[Baton Rouge]: 1937. 184,pp., plus four related ephemeral items laid in. Oblong folio. Original yellow illustrated wrappers printed in red and black. Minor edge wear, light dust soiling. Last two leaves detached. Good plus. Item #2257
An elaborately-produced annual memorializing the Third District of the Civilian Conservation Corps located at Fort Devens, illustrated with many hundreds of photographs of the officers, enlisted men, and support staff in a variety of activities. Interestingly, the CCC was an integrated effort long before the U.S. military officially called for integration, and many of the group photographs show African-American members of the corps. In addition to the official portraits, the photographs depict the service members on various ports teams, performing work tasks, studying in libraries, in typing classes, visiting fellow servicemen in hospitals, and much more. The text of the work includes testimonials from President Roosevelt and other high-ranking officials, military records of the group, a background history on the CCC itself, and individual company histories.
The four ephemeral items laid in include the first two issues of The Ear Bender (Vol. I, numbers one and two), which was the newsletter of the 1173rd Company of the CCC. The newsletter was "hand set and printed in camp by the members of this company associated together as the Mount Tom Academy Press." The remaining two ephemeral items are a program and napkin retained from the Fifth Anniversary Banquet of the CCC at Holyoke.