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Rodney C. Perkins collection

Identifier: L307

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 3 typewritten copies of "Camp and Community", an unpublished novel about the Civilian Conservation Corps written by Rodney C. Perkins (circa 1983). There are carbon copies of his first draft and final draft with corrections and a copy of the completed manuscript. An author's preface is also included with the final draft copies.


  • circa 1983


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a New Deal public works program created during the Great Depression. The program promoted environmental conservation and gave employment to nearly 3 million young men from 1933 to 1942. The CCC helped reforest the country and stocked rivers and lakes with fish. The Corpsmen also built canals, ditches, roads and helped develop state and national parks.


National Park Service. "Civilian Conservation Corps." Accessed August 2, 2016. staff. "Civilian Conservation Corps." Last modified 2010. Accessed August 2, 2016.

Biographical Note

Rodney C. Perkins was born on November 15, 1905 in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1924 and Butler University in 1931. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served for eight years at camps in Rising Sun, Brookville, and Kurtz. After serving in World War II, he returned to Indiana and worked as an instructor at Butler and Indiana University, Bloomington. He worked for the United States Post Office in Cincinnati, Ohio for 23 years, retiring in 1971. He passed away at the age of 78 on January 18, 1984.


Information found within the collection. "Rodney C. Perkins." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed August 2, 2016.


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Rodney C. Perkins in 1983/06.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OH107: Rodney Clinton Perkins oral history

OH008-24: Rodney Clinton Perkins oral history, Irvington Branch, Indianapolis Public Library

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012/05 by Laura Williams. EAD finding aid created 2012/05 by Laura Williams. EAD finding aid revised 2016/08/05 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.