and it is a foundry class. One of the best things about the series is it is big,
37 boxes of prints and so you have — one of the larger CCC series that you would find
in still pictures.The prints were assigned agency project numbers and item numbers as well and going to want
to come in with project numbers that you’re looking for, that’s going how to be able to narrow
down to the photographs you are most interested in . There is a box list available in the still picture research room and fortunately the box list does include not only the project numbers but also the project names and almost
always the location so if you don’t — if you can’t find project number you can still try to narrow by location using the box list that’s available and — as far as copyright goes unrestricted photos but again I have to mention
that preservation concerns we don’t pull the album. Prints though those are very — those are
great and we are going to get into my honorable mention series. So I’m going to talk a little bit about the
121 card index file and one — this is a index of CCC artists that worked with the records
of public building service so I’ve got an example on the left side of the screen describe and you can see the four drawers the card index file is housed in the series arranged alphabetically by artist
last name and on the right I opened one of the drawers and see how it is organized and in the
center I have pulled four cards just to show you what’s on the card and you will be able
to — when pull the cards you will be able to find artist’s name, the artistic medium
and I believe some of the cards show oil or water color painting and you can see the subject
that they painted so there’s one that says portrait and one that the says street in Richmond and
oftentimes you will be able to find camp number as well aor things like that that the artist was assigned
to but unfortunately what you’re not going to see on the card is reference to an item number. So this card index file does not correlate
you don’t have series of artwork that correlates this card index file and really interesting
series and really great series for building context so when doing genealogical research what you are doing is building a story, building a narrative to really flesh out the experience your relative or ancestors lived and this card index file helps with that. It helps with back research so if you know the relative painted pictures in CCC for the building — records of public building service you can come here and get an idea of what kind of work they may have done and included in the index and it can help trace
back to projects and camp number if htey are included here and help with that but overall it is going to be a really good
series for developing context and narrative. You’re free to pull 121 series and look through
them. It is possible we have examples of the art
in other series but unfortunately there’s no way to go from this card index file to
a piece of art. The next three series I’m going to talk about
really briefly would be 83G, 210G and 119CAL I am going to talk about these series because in our
research we did not identify any of these series as including CCC imagery because the series
description and the finding aid that the we looked at didn’t mention CCC as potential subject. However, you can see that there were CCC photographs
in them and very small portion of what was in those — in those series. I think for 119CALthere has only been one photograph identified as CCC in the series but what happened is we’re digitizing all the time and when we digitized things usually 95GGP was an exception usually we transcribe the captions and when those captions are transcribed they become searchable by the catalog so all of a sudden we can search CCC in the catalog and we can get a return for photographs that are CC related to the CCC in series that
don’t have the CCC mentioned this is one really cool and biggest reasons by digitization is awesome but it also is an indicator of just how experienced you should be as a researcher and trying to get down into the really nitty-gritty because
if you know the agency that your relative worked with you can pull other series within the age — within the record group that corresponds to that agency and do browsing and do looking and may end up finding some
photographs related to CCC work in those series even if they don’t mention it. And then I guess I am going to move on to where else you can find CCC photos because the still picture
branch is not the only place, even within NARA that you can find CCC photos especially if you are going to make the trip to see us I would definitely schedule some time to go down to and look at archives 2 textual records because A2 textualrecords actually has a lot
of CCC photos. Definitely worth the trip and I have also
listed out a couple of — the other locations in — within NARA that you can find CCC photographs and even have presidential library in there a lot of these sites have digitized their records or at least some of their photographs and so you can look in our catalog and find CCC
photographs that aren’t necessarily from still picture branch. That still relate to the CCC, so definitely look
there as well. Then we wanted to point you in the right direction
for how to do your background research. So in 2015 Ashley Mattingly did a genealogy
fair presentation and — fair presentation called Civilian Conservation Corps personnel records She did a very good job, very thorough and exactly what you need to request personnel records and researching personnel records for relative or ancestor
and that is the place to start and once you get that information, that’s probably when
you should start the photographic research and until then have a bit of a rough time. National Archives is also not the only place
that you can find CCC photographs. CC photographs are pretty much everywhere. So Kaitlyn already mentioned CCC legacy.org. I would look there. They have a lot of great research resources. But you can check other Federal agencies as
well. National parks service, Smithsonian institution
and Library of Congress and these institutions all have CCC photographs and I do believe
a lot of them are already online and you can search in those instances — within the institutions
for digitized photographs. And I would check colleges and universities
and especially if you know of a college or university that’s nearby the location that
is of interest for your research. I did a quick Google search and found these
four universities that definitely have CCC photographic collections and most of them,
if not all of them, I believe have some of the photographs online. So that is a great resource. State repositories are also a good resource. Again, Google search and I found three locations
that have digital images and I would check out other states as well because those institutions
are going to have probably going to have photographic collections that may be of interest to you
and finally check local repositories. Very unlikely you’re going to find digital
collections in local repositories and mostly going to be physical collections you have
to go see but especially if repositories are nearby a project site or camp site they may
have photographs that you would be interested in. And that concludes our presentation. If we have time questions.>>Thank you both so much. We have a lot of questions queued
up and I apologize in advance we don’t have time and I had get into one that was asked by several different people
about how this was — how the camps were designated. So two people asking at least mixed races. Does that mean that everyone that was not
white or colored or does it mean nonsegregated.>>I from what I gathered not 100% certain
but looks like nonsegregated companies. They weren’t super consistent and can mean
numerous things depending who assigned the number to the company.>>That was quick. Another quick question medics under camp project
type or medical. Medics or medical?>>Was that reference to something?>>Don’t have anything further. One quick last question then. Where are the camp annual or year books, where
are they located?>>We don’t have any in our collection. I’m not certain. I know that some companies — camps have historic
associations and they might be in possession of those year books but as far as still pictures
goes, we don’t have those. Only can speak to what we have.>>Thank you so much. So this has been a great talk and there are
a lot of interest and again, I apologize if we didn’t get to the question, please submit
to office and still picks at NARA.gov. Thank you ladies very much for the great presentation.

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