Camp Mercer Educational Programs & Library

In 1934, the library and educational advisor occupied a corner of this building. Over time these popular programs expanded to an entire barracks. 

This 1935 Mercer Monitor illustration showcased enrollee education at Camp Mercer. 

The Mercer Monitor documented corpsmen’s varied educational levels upon enrollment. Diverse classwork and training helped enrollees prepare for employment after discharge. 

In May 1934, a partial survey of educational levels at Camp Mercer revealed:

Number finishing college.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Number finishing high school.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Number finishing 2 yr. high school.. . . . . . . . . 24
Number finishing 8th grade.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Number finishing 6th grade.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Number finishing 4th grade.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Number taken vocational, apprenticeship, correspondence and graduate work .. . . . . . . 18

1937 study time in the camp library

Vocational classes were a key part of CCC curricula

1939 enrollees enjoy casual time at the camp library, reading and catching up on news