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Agency history, 1968-

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Uniform title:
The Torch (Serial)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Research Reports (Serial)  Search this
Blue Bulletin (Serial)  Search this
Subject:
Jacobs, Madeleine  Search this
Johnson, Meredith  Search this
Larsen, Carl W  Search this
Lindsay, G. Carroll  Search this
Morris, James R  Search this
Philips, Frederic M  Search this
Rosenfeld, Alvin  Search this
St. Thomas, Linda  Search this
Umansky, David J  Search this
Lieberman, Evelyn S. 1944-2015  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Information  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Museum Service  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Information  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1968
1968-
Topic:
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Press coverage  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00202
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_221293

The Torch, 2008-2009

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Uniform title:
The Torch (Serial)  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Newspapers
Collection descriptions
Date:
2008
2008-2009
Topic:
Museum publications  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 09-258
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The Torch 1955-2009 [Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_283624

George A. Norton Slides of the Smithsonian Metro Stop, October 1972-April 1974

Creator:
Norton, George A  Search this
Uniform title:
The Torch (Serial)  Search this
Subject:
Norton, George A  Search this
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1972
1972-1974
October 1972-April 1974
Topic:
Subway stations  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-040
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_254416

The Torch, 1955-2009

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Uniform title:
The Torch (Serial)  Search this
Physical description:
11 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Newspapers
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Compact discs
Date:
1955
1955-2009
Topic:
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01287
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The Torch 1955-2009 [Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_255367

150th Anniversary Program Records, 1992-1997

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Uniform title:
The Torch (Serial)  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Anniversaries, etc  Search this
Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary Program  Search this
Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary Program Committee  Search this
Smithsonian Institution 150th Birthday Party on the National Mall (1996: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
America's Smithsonian (Traveling exhibition) (1995-1998)  Search this
Physical description:
Oversize materials unprocessed holdings
5.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Clippings
Brochures
Videotapes
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Date:
1992
1992-1997
Topic:
Anniversaries  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00784
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150th Anniversary Program Records 1992-1997 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_220193

Publications

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newsletters
Date:
1978-2009
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of a record set of volunteer issues of and special supplements to The Torch, the monthly employee newsletter published by the Office of Public Affairs. The Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC) collected this subset of The Torch in order to pull together all documentation of the various volunteer programs at the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to 1985, the January issue of each year contained several articles related to volunteers and, in most years, a list of all volunteers across the Smithsonian Institution. These articles were alongside articles covering other topics. Beginning in 1985, a special volunteer supplement was placed in the January issue each year. During this later time period, only the supplement, and not the entire newsletter, was maintained by VIARC in most cases. In 2009, the supplement occurred in the April issue, the last print issue of The Torch.
Topic:
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Volunteers  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-045, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Publications
Identifier:
Accession 10-045
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Publications
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-045

The Torch

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newspapers
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1955-1960, 1965-1988
Descriptive Entry:
The Torch, a newspaper for Smithsonian Institution employees, was first published in 1955 by the Office of Information and later by its successor, the Office of Public Affairs. The publication appeared somewhat sporadically until 1960, when it stopped, to resume in 1965. Since that time, it has appeared monthly in a larger format. Occasional special issues mark events such as the opening of a major museum or a change in the administration of the Institution.

Articles in The Torch concern exhibitions, events, seasonal happenings, administrative changes, job moves, retirements, marriages, births, and deaths. Also included are features on individual staff members, concerning interesting aspects of their jobs, sports, or hobbies.

These records consist of two copies (when available) of each issue of The Torch. Issues since roughly 1972 also include prints of some of the photographs for that issue. Not every photograph is included-only those transferred with the records. In some instances, there is a notation that a photograph was returned to its owner. In others, there is no explanation.

Many of the images in this collection are available online.

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Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newspapers
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, The Torch
Identifier:
Record Unit 371
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The Torch
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0371

Biographical Files

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (10 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1963-1988
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of biographical files collected by the Office of Public Affairs primarily for the use and convenience of that office.

Like many biographical files, the records were added to as bits of information were collected, from the newspaper, from press releases, from The Torch, or from SI announcements. The more important figures represented in the files contain more documentation and often include a photograph.

