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Sketch of design for hanging

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
undated
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)22467
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Study for "Nine Square"

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1987
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)22509
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_22509

[Claire Zeisler : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Zeisler, Claire 1903-1991  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Zeisler, Claire 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Zeisler, Claire
Restrictions & Rights:
Photocopies of items in the folder(s) are available upon request, subject to fees and other current copyright guidelines for reproduction.
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_588679

Oral history interview with Claire Zeisler, 1981 June

Interviewee:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis, 1947-  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Fiberwork  Search this
Fiber artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12076
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)225035
AAA_collcode_zeisle81
Theme:
Craft
Women
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_225035
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Mildred Constantine Papers

Creator:
Constantine, Mildred  Search this
Names:
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Getty Conservation Institute  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Employees  Search this
Museum of New Mexico  Search this
Ohio State University  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Abakanowicz, Magdalena  Search this
Albers, Anni  Search this
Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902-  Search this
Barragán, Luis, 1902-  Search this
Block, Lou, 1895-1969  Search this
Bourgeois, Louise, 1911-2010  Search this
Buic, Jagoda, 1930-  Search this
Burle Marx, Roberto, 1909-1994  Search this
Cohen, Elaine Lustig, 1927-  Search this
Coiner, Charles T., 1897-  Search this
Corzo, Miguel Angel  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Anne, 1943-2008  Search this
Danto, Arthur Coleman, 1924-  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994  Search this
Fitch, James Marston  Search this
Goeritz, Mathias, 1915-  Search this
Hart, Allen M., 1925-  Search this
Hicks, Sheila, 1934-  Search this
Koch, Richard H., d. 2009  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Lionni, Leo, 1910-  Search this
Reeves, Ruth, 1892-1966  Search this
Reuter, Laurel  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969 -- Photographs  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Ten Haeff, Ingeborg, 1915-  Search this
Vignelli, Massimo  Search this
Weisman, Donald M.  Search this
Wilder, Elizabeth, 1908-  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987  Search this
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Extent:
5.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Illustrated letters
Transcripts
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
1945-2008
Summary:
The papers of Mildred Constantine measure 5.3 linear feet and are dated 1945-2009. Subject files, writings, photographs, and a scrapbook provide an overview of her curatorial work in the Architecture and Design department of the Museum of Modern Art, and subsequent activities as an independent curator, and art consultant. Especially well documented is Whole Cloth, a book written with Laurel Reuter that presents an historical overview of how artists have used cloth in their work.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Mildred Constantine measure 5.3 linear feet and are dated 1945-2008. Subject files, writings, photographs, and a scrapbook provide an overview of her curatorial work in the Architecture and Design department of the Museum of Modern Art, and subsequent activities as an independent curator, and art consultant. Especially well documented is the book Whole Cloth that she wrote with Laurel Reuter.

Correspondence, though mostly business related, often touches on personal matters since many of the artists and art world figures with whom she corresponded were also friends. Correspondents include Miguel Angel Corzo, Arthur C. Danto, Dorothy Dehner, Allen Hart (who sent more than 40 illustrated letters), Elizabeth Wilder and Donald L. Weisman. She also corresponded with many art institutions and organizations, among them the Cleveland Museum of Art, Independent International Design Conference, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of New Mexico, Ohio State University, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Estate of David Smith.

Subject files reflect Constantine's activities and interests. A large portion of this series concerns Whole Cloth, a book written with Laurel Reuter that presents an historical look at how artists have used cloth in their work. Correspondence between the two authors, with artists, institutions, and others concerns researching and writing the volume. Also documented are the successes and failures of Constantine's decade long pursuit to publish the book. Other substantive files relate to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Getty Conservation Institute, Sheila Hicks, Jack Lenor Larsen, Rhode Island School of Design, and Soviet Film Posters. Files concerning the University of the Arts' 2003 Commencement include a videocassette.

Writings by Constantine are lecture material and notes. Also found are transcripts of interviews with Constantine and writings by others. Printed material includes newspaper and magazine articles about Constantine and her career. A scrapbook of printed material and photographs documents an exhibition of Latin American posters at the Library of Congress organized by Constantine.

