Ancestors in the CCC? Search Online Camp Newspapers from Virginia!

By Diane Haddad

If your ancestor or other relative was part of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps program, camp newspapers are great for learning about his experience. And it’s getting easier to access CCC camp newspapers from Virginia (plus a few from outside Virginia).

CCC workers, Library of Congress

The Virginia Newspapers Project has announced that CCC camp newspapers from the Library of Virginia’s collection, published from 1934 to 1941 by young men participating in the CCC, are being digitized on the Virginia Chronicle newspaper website. The papers were originally microfilmed by the Center for Research Libraries in 1991.

The Camp Victory Crier, for example, was published in Yorktown, Va. Page two of this issue names staff including editor in chief Oliver J. Wilson, other editors, press men and reporters.

Click here to browse the CCC newspapers already on Virginia Chronicle. To search these and other newspapers on the site, use the keyword search box on the home page or the Advanced Search, which lets you specify a date range and newspaper title to search.

Here’s a guide to the Library of Virginia’s collection of CCC camp newspapers.

Looking for more CCC history websites and old records of CCC camps and workers? See our genealogy Q&A on how to research a CCC worker on