The files contain information on regents, employees, donors, artists whose works are in the collections, and docents and volunteers.
Historical Note:
The Office of Public Affairs had its origins in the editorial and publication division of the Smithsonian Institution (SI), which had long been disbursing news about events and exhibitions. In 1965 a separate Office of Information, reporting to the Secretary, was created, in part to deal with festivities and events surrounding the Smithson Bicentennial. B. Richard Berg was appointed Director and George J. Berklacy, press officer. The new office issued press releases, answered public inquiries, maintained a system of recorded telephone announcements, arranged for the production of films, and dealt, in general, with the media.

The Office of Public Affairs, reporting to the Assistant Secretary for Public Service, was established in 1968. It was charged with publicizing the programs of the Smithsonian through a broad range of methods of communications, from radio to films to special events. Initially the office provided services including tours, visitor booths, publications, recorded messages, news releases, information leaflets, and the answering of public inquiries.

Frederic M. Philips served as Director, 1968-1972. He was succeeded by Carl W. Larsen, who held the position 1972-1978. In 1977 Lawrence E. Taylor assumed the title of Coordinator of Public Information, with the offices of public affairs, congressional liaison, and special events under his direction. In 1984 Taylor retired and the Office of Public Affairs again reported to the Assistant Secretary for Public Service. Alvin Rosenfeld served as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs,1979-1986. Madeleine Jacobs was Director, 1987- .
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 420, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Biographical Files
Identifier:
Record Unit 420
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Biographical Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0420

Photographs

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Smithsonian Institution Research Reports (Serial)
Smithsonian news service (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color negatives
Color transparencies
Date:
1979-1986 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of master and duplicate photographs, slides and negatives, mostly of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (until 1983, Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, which were featured in the TORCH, Smithsonian Research Reports and News Service. Photographs, which were taken by Smithsonian Institution staff photographers as well as outside photographers, depict buildings and grounds, staff, animals and insects. In a few cases there are descriptions attached to the photographs, and in many cases, Smithsonian (Office of Printing and Photographic Services) negative numbers are noted.

Several photographs are by photographers not associated with the Smithsonian, and may contain copyright restrictions.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color negatives
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-102, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Photographs
Identifier:
Accession 96-102
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Photographs
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa96-102

The Torch

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Newspapers
Date:
1989-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of The Torch newspaper and photographs.

Many of the images in this collection are available online.

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Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Newspapers
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, The Torch
Identifier:
Accession 98-015
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The Torch
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa98-015

Frank A. Taylor Oral History Interviews

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Taylor, Frank A. (Frank Augustus), 1903-2007, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
26 audiotapes (Reference). 45 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Compact discs
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Electronic records
Date:
1974, 1979-1980, 1982, 2005
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Taylor was interviewed for the Oral History Program because of his long and outstanding scholarly and administrative career during his sixty years at the Smithsonian.
Descriptive Entry:
Taylor was interviewed by Miriam S. Freilicher on ten occasions between January and April of 1974, by Pamela M. Henson on seven occasions between July 1979 and April 2003, and by Henson and Cynthia Field in May of 2005. The interviews cover Taylor's youth and education, career at the Smithsonian from laboratory apprentice to Director-General of Museums, work on the Exhibits Modernization Program, development of the National Museum of History and Technology, role as an administrator and work in the international museum community.
Historical Note:
Frank Augustus Taylor (1903-2007) was a Curator of Engineering and Industries and administrator at the Smithsonian. He was born in 1903 in Washington, D.C., where he grew up. In 1922 he accepted a position as Laboratory Apprentice in the Division of Mechanical Technology of the United States National Museum (USNM), and in 1925 he advanced to Museum Aid. After receiving the B.S. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Taylor was appointed Assistant Curator in 1929. He became Curator of the Division of Engineering in 1933 and Head Curator of the Department of Engineering and Industries in 1948. Taylor also received the J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1934.

During his early years at the Smithsonian, Taylor worked to improve the exhibits and collections in the Arts and Industries Building of the USNM. During the depression, he was assistant director of the Historical American Merchant Marine Survey, WPA Federal Project #6, which was administered through the Smithsonian. In 1950, as chairman of the Exhibits Modernization Committee, he began planning the renovation program for exhibits in the USNM. In 1946 he also began the planning effort for a science and technology museum, and in 1954, the authorization for the National Museum of History and Technology was passed by Congress. In 1955 he was appointed Assistant Director of the USNM with special responsibility for planning the NMHT. Taylor oversaw construction of the building, hiring of staff, and development of exhibits. In 1958 he was appointed the first Director of the new museum which opened in January of 1964.