Photographs of people include Mildred Constantine with family, friends, artists and others at public and private events around the world. Notable photographs include: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Anni Albers, Alfred Barr, Luis Barragan, Lou Block, Louise Bourgeois, Jagoda Buic, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Charles Coiner, James Marston Fitch, Mathias Goeritz, Ingeborg Ten Haeff, Ann d'Harnoncourt, Sheila Hicks, Richard Koch, Nancy Koenigsberg, Jack Lenor Larsen, Leo Lionni, Roberto Burle Marx, Ruth Reeves, Laurel Reuter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ben Shahn, Massimo Vignelli, Ulfert Wilke, and Claire Zeisler. Also, there are photographs of artwork by a wide range of artists.
Arrangement:
The Mildred Constantine papers are organized into 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1947-1997 (Boxes 1, 6; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-2008 (Boxes 1, 6; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1964-2008 (Boxes 2-5; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1991-2008 (Box 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1961-2006 (Box 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, 1993 (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, 1945 (Box 5; 1 folder)

Series 8: Scrapbook, circa 1940s (Box 6; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Curator and writer Mildred Constantine (1913-2008) was associated with the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Architecture and Design from 1943 to 1971. She then became an art consultant and independent curator, and wrote on fiber and textiles, decorative arts, photography, caricature and cartoons.

Mildred Constantine (known as "Connie") began her career at College Art Association. Hired as a stenographer in 1930, she soon was promoted to editorial assistant for Parnassus, the forerunner of Art Journal.

Constantine left the College Art Association in 1937 to study at New York University and earned BA and MA degrees. She then continued her education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1940, Constantine worked in the Office of Inter-American Affairs at the Library of Congress; it was there that she met René d'Harnoncourt.

Influenced by her 1936 travels in Mexico, Constantine's first curatorial effort was an exhibition of Latin American posters. Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition was held at the Library of Congress.

At the urging of René d'Harnoncourt, The Museum of Modern Art's Architecture and Design Department hired Constantine in 1943. The majority of her 28 year tenure at the museum was spent working with the department's founder, architect Philip Johnson. As a curator during the 1950s and 1960s, Constantine's innovative exhibitions brought lesser known portions of the museum's collection to public attention. Among her exhibtions were: "Words and Images," that focused on graphic design and posters; "Polio Posters," the first Museum of Modern Art show dedicated to social issues; "Olivetti: Design in Industry;" "Signs in the Street;" and "Lettering by Hand." She also published books on Art Nouveau, contemporary package design, and other subjects.

In 1971, Constantine left the Museum of Modern Art to become an independent curator and art consultant. Exhibitions included "Frontiers in Fiber: The Americans," and "Small Works in Fiber" with Jack Lenor Larsen. Tina Modotti: A Fragile Life, Constantine's book on the photographer, actress, model, and political activist, appeared in 1974. That same year, she and Alan Fern produced Revolutionary Soviet Film Posters that focused on works from the 1920s. Her last published work, Whole Cloth, was written with Laurel Reuter and published in 1997. Constantine continued to research and write, and at the time of her death was working on a large, international survey of the study of thread.

Mildred Constantine and Ralph W. Bettelheim (1909-1993) were married for 50 years. They had two daughters, Judith and Vicki.

Mildred Constantine died from heart failure on December 10, 2008, at home in Nyack, New York.
Related Material:
Oral history interviews with Mildred Constantine were conducted for the Archives of American Art by Harlan Phillips, 1965 October 15, and by Paul Cummings, 1976 May 3-1976 August 26.
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives in 2009 by Mildred Constantine's daughters, Judith Bettelheim and Vicki McDaniel.
Restrictions:
Use of origininal material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Mildred Constantine papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Film posters, Russian  Search this
Textile fabrics in art  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Illustrated letters
Transcripts
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Mildred Constantine papers, 1945-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.consmild
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Mildred Constantine Papers
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Archives of American Art
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Claire Zeisler papers

