Copyright, Randall D. Payne
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Historical Photos and Art

One of the initiatives of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) was to commission artists to produce posters designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and educational programs. Between 1935 and 1943 over 2 million posters were produced. Fourteen of these posters were commissioned to highlight our national parks (plus two additional posters as part of the See America program). In addition to photographs relating to the Civilian Conservations Corps, we are also highlighting the WPA posters which were produced about the national parks which are contained in the Library of Congress Collection.

Zion National Park
(Library of Congress, c1938)

CCC Camp NP-1, Crater Lake National Park.
(Crater Lake National Park photo, 1933)

CCC camp in Death Valley, called "Camp Funeral Range", about 4 miles north of Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley National Park.
(George Grant photo, HPC-000991, 1935)

CCC camp at Lava Beds. North entrance on site of Gillenes camp looking north east, Lava Beds National Monument.
(George Grant Photo, HPC-000902, August 12, 1941)

Lassen Volcanic National Park
(Library of Congress, c1938)

NP1-C CCC Camp, Rocky Mountain National Park.
(Rocky Mountain National Park photo, 1933)

CCC detail making split shingles at Jockey Hollow, Morristown NHP.
(Alan Rinehart photo, HPC-000976, 1936)

Reconstruction of fortification — French Battery, York-Hampton Road. Gabions under construction. They are 30 inches in diameter, and will be placed on top of the ramparts. African American CCC crew, Colonial NHP.
(HPC-000996 photo, 1935)

Yellowstone National Park
(Library of Congress)

CCC enrollees engaged in archeological investigation in one of the Continental Army hut ruins of the New Jersey Brigade Encampment Site in Jockey Hollow, Morristown NHP.
(HPC-000895 photo, 1938)

CCC crew clearing boulders from a trail, Mount Rainier National Park.
(Natt N. Dodge photo, HPC-000982, c1933-35)

CCC cutting up timber in 1933 at Rocky Mountain National Park.
(NPS photo)

Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos) National Monument
(Library of Congress)

CCC Ruins Stabilization crew, Bandelier National Monument.
(HPC-001002 photo, 1939)

CCC Crew reconstructing Painted Desert Inn, Petrified Forest National Park.
(NPS photo)

Washing and drying clothes. CCC Camp no. 2, near Apgar, Montana, at the foot of Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park.
(George Grant photo, NPS HPC-000575, 1933)

Grand Canyon National Park
(Library of Congress)

Rock wall contruction, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park.
(NPS photo)

CCC planting trees, Little Round Top, Gettsyburg National Military Park.
(National Archives photo, 1936)

Building hiking and horse trails, Shenandoah National Park.

See America — Visit the National Parks
(Library of Congress)

CCC enrollees reproducing colonial furniture, Yorktown National Historical Park.
(National Archives photo)

CCC curbing project, Park Headquarters area, Mesa Verde National Park.
(Mesa Verde National Park photo)

CCCC men at Mariposa Grove converting an insect-killed sugar pine into cordwood, Yosemite National Park.
(NPS photo)

The national parks preserve wild life
(Library of Congress)

Cleanup work at Jackson Lake by CCC men, Grand Teton National Park.
(NPS photo)

CCC men cutting a truck trail through granite ridge, Sequoia National Park.
(NPS photo)

CCC Camp and the woodpile, Rocky Mountain National Park.
(George Grant photo, HPC-000077, May 26, 1933)

Wild life — The national parks preserve all life
(Library of Congress)

CCC-era restoration of Totem Poles, Sitka National Historical Park.
(HPC-000492 photo)

CCC boys clearing Tuulumne Meadow of logepoles, Yosemite National Park.
(HPC-001814, August 1933)

CCC crew stripping bark, Rocky Mountain National Park.

Don't Kill Our Wildlife
(Library of Congress)

CCC camp (location of present-day seasonal employee complex), Denali National Park and Preserve.
(AMHA photo, 1938, from A History of Denali-Mount McKinley Region, Alaska)

The CCC crew camped in tents (right) while they built the Wonder Lake Ranger Station, Denali National Park and Preserve. The ranger station foundation can be seen to the left of the temporary CCC frame structure.
(DENA 4-18.5, Denali National Park & Preserve Museum Collection, from Snapshots from the Past: A Roadside History of Denali National Park & Preserve)

President Roosevelt and visiting dignitaries at Big Meadows Civilian Conservation Corps camp, Shenandoah National Park.
(National Archives photo, August 12, 1933)