In the fall of 1962 Taylor was appointed Director of the United States National Museum with responsibility for both the National Museum of History and Technology and the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). In 1968 he became Director-General of Museums with responsibilities for Smithsonian-wide programs in conservation, exhibits and registration, the National Museum Act programs, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Taylor was active in the international museum community and worked closely with the American Association of Museums and the International Council of Museums. He oversaw the 1965 Belmont Conference and Report on the needs of America's museums which led to the National Museum Act and the Museum Services and Facilities Act. Taylor was responsible for the development of the legislation and programs of the National Museum Act. Taylor retired on 23 January 1971 but continued to work at the Smithsonian as a Research Associate of Smithsonian Institution Archives and as Consultant to the Secretary until 1983.
Topic:
Science -- History  Search this
Technology -- History  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Records of meetings, organizations, and professional societies  Search this
Museum architecture  Search this
Museum directors -- Interviews  Search this
Museum curators -- Interviews  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Compact discs
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9512, Frank A. Taylor Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9512
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Frank A. Taylor Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9512

The Torch

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newspapers
Compact discs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Electronic records
Date:
2000-2004
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of a record set of The Torch, a newspaper for Smithsonian Institution employees. Also included are photographs (both hard copy and digital images) used in each issue, as well as slides.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newspapers
Compact discs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-298, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, The Torch
Identifier:
Accession 05-298
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The Torch
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-298

The Torch

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Newspapers
Date:
1994-1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of The Torch newsletters and photographs used in each issue.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Newspapers
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-081, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, The Torch
Identifier:
Accession 01-081
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The Torch
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa01-081

The Torch

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newspapers
Date:
2005-2007
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of a record set of The Torch, a newspaper for Smithsonian Institution employees.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newspapers
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-064, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, The Torch
Identifier:
Accession 08-064
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The Torch
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa08-064

Photographs

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Inside Smithsonian Research (Serial : 2004- )
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Compact discs
Electronic records
Date:
2003-2007
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of digital images used in the Office of Public Affairs publications, Inside Smithsonian Research and The Torch. Inside Smithsonian Research is a newsletter which documents research in art, history, and science at the Smithsonian Institution. The Torch is a newspaper for Smithsonian Institution employees and documents exhibitions, events, seasonal happenings, administrative changes, job moves, and retirements. Also included are features on individual staff members, concerning interesting aspects of their jobs, sports, or hobbies. Materials consist of JPEG and TIFF images and are in electronic format.
Topic:
Museum publications  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Research  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Compact discs
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-291, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Photographs
Identifier:
Accession 09-291
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Photographs
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-291

Publication Records

Topic:
Research reports (Smithsonian Institution) (Serial)
Inside Smithsonian Research (Serial)
Smithsonian year (Serial)
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
2.58 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Compact discs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Black-and-white photographs
Electronic records
Date:
1969, 1971, 1976-2007
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of publication records maintained by Kathryn B. Lindeman, Director of Publications. These materials document the various publication efforts of the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) to promote and provide information to the diverse population of people who work for, visit, and do research at the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Included in this accession are visitor brochures printed in a variety of languages, in Braille, and on audiocassette; brochures regarding African American heritage at SI; materials related to the publication of "Research Reports" and "Inside Smithsonian Research," including reader surveys; materials related to the publication of "Smithsonian Year" and subsequent annual reports of SI, including photographs used in the annual report; materials related to the publication of "The Torch," including materials regarding redesigns of the newspaper and materials from focus groups; and other miscellaneous publication-related records including documentation regarding metrication in publications, newsletter surveys, African American focus groups, and alternative formats for brochures. Materials include correspondence; memoranda; brochures; guides; reports; surveys; audiocassettes; color transparencies, slides, and photographs; and black-and-white photographs. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Museum publications  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Metric system  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Compact discs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Black-and-white photographs
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-132, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Publication Records
Identifier:
Accession 07-132
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Publication Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa07-132

Subject Files

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Tiger Talk (Newsletter)
Creator::
National Zoological Park. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Date:
1988-1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of memoranda and correspondence relating news and information about National Zoological Park (NZP) events and staff activities. Materials include submissions for the Torch and Tiger Talk, and NZP's Assistant Secretary's monthly program reports. Also included are updates for the Visitor Information and Associate's Reception Center's (VIARC) exhibition directory.
Topic:
Zoos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 92-049, National Zoological Park. Office of Public Affairs, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 92-049
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Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa92-049

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