Inventory of the James C. Sorenson Papers, 1960 – 2015
Abstract: James C. "Jim" Sorenson worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation from 1965 to 1976, and for the U.S. Forest Service from 1976 to 1998. He also worked with the Cooperative Forest Fire Program on various Smokey Bear campaigns in Washington, DC, from 1972 to 1974.
The collection includes items from the personal papers of Jim Sorenson, dating from the 1960s to 2010s. A majority of the materials are related to Smokey Bear and the Cooperative Forest Fire Program. The collection consists of correspondence, reports, publications, photos, audio recordings, artwork, and more.
Title: James C. Sorenson Papers, 1960 - 2015
Creator: Sorenson, James C.
Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives
Call Number: 2021-001
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 2.75 linear feet (1 carton, 1 archival box, 1 oversize box)
James C. "Jim" Sorenson was an employee of both the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U. S. Forest Service. After service with the U.S. Army he earned a bachelor's of science degree in forestry from the University of Montana in 1965. From 1965 to 1976 Sorenson worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation. In 1976 he officially began his career with the Forest Service, and worked for the agency until his retirement in 1998. Sorenson helped assist State Foresters in 13 southeastern states manage their cooperative forest fire programs. One of his overall career highlights was working with the Cooperative Forest Fire Program on various Smokey Bear campaigns in Washington, DC, from 1972 to 1974. In recognition of his work in forest fire prevention, Sorenson was presented with the Silver Smokey Award in 1996.
Collection includes items from the personal papers of Jim Sorenson, dating from the 1960s to 2010s. A majority of the materials are related to Smokey Bear and the Cooperative Forest Fire Program. Consists of correspondence, reports, publications, photos, audio recordings, artwork, and more.
The records are arranged into seven series.
2. Smokey Bear Files
3. Other Publications
4. Audio Recordings
6. Photographs, Artwork, Posters
- Advertising -- Forest fire prevention -- United States.
- Cooperative Fire Protection Program (U.S.).
- Fire control.
- Forest fires -- Prevention and control.
- Smokey Bear.
- Smokey Bear -- Pictorial works.
- United States. Forest Service.
- Wendelin, Rudolph.
- Wildfires -- Prevention and control.
Detailed Description of the Collection
1. Correspondence, 1973-2015.
- Folder 1.1: Correspondence, 1973-1996
- Folder 1.2: Correspondence, 2006-2015
2. Smokey Bear Files.
- Folder 2.1: Cooperative Forest Fire Program
Annual reports, 1963-1975.
- Folder 2.2: Cooperative Forest Fire Program
- Folder 2.3: Rudy Wendelin
Photographs, art, clippings, publications.
- Folder 2.4: Rudy Wendelin
Wendelin-related correspondence files.
- Folder 2.5: Smokey Bear Campaign Catalogs
Catalogs from 1983, 1989-1994.
- Folder 2.6: Smokey Bear Products and Licensing
Other materials, 1972-1992, and undated.
- Folder 2.7: The Real Smokey Bear Retirement (1974)
Correspondence and other materials related to the retirement of the "real" Smokey Bear at the National Zoo.
- Folder 2.8: Smokey Says Cartoons
- Folder 2.9: Proposed Smokey Bear 50th Birthday Washington DC National Mall planning
Correspondence, photos, maps, planning materials, circa 1994, related to a proposed Smokey Bear 50th birthday party on the National Mall.
- Folder 2.10: Smokye Mouse
3. Other Publications.
- Folder 3.1: National Smokey Bear Workshop
First National Smokey Bear Workshop (1970) proceedings.
Second National Smokey Bear Workshop (1973) proceedings.
- Folder 3.2: Other Smokey Bear-Related Publications
SAF Round Table newsletter, February 26, 1974.
Smithsonian, May 1972.
Sports Illustrated, June 12, 1972.
Smokey's Record, 1960.
Paisano, August/September 1971.
Georgia Forestry, Fall 1988 and Fall 1992.
- Folder 3.3: Smokey Bear 50th Birthday-Related Publications
Fire Management Notes, 1992-1993.
Pacific Southwest Newslog, Summer 1994.
- Folder 3.4: Hot Foot Teddy News, 2008-2010
4. Audio Recordings.
- Folder 4.1: Advertising Council Radio Kits (envelopes), 1971-1974
- Items: Vinyl Records
Ad Council / Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention, National Radio PSAs (1967-1972, 1977, 1980).
*[listen online to 1980 National Radio PSAs]
Southern Forest Fire Prevention, PSAs (1962, 1966, 1968).
Eddy Arnold Tells It Like It Is (1969).
Cool Sounds to Take the Heat Off Southern Forests (1971).
Wildfire in the South: There's No Future In It (1972-73).
"Smokey Bear" by Stone Hedge (1972).
"Crying Trees" by The Limeliters (1963).
"Smokey’s ABC’s" by Alvin & the Chipmunks / "Speaking for Smokey" by Loren Green, Andy Griffith and Rod Sterling (1964).
Smokey Speaks for Forest Fire Prevention (1966).
Hey Cowboy, Gotta Minute for Rangefire Rita? (1970).
Special Edition: Smokey Bear's All-Stars (1977). [listen online]
5. Film and Video.
- Item 1
Film reel- Jonathan Winters, 60 sec. color TV spot.
- Item 2
VHS tape- Smokey Commemorative Video (pre-release copy), October 1993.
6. Photographs, Artwork, Posters, etc.
- Folder 6.1
Photographs and slides.
- Folder 6.2
Artwork and Color slides of various characters for 1960s Smokey Bear cartoon; Harold Bell.
Mark Trail cartoons.
1978 Bic lighter Smokey Bear poster.
1990 Smokey Bear calendar.
Proposed Smokey Bear patches.
Unauthorized Smokey Bear watch fob.
Smokey Bear clip art.
Smokey Bear Matchless Calculator.
Smokey Bear cigarette lighter.
Smokey Bear "Snuffit."
Sixty Years of Vigilance (2004) commemorative coin.
Team Smokey NASCAR trading cards (1989).
Other digital items also available.
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Received from James Sorenson in August 2021.
[Identification of item], James C. Sorenson Papers, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.
Processed by Staff, 2021
Encoded by Staff, August 2022
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