Cover of the Operation Reindeer Packet

ID: SIA RU000365 [SIA2011-0026]


Form/Genre: Publications

Date: 1958

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 365, Image No. SIA2011-0026

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Image of the cover of the Operation Reindeer Packet. Operation Reindeer was the name for the transfer of 14 reindeer and 1 caribou to the National Zoological Park from Alaska in 1958. The animals were a gift for Alaska's admittance to the United States of America (which became official in 1959). The Operation was a joint effort between the Smithsonian, State of Alaska, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Consolidated Freightways, Alaska Air Command, Alaska Steamship Co., Alaska Railroad, and Garrison Fast Freight. The reindeer and caribou all arrived safely to Washington, D.C. on December 11, 1958, just in time to participate in that year's "Pageant of Peace" on the National Mall.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Consolidated Freightways, inc
  • United States Air Force Alaskan Air Command
  • Alaska Steamship Co
  • Alaska Railroad
  • Garrison Fast Freight

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 365, Image No. SIA2011-0026

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  • Reindeer
  • Caribou


  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • Alaska



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SIA RU000365 [SIA2011-0026]

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8.50 x 11.46

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