Texas Parks Civilian Conservation Corps Drawings Database
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to create the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of his "New Deal." The program provided jobs to young with families in need, while allowing Texas to preserve land and establish its state parks system. Between 1933 and 1942, the government invested more than 20 million into developing 41 Texas state parks. Twenty-nine still exist.
Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has digitized some 3,900 large-format drawings documenting Texas park development. The collection also includes some later drawings that record revisions and additions.