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Photographs, Slides, and Negatives

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960s-1970s
Scope and Contents:
Nine folders containing undated and unidentified photographs, slides and negatives of Duke Ellington and band members that appear to document performances and activities from the 1960s to the 1970s. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0763, Series 2
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ellington Materials

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950s-1960s
Scope and Contents:
Four folders of miscellaneous material, dating from the 1950s through the 1970s, directly related to Duke Ellington's writings on the Sacred Concerts and his speech before the NAACP in 1957.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0763, Series 4
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Sound Recordings

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960s-1970s
Scope and Contents:
Four 33.3 rpm and five 45 rpm sound recordings. Included herein is an undated acetate reference recording of Duke Ellington's Afro-Bossa, one dated and four undated Mary Lou Williams 45rpm commercial releases and test pressing, an undated "Happy Sweets" Edison acetate reference recording of Sweetenings, and an undated Martial Solal commercial recording of Jazz et Cinema. The recordings are arranged alphabetically by performer or title when a performer is unidentified.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0763, Series 5
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950s-1970s
Scope and Contents:
Six folders of unidentified material unrelated to Duke Ellington. This material includes include information about the television program AYouth Wants to Know,@ silk screen prints of popular musicians on black felt, photo copies of unidentified sheet music, and miscellaneous flyers for Margaret Tynes.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0763, Series 11
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Gensel, John

Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Archives Center  Search this
Collection Producer:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Dept. of Public Programs  Search this
America's Jazz Heritage  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Collection Funder:
Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation  Search this
National Endowment for the Arts  Search this
Extent:
3 Sound cassettes (DAT)
Container:
Box 13 (Series 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound cassettes (dat)
Date:
1993 June 16-17
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must use reference copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Release forms exist for most interviews.
Collection Citation:
[Interviewee name] Interview, Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program Collection, 1992-2014, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program Collection / Series 1: Original Interview Recordings
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials

Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Names:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Photographs
Theater programs
Correspondence
Music
Programs
Press releases
Date:
1950-1979
Summary:
Papers relating to Duke Ellington, once owned by Ellington's publicist Joe Morgen: Morgen's correspondence, much of it relating to appearances by Ellington; photographs; some financial records; some music manuscripts of Ellington's; concert and theater programs; a film of Ellington at the White House in 1969 when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon; and press releases and newspaper and magazine articles.
Scope and Contents note:
The collection consists of material compiled by Joe Morgen as an employee of Duke Ellington from 1957 to 1979. This includes correspondence, some of Morgen=s personal financial records, photographs, magazine articles, and newspaper clippings about Ellington. In addition there are public relations and biographical sketches about Ellington, a 35mm film of Ellington at the White House when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon, and an acetate reference recording of AAfro-Bossa.@ There are also materials not related to Ellington that include miscellaneous sheet music from the AJudy Garland Show,@ documents for the 1960s program AYouth Wants to Know,@ some 45 rpm commercial and test sound recordings of Mary Lou Williams performing some of her music, broadsides of various jazz musicians printed on black cloth, and other unidentified documents.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into eleven series:

Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Personal Papers

Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Negatives

Series 3: Judy Garland Show Sheet Music

Series 4: Ellington Materials

Series 5: Sound Recordings

Series 6: Biographical and Press Related Materials

Series 7: Programs, Invitations, and Flyers

Series 8: Publications

Series 9: Magazine and Newspaper Clippings

Series 10: Film Reel, Duke Ellington at the White House

Series 11: Miscellaneous
Biographical/Historical note:
Rev. John Garcia Gensel, a Lutheran minister at St. Peter's church in New York City, 1956-1993, was a close confidant and spiritual presence within the New York jazz community. Conducting evening jazz vespers from 1965 until 1993, Gensel was able to develop close ties with New York's jazz musicians and their families. He believed that jazz was the best music for worship because it spoke to the existential nature of the person playing it. Along with conducting his jazz vespers, Gensel also officiated at weddings, baptisms, and funerals for much of the jazz community, including those of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie. Duke Ellington, a close friend and confidant, dedicated part of his Second Sacred Concert, The Shepard (Who Watches Over the Night Flock) to Gensel.

Joe Morgen, described as a fast talking Broadway-beat publicist, was hired by Ellington in 1957 to manage his public relations. Although he was disliked by Billy Strayhorn and perceived by others as graceless and aggressive, Ellington nonetheless overlooked Morