The Indiana Genealogical Society is seeking to build a manuscript collection focusing on the possibly 15,000 to 20,000 Hoosiers who participated in the Civilian Military Training Camps (CMTCs) between 1921 and 1940. In the aftermath of World War I, the National Defense Act of 1920 addressed the problem of providing experienced officers for an expanding army by creating a nationwide program of summer training courses for young men ages 17 to 24. These month-long camps (known as Civilian Military Training Camps) were held at 50 military locations across the nation from 1921 to 1940. Approximately 400,000 men participated over the life of the program.
Indiana residents would have mainly attended sessions at Camp Knox and Fort Thomas in Kentucky, and Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana. Some of the other camp locations may also have included Hoosiers.
If you have materials, such as flyers, lists, photos, documents, or certificates, and would be able to scan, digitally photograph, or photocopy these items, the Indiana Genealogical Society would appreciate a copy. We will give credit for any materials published by the Society.
For additional information, or if you have any questions, please contact Ron Darrah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help!