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1941-1992
Summary:
The papers of fiber artist Claire Zeisler measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1992. Zeisler's career is documented through project files, printed materials, and scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection consists of twenty-two scrapbooks containing resumes and chronologies; an honorary degree; business correspondence with libraries, museums, and other institutions concerning exhibitions of Zeisler's work and the loan of her personal art collection; exhibition lists and condition reports; loan records; printed materials for exhibitons; and scattered sketches and hanging instructions. Project files contain documents relating to titled weavings and general works, and may include fabric samples, hanging instructions, plans, and material costs. Also found are three exhibition catalogs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of fiber artist Claire Zeisler measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1992. Zeisler's career is documented through project files, printed materials, and scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection consists of twenty-two scrapbooks containing resumes and chronologies; an honorary degree; business correspondence with libraries, museums, and other institutions concerning exhibitions of Zeisler's work and the loan of her personal art collection; exhibition lists and condition reports; loan records; printed materials for exhibitons; and scattered sketches and hanging instructions. Project files contain documents relating to titled weavings and general works, and may include fabric samples, hanging instructions, plans, and material costs. Also found are three exhibition catalogs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as three series

Series 1: Project Files, circa 1941-1991 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Printed Material, 1977-1987 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1941-1992 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 2-5)
Biographical / Historical:
Claire Zeisler (1903-1991) was a fiber artist and art collector active in Chicago, Illinois.

Zeisler was born Claire Block in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1903. She studied at Columbia College Chicago but left to marry Harold Florsheim in 1921. The couple divorced in 1943 and she married Ernest Zeisler in 1946.

For much of her early life, Claire concentrated her interest in art on collecting. Throughout the 1930s, she acquired paintings by European modern artists such as Paul Klee, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. Later, she collected paintings by American artists such as Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg. She expanded her collection to include textile works and baskets by Native Americans, and African sculpture among others.

After her divorce, she returned to the study of art at the Chicago Institute of Design and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She studied under Bea Swartchild who inspired a love for weaving. Zeisler's first works used traditional loom techniques but later she focused on knotting and braiding. She innovated free-falling fiber sculpture and her works helped push fiber art from craft to a fine art.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Claire Zeisler conducted by Dennis Barrie in June 1981.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 3109) inluding scrapbooks lent by Ziesler in 1983. Some, but not all, of this material was included in later donations. This material remains with the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Scrapbooks on reel 3019 were lent to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in August 1983 by Claire Zeisler. In 1992 her son and executor, Thomas Florsheim, donated additional scrapbooks, and project and weaving files. He interfiled new material in the previously microfilmed scrapbooks, 1941-1983, expanding them from eight notebooks to thirteen.
Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Weavers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Fiber artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Textile designers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Collectors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Textile crafts -- United States  Search this
Fiberwork  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Citation:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.zeisclai
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Claire Zeisler papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-zeisclai

Joan Lintault letter to Claire Zeisler

Creator:
Lintault, Joan  Search this
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Subject:
Southern Illinois University (System)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1983 September 9
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1067
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1067
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Red wrapped and twisted stick samples

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Artifacts
Date:
1983 August 17
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1068
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1068
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Sketch for Hirise on graph paper

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Subject:
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
circa 1983
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1069
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1069

Sheila Pachoski letter to Claire Zeisler

Creator:
Pachoski, Sheila  Search this
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1980 August 6
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1070
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1070
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Picture and wrappers from materials used in sculpture

Photographer:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1977 October 25
Topic:
Artists' materials  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)175
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_175

Photograph of sculpture Coil III - A Celebration.

Photographer:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1977
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)176
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_176

Notes for sculpture Multi-color slinky

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1972
Topic:
Fiber art  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18461
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18461
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Notes on the construction of Coil III - A Celebration

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1977 October 25
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)645
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_645
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Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Fiberwork  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Textile crafts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6928
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209057
AAA_collcode_zeisclai
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209057
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Breakwater

Collection Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968
Collection Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Claire Zeisler papers
Claire Zeisler papers / Series 1: Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zeisclai-ref10

Scrapbook 10

Collection Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Claire Zeisler papers
Claire Zeisler papers / Series 3: Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zeisclai-ref100

Scrapbook 11

Collection Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1-3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-1982
Collection Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Claire Zeisler papers
Claire Zeisler papers / Series 3: Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zeisclai-ref101

Scrapbook 12

Collection Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 4-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982-1983
Collection Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Claire Zeisler papers
Claire Zeisler papers / Series 3: Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zeisclai-ref102

Scrapbook 13

Collection Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 6-7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984
Collection Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Claire Zeisler papers
Claire Zeisler papers / Series 3: Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zeisclai-ref103

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