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Moses and Frances Asch Collection

Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Names:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Jenkins, Ella  Search this
Leadbelly, 1885-1949  Search this
Ramsey, Frederic, 1915-1995  Search this
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014  Search this
Extent:
841 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Correspondence
Phonograph records
Photographic prints
Audiotapes
Date:
1926-1986
bulk 1948-1986
Summary:
This collection, which dates from 1926-1986, documents the output of Moses Asch through the various record labels he founded and co-founded, and includes some of his personal papers. The Asch collection includes published recordings, master tapes, outtakes, business records, correspondence, photographs, and film.
Scope and Contents:
The Moses and Frances Asch Collection measures 841 cubic feet and dates from 1926-1987, with some contemporary, relevant correspondence, clippings, and ephemera added after 1987.

Most of the collection consists of audio recordings (commercial 78 rpm and long-playing records, open reel tapes, acetate discs, and test pressings), correspondence with recording artists and producers, artwork, photographs, ephemera, clippings, record production materials, writings, and business papers relating to Folkways Records. Materials relating to Folkways Records can be found primarily in the Correspondence, Folkways Production, Business Records, Photographs, Artwork, Sound Recordings, and Film series.

The collection also contains some biographical materials and personal correspondence, including materials related to Asch's first business, Radio Laboratories, located in the Biographical Materials series. Correspondence, ephemera, photographs, record production materials, business papers, and recordings relating to Asch's record labels before Folkways Records (Asch Recordings, Disc Company of America, Cub Records) are located in the Early Label Materials series as well as the Audio Recordings and Photographs series.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged in 10 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1987

Series 2: Folkways Production, 1946-1987

Series 3: Business Records, 1940-1987

Series 4: Woody Guthrie papers, 1927-1985

Series 5: Early Label Materials, 1940-1949

Series 6: Biographical Materials, 1926-1987

Series 7: Photographs

Series 8: Artwork

Series 9: Audio Recordings

Series 10: Film

At this time, the collection is partially processed. Please contact rinzlerarchives@si.edu for more information.
Biographical/Historical note:
The son of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch, Moses Asch was born in Poland in 1905. His childhood was spent in Poland, France, Germany, and New York. While young, Asch developed an interest in radio electronics, which ultimately lead him to his life's work, recording the music and sounds of the world. He established several record labels in succession, sometimes partnering with other record companies. Two of his fist record companies, Asch Recordings and DISC Co. of America, went bankrupt. They were followed by his best-known label, Folkways Records, which was founded in 1948 with Marian Distler (1919-1964). He was still working on Folkways recordings when he died in 1986.

Folkways Records sought to document the entire world of sound. The 2,168 titles Asch released on Folkways include traditional and contemporary music from around the world, spoken word in many languages, and documentary recordings of individuals, communities, and current events. Asch's business practices revolved around the commitment to keep every recording issued by Folkways in print, despite low sales. Asch stayed afloat by cutting costs where he could (such as color printing) and offering a high-quality product, meticulously recorded and accompanied by extensive liner notes. In doing this, he could charge a slightly higher price than other commercial outfits. Despite a tenuous relationship with financial solvency, Folkways grew to be not only one of the most important independent record companies in the United States in the 20th century, but also one of the largest and most influential record companies in the world.

Moses Asch's record labels featured famous and lesser known American writers, poets, documentarians, ethnographers, and grass roots musicians on commercial recordings. American folk icon Woody Guthrie recorded on the Asch, Disc, and Folkways labels, and the Asch Collection includes some of his correspondence, lyrics, drawings, and writings. The collection also includes correspondence with other notable musicians and artists such as John Cage, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl, Alan Lomax, Henry Cowell, and Kenneth Patchen. Also in the collection are ethnographic field notes and photographs by as well as correspondence with Béla Barók, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Harold Courlander, Helen Creighton, Laura Boulton, and Samuel Charters. Asch hired various prominent artists and graphic designers including David Stone Martin, Ben Shahn, John Carlis, and Ronald Clyne to create album cover art for his recordings. Much of the original art and designs for these covers can be found in the Asch Collection.

Asch's output of recordings on various labels, including published recordings, open reel master tapes, outtakes, and acetate disks, in addition to his business papers, correspondence, photographs, and other files were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1987. The collection came to the Smithsonian with the understanding that all 2168 titles under the Folkways label would be kept available in perpetuity.
Shared Stewardship of Collections:
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acknowledges and respects the right of artists, performers, Folklife Festival participants, community-based scholars, and knowledge-keepers to collaboratively steward representations of themselves and their intangible cultural heritage in media produced, curated, and distributed by the Center. Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process grounded in the Center's commitment to connecting living people and cultures to the materials this collection represents. To view the Center's full shared stewardship policy, which defines our protocols for addressing collections-related inquiries and concerns, please visit https://folklife.si.edu/archives#shared-stewardship.
Provenance:
Ralph Rinzler arranged the Smithsonian's acquisition of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection in 1987, beginning with Asch before his death in 1986 and continuing with extensive discussions between Rinzler and the Asch family. Since its acquisition, archivist Jeff Place and others have added contemporary, relevant correspondence with Folkways artists and related individuals.
Restrictions:
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Folk dance music  Search this
Electronic music  Search this
Oral interpretation of poetry  Search this
Oral interpretation of fiction  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 19th century  Search this
Music -- 18th century  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Folk music -- United States  Search this
World music  Search this
Sounds  Search this
Vocal music  Search this
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records
Correspondence
Phonograph records
Photographic prints
Audiotapes
Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk533b8a927-559a-44ac-98d2-f32d871058b4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-asch
Online Media:

Flash Flood, Folk Tales of Indonesia (Courlander)

Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Indonesian  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Indonesia
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-0848
General:
CDR copy FW-ASCH-7RR-0848, of many spliced-together segments, contains sounds of heavy rain, sounds of the jungle, including tiger roars, etc. and sounds of the person working the recording equipment, etc., along a very brief excerpt of Harold Courlander reciting the opening words of a folk tale from Indonesia (about Kantchil, a clever mouse deer (chevrotain). The tape probably was intended for use in producing the Folkways record, "Folk Tales From Indonesia" (FW07102).
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Sounds  Search this
Storytelling -- Indonesia  Search this
Weather  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-0848
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5a995c8ca-33ed-4496-b5b2-4cf31ee84320
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref19347

Courlander Children's Recordings

Recorder:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
Drumming--unknown--guitar--One More River to Cross- 5 unk.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2669
General:
CDR copy
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Music -- Juvenile  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-2669
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk51d929d1c-8170-435a-8f60-66d683ef6bf6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref20958

Folk Music U.S.A

Editor:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Creator:
Smith, Charles Edward, 1904-1970  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
Rolling River (Gribble, Lusk and York)-(2:45) -- Allons danser Colinda / (Roy Brule) (1:51) -- Sourwood mountain / (Hobart Smith) (1:22) -- Diamond Joe / (Cisco Houston) (2:24) -- Siete leguas / (Peter Hurd) (2:24) -- Matachines dance : New Mexican (1:33) -- Moonlight song : Taos Indian serenade (2:08) -- War dance song : Flathead Indians (1:28) -- Esta Navidad : Puerto Rican Christmas song (3:06) -- Aguinaldo Cagueno / (The "Trobabdore" De La Montana) (4:17) -- Rocky road / (Alabama Sacred Harp Singers) (2:43) -- If we never meet again / (Children of Diamond Rural School) (:55) -- Inviting-in dance song / (Otis Ahkivigak) (1:05).
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2775
General:
CDR copy; copy exists in DAMS system

Sung and played by native musicians.

FW-ASCH-7RR-2773, -2774, and -2775, all in black tape boxes, contain tracks which where incorporated into the Folkways anthology entitled Folk Music U.S.A. (FW04530), published in 1959, compiled by Harold Courlander, with notes written by Charles Edward Smith. However, a few tracks are only on these tapes and not on the Folkways album, while a few tracks on the Folkways albums are not on these tapes. The album contains a wide variety of types of American music, from African American to Native American to Appalachian. Many of the selections were initially recorded in the 1950's, while some were from the 1940's or from old 78's. Additional information about individual performers and additional documentation about each track, above what is in the sheets accompanying the CD, etc., can be found in the FW04530 liner notes. The original tape boxes for -2773, -2774, and -2775 say, respectively, "Folk Music of the U.S. #2," "American Anthology #1," and American Anthology #2."
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Popular music -- United States  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-2775
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5f2588ea2-1851-4ef9-9b95-26bba91f90ae
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref25682

Folk Music U.S.A

Editor:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Creator:
Smith, Charles Edward, 1904-1970  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
John Henry / (Virgil Perkins & Jack Sims) (4:10) -- Grizzly bear : Negro prison camp worksong (3:31) -- Blowing the train / (Percy Randolph) (2:52) -- Six thousand miles from nowhere / (Snooks Eaglin) (3:06) -- Dark was the night / (Blind Willie Johnson) (3:24) -- Amasee children's ring game song (1:34) -- Spooky drums / (Baby Dodds) (2:19) -- Black Jack Davy / (Mary Jo Davis) (3:09) -- Drunken sailor : dulcimer melody (1:19) -- Ellen Smith / (Pete Steel) (1:38) -- Run, run / (Elizabeth Cotton) (:57) -- Mole in the ground / (Bascom Lamar Lunsford) (2:49)
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2774
General:
CDR copy; copy exists in DAMS system

FW-ASCH-7RR-2773, -2774, and -2775, all in black tape boxes, contain tracks which where incorporated into the Folkways anthology entitled Folk Music U.S.A. (FW04530), published in 1959, compiled by Harold Courlander, with notes written by Charles Edward Smith. However, a few tracks are only on these tapes and not on the Folkways album, while a few tracks on the Folkways albums are not on these tapes. The album contains a wide variety of types of American music, from African American to Native American to Appalachian. Many of the selections were initially recorded in the 1950's, while some were from the 1940's or from old 78's. Additional information about individual performers and additional documentation about each track, above what is in the sheets accompanying the CD, etc., can be found in the FW04530 liner notes. The original tape boxes for -2773, -2774, and -2775 say, respectively, "Folk Music of the U.S. #2," "American Anthology #1," and American Anthology #2."
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Popular music -- United States  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-2774
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk50c5e034d-86d0-4592-aad0-2a3de2ad26e1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref25683

Folk Music U.S.A

Editor:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
Instrumental--She'll be coming around the mountain--Latin American song--Allons danser Colinda--Sourwood Mountain--Matachines dance--Latin American dance
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2773
General:
CDR copy; copy exists in DAMS system

FW-ASCH-7RR-2773, -2774, and -2775, all in black tape boxes, contain tracks which where incorporated into the Folkways anthology entitled Folk Music U.S.A. (FW04530), published in 1959, compiled by Harold Courlander, with notes written by Charles Edward Smith. However, a few tracks are only on these tapes and not on the Folkways album, while a few tracks on the Folkways albums are not on these tapes. The album contains a wide variety of types of American music, from African American to Native American to Appalachian. Many of the selections were initially recorded in the 1950's, while some were from the 1940's or from old 78's. Additional information about individual performers and additional documentation about each track, above what is in the sheets accompanying the CD, etc., can be found in the FW04530 liner notes. The original tape boxes for -2773, -2774, and -2775 say, respectively, "Folk Music of the U.S. #2," "American Anthology #1," and American Anthology #2."
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Folk songs -- United States  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-2773
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5ffead366-3c0b-4ebf-b263-f6a4b161c0d0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref25684

Haitian Chorus/Puerto Rican Bomba

Recorder:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Haitians  Search this
Puerto Ricans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Puerto Rico
Haiti
Caribbean Area
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-4735
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
recorded 1954
General:
CDR copy

Folkways 6833
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music  Search this
Bomba (Dance)  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-4735
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
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Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5cd1b7d29-20f6-40da-a894-23ca2d6ce940
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref26420

Africa South of the Sahara

Recorder:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Africa
Rwanda
Contents:
Tutsi drums--Twa chorus--Shi kasayi--Kivu Bambuti chorus with drums--Nambuti pgymy song--Bambuti songs--Pende xylophoine
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-4737
General:
CDR copy
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music anthologies  Search this
Pende (African people)  Search this
Pgymy  Search this
Mbuti (African people)  Search this
Tutsi (African people)  Search this
World music -- Rwanda  Search this
Mbuti (African people) -- Music.  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-4737
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk58c284d1a-cf30-4835-9d24-e817efa5f433
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref26422

Folk Tales from Indonesia

Artist:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 5 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
Story about tigers
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-5RR-5987
General:
CDR copy- FW-ASCH-5RR-5987 consists of very short alternative alternative takes of excerpts of folk tales of Indonesia recited by Harold Courlander; the complete tales were released on FW07102, Folk Tales from Indonesia Told by Harold Courlander, in 1951. The five tales on the record all involve a small mouse deer (chevrotain) by the name of Kantchil, who outwits the larger animals, generally including tigers. (About 10 species of mouse deer are found in tropical Asia. They are neither deer nor mice, but in a family by themselves, although closely related to true deer.) The tales are reminiscent of Brer Rabbit stories.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Listening only. No Duplication Allowed.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-5RR-5987
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5573d4203-ac91-43ff-98ae-cb6fe428d474
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref27887

Negro Folk Music of Africa and America

Editor:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
Ingane Kamalume (Zulu, South Africa) -- Shayisa Inkasa (Zulu, South Africa) -- Music of boatmen (Badouma, French Equatorial Africa) -- Orin Muritala Alhaji (Yoruba, Nigeria) -- Bara Sanaba-Bara (Ibo, Nigeria) -- Traveling song (Sudan) -- Festival song (Sudan) -- Bina Adamu (Swahili, Zanzibar)
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0340
General:
Music from Zulu, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, Equatorial Africa, Zanzibar, Brazil, Haiti, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Alabama and Mississippi.

Folkways 4500

CDR copy
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music anthologies  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0340
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5e9640c21-7790-4347-ae2e-ec3c8d86e11b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18844

Folk Music of Pakistan

Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ramsey, Frederic, 1915-1995  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Container:
Box LP, Item 489
Culture:
Pakistanis  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Place:
Pakistan
Sindh (Pakistan)
Date:
1951
Contents:
Dholak geet (3:42) --Mahiya (3:36) --Bhatiali (3:24) --Frontier melody (2:15) --Folk dance (4:05) --Kohiyari (4:43) --Dholak geet (3:54) --Tangtakore (4:04) --Pushtu love song (4:17) -- Bhawaiya (3:52) --Folk tune (2:15) --Khatak dance (2:07) -- Khatak dance (1:00).
Local Numbers:
Folkways.425; Folkways.4425

FLP.83275

RA-RAMS-LP-0489
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Folkways 1951
General:
Includes program notes by John Gonella ; Harold Courlander, editor. Production notes: Recorded in Pakistan by Pakistan government circa 1951.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music -- Pakistan  Search this
Collection Citation:
Frederic Ramsey audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.RAMS, File Folkways.425; Folkways.4425
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Frederic Ramsey audio recordings
Frederic Ramsey audio recordings / 33 1/3 RPM Records
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5b921d67a-8575-4e2f-9682-758825aac544
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-rams-ref1161

World of Man, The, Vol. 1: His Work

Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996 (liner notes)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Date:
195x
Contents:
Vol. 1: His work: Hunting calls and animal cries (The Congo, Brazil, Hudson Bay); Cattle calls (the Philippines, Norway) -- Brush and timber clearing (Liberia, the Philippines); Lumbering (southern United States); Housebuilding (the Cameroons); Stonecutting (Japan) --Celebrating the new house (Honduras); Silversmithing (the Navajo); Spinning (Japan); Cloth-shrinking (the Hebrides) --Roadbuilding (Haiti); River transport (Equatorial Africa); Corn-grinding (Haiti) --
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-0379

FLP.40636

FLP.40636 ;.Folkways.731
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Folkways 195x
General:
Narrated by the author with dubbings of recorded folk music.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music anthologies  Search this
World music  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-0379
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk57d5f525b-7ea8-497d-b45d-4d3aa81f7423
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref16225

Music from South Asia

Editor:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Creator:
Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965 (liner notes)  Search this
Recorder:
Sobel, Louis  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Place:
India
Pakistan
Nepal -- Songs and music
Nepal
Date:
1957
Contents:
Gauri dance (Sorastra State) -- Dance with long horns (Kulu Valley) -- Siddia dance (Hyderabad) -- Tabla tarangi (Central India) -- Folk song (Goa) -- Marital song (Nepal) -- Folk dance (Sind State) -- Khatak dance (Northwest Frontier, Pathan) -- Classical song (Pakistan) -- Wedding song (Pakistan, Pushtu) -- Geet (Kashmir).
Local Numbers:
FW-COMM-LP-04447

Folkways.4447
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Folkways 1957
Participant or Performer Note:
Sung and played by native musicians, principally in India and Pakistan.
General:
Commercial

Program notes by Harold Courlander and Henry Cowell (3 p.) inserted in slipcase.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music  Search this
Music -- India  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-COMM-LP-04447
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk50ee750a1-0b10-4c89-a228-a4f7c65e79b7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref16611

Radio programme : III : Courlander's almanac : familiar music in strange places

Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Date:
1956
Contents:
Viva viva Portugal : Darling I am growing older --Goan folk song --Thai chorus : Maine stein song --Burmese medley : Hi ho hi ho --Indonesian rhumba --Japanese hit tune --Tahitian song : Little Joe the wrangler --Russian male chorus : There's a tavern in the town.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-3349

FLP.43606

FLP.43606 ;.Folkways.86/3
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Folkways 1956
General:
Originally broadcast in 1954 on the radio program, NBC's Collector's Item.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music anthologies  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-3349
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5027598d6-68d6-43ab-897a-950ac8b308a4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref17710

Meringues: Calypso

Recorder:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-3964
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Calypso (Music)  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-3964
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5b9c3a8c0-ff6e-41d1-b49a-ff10255b98f8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18015

Calypso : Merengues

Artist:
Lord Invader, 1914-1961  Search this
Duke of Iron  Search this
Creator:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996 (liner notes)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Date:
1950
Contents:
Carnival is bacchanal -- Mary Anne -- Druscilla -- Cousin family -- Dorothy, one morning -- Nous allons dodo -- Trois fois trois -- Angelique oh -- Menage qui belle.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-4254

Folkways.810
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Folkways 1950
General:
Program notes by Harold Courlander, with song texts and English translations ([4] p.) inserted. Performer(s): Various calypso groups including Lord Invader, Duke of Iron, Macbeth, and Felix and his Internationals ; Merengues performed by the Jazz Majestic Orchestra, Andre Charles, director. Production notes: Recorded in Haiti by H. Courlander.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Calypso (Music)  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-4254
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk57efe4dcc-f524-4d77-808b-bed519a62e86
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18102

Folk Music of the Western Congo

Recorder:
Verwilghen, Leo A. (liner notes)  Search this
Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Place:
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Congo
Date:
1952
Contents:
Babunda song.--Bapende work song.--Bambala drumming (2 examples)--Bambala litigation.--Bambala "talking" drum.--Bambala dance.--Bapindi sansas (2 examples)--Bapindi hunting calls.--Bapende xylophone (2 examples)--Bapende and bakwesi children's song.--Basuku children's song.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-4302

Folkways.4427
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Folkways 1952
General:
Program notes by L.A. Verwilghen (4 p.)inserted in slipcase. Performer(s): Sung and played by native musicians. Production notes: Recorded in the Belgian Congo by Leo A. Verwilghen, in 1951.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-4302
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5edfc4586-0056-479f-935e-7b1fd7eaa5f9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18121

World of Man and His Work

Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0281
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
World music anthologies  Search this
World music  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0281
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk589008abc-83ca-4dd9-b640-da7b7f69a171
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18786

Uncle Bouqui of Haiti: By Harold Courlander

Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Artist:
Baker, Augusta  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Culture:
Haitians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Haiti
Date:
1956
Contents:
Uncle Bouqui gets whee-ai -- Uncle Bouqui rents a horse -- Uncle Bouqui and Godfather Malice.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0597
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Folkways 1956
General:
FW07107 / FC 7107 - Augusta Baker, storytelling specialist in the New York Public Library system, reads three of the Haitian folktales/children's stories transcribed by Harold Courlander, including "Uncle Bouqui Gets Whee-Ai," "Uncle Bouqui Rents a Horse" and "Uncle Bouqui and Godfather Malice." - Tape 1 of 2

CDR copy; sound file exists in the DAMS system

by Harold Courlander ; read by Augusta Baker.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Storytelling -- Haiti  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0597
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk55962446d-b965-4957-b127-a395692b758d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref19096

Uncle Bouqui of Haiti: By Harold Courlander

Producer:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Artist:
Baker, Augusta  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Culture:
Haitians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Haiti
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0598
General:
by Harold Courlander ; read by Augusta Baker.

FW07107 / FC 7107 - Augusta Baker, storytelling specialist in the New York Public Library system, reads three of the Haitian folktales/children's stories transcribed by Harold Courlander, including "Uncle Bouqui Goes Fishing," "Uncle Bouqui Rents a Horse," and "Uncle Bouqui Gets Whee-Ai." The story "Uncle Bouqui Goes Fishing" is replaced by "Uncle Bouqui and Godfather Malice" on the official Folkways release, and is not present on the album. - Tape 2 of 2

CDR copy; sound file exists in the DAMS system
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Storytelling -- Haiti  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0598
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk56c31d658-90ec-47b1-8b9e-b3ec42f8ec2a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref19097

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