"Original Smokey Bear Dies" Broadcast Script

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Consists of a typewritten 3-page television broadcast script titled "Original Smokey Bear Dies" released by the U.S. Forest Service when Smokey Bear died on November 9, 1976. The script says he died of just plain "old age," details his life history and notes that Smokey Bear junior was continuing his work. The three minute piece included several images of Smokey and instructions for when to insert them.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution and United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service


Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 326, Box 83, Folder: Smokey Bear

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


c. 1976

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Television scripts
  • Forest fire prevention
  • Smokey Bear
  • Advertising
  • Bears
  • Death notices
  • Advertising--Forest fire prevention


  • United States
  • Washington
  • DC


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2019-000459 and SIA2019-000460 and SIA2019-000461

Physical description

Number of Images: 3; Color: Color; Size: 8.692w x 11.232h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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