Smokey Bear: National Zoo Archives

Posted: July 25, 2014 by Martha in Inside the Archives

Smokey Bear is 64 this year and the Forest Service is planning to relaunch the Smokey Bear campaign for the next generation. This is just a teaser to get you to read about the Smithsonian Institute Archives and the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).

I read the article about Smokey Bear in the July 9, 2014 posted in the Smithsonian’s Blog which is written by SI Archivists, Museum Specialists, and Librarians. Their goal is to share “collection highlights, unveil hidden collections as they become online, and relate to current events with historical artifacts, art work and research materials from the past” (from SI Blog – About Us).

I like the zoo and remember Smokey Bear ads from when I was young, and I was also curious to see behind the scenes, which is where the Archives comes in.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives’ collections contain the official records of the Smithsonian, as well as personal papers, special collections, records of professional societies, and oral/video histories relating to the history of the Smithsonian. Check out the story of the Smithsonian Institute Archives and their short video to learn more.

The Archives is open to all researchers. Business hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except for Federal holidays. You can also explore their online collections at

Needless to say, I think I’d be happy to work overtime if it meant I could browse through the drawers and boxes at the Smithsonian Institute Archives.


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