MAKING AN ACCURATE RECORD of the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for a whole region or state is indeed daunting. To date, of the fifty-two states and territories with CCC programs, only six have complete books written. I began my research on the CCC for the state of Colorado in earnest in 2013, believing it could be summarized in one book. But by early 2016, it became clear there was too much to fit in one volume. Next came the problem of how to divide the information. I elected to divide the material not by region or time period but by the federal administering agency. Volume 1 covers camps administered by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Volume 2 covers the rest. Volume 1 alone contains acknowledgments, a general introduction, a list of newspapers consulted, and the selected bibliography. At times, however, the division of related information seemed like a task for Solomon. Thus, important topics such as the place of minorities, illiteracy, health and safety, and camp newspapers were put into Volume 1. Add to that a typical day in the CCC and CCC humor. I beg the reader’s patience. I am, of course, solely responsible for how the information has been divided. And I am, alone, responsible for any omissions or errors that inadvertently may have crept into the text.
December 1, 2017