Christmas at 1937 CCC Camp

On December 25, 2013, in Government Records, by Amanda
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CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937. Series 353, MDAH

CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937. Series 353, MDAH

This menu and roster from Series 353 was printed for the 1937 Christmas dinner at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Mississippi. Company 5415 did forestry work at this camp, located about fourteen miles south of New Augusta.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was one of several programs established by the United States government to alleviate joblessness caused by the Great Depression. Originally established in 1933 as the Emergency Conservation Work Program, it did not gain its title of Civilian Conservation Corps until 1937. The CCC was a quasi-military organization that employed jobless young men to perform conservation work such as planting trees, fighting wildfires, controlling erosion, erecting dams, and other such activities. The men lived in camps, and a majority of their pay was sent directly to their families each month for their support, while the CCC provided the men with food, clothing and medical care, as well as limited job training and educational opportunities. Roughly 3,000,000 Americans enrolled in the CCC program during its nine years of existence. More than 40,000 of them were Mississippians.

CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937, page 2. Series 353, MDAH

CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937, page 2. Series 353, MDAH

CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937, page 3. Series 353, MDAH

CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937, page 3. Series 353, MDAH

CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937, page 4. Series 353, MDAH

CCC Camp Christmas Menu, 1937, page 4. Series 353, MDAH

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Chloe Edwards, of the Government Records Section, brings us this post in an ongoing series about Mississippi Advertising Commission posters. Many thanks to Ms. Edwards for sharing these fun artifacts.

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster wishing all a wonderful holiday season. Series 552, MDAH.

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster wishing all a wonderful holiday season. Series 552, MDAH.

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Chloe Edwards, of the Government Records Section, brings us this post in an ongoing series about Mississippi Advertising Commission posters. Many thanks to Ms. Edwards for sharing these fun artifacts.

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving. Series 552, MDAH

In 1936, the Mississippi legislature established the Advertising Commission as part of the Balance Agriculture with Industry (BAWI) program, championed by Governor Hugh White. The Commission promoted the BAWI and the state by encouraging Mississippians to pass bond issues to finance construction of industrial facilities. It also promoted Mississippi as an attractive destination for outside investment in industry and tourism. The Commission remained active until 1940, when its enabling legislation was repealed.

The posters strike two notes. The first highlights benefits of the program, including jobs, cash wages, and increased prosperity, and the hard work necessary to make the program successful. The second theme promotes Mississippi to outsiders. Conscious of the state’s reputation as poor and limited, a set of state maps advertises its schools, agricultural riches, history, literature, and recreational opportunities. The posters appear to have been intended for publication as full page newspaper ads.

 

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Happy Labor Day!

On September 2, 2013, in Archives, Digital Archives, by Dorian Randall
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In honor of Labor Day, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History would like to share with you a Labor Day photograph from the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Collection:

PI/2010.002. Series 6 Image 1467. Counties. DeSoto County Labor Day Calf Sale, September 4, 1978. Cattle in pens and a group of men.

PI/2010.0002. Series 6 Image 1467. Counties. DeSoto County Labor Day Calf Sale, September 4, 1978. Cattle in pens and a group of men.

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From the Cooper Postcard Collection. Call number: PI/1992.0001, item 3136 (MDAH Collection)

From the Cooper Postcard Collection. Call number: PI/1992.0001, item 3136 (MDAH Collection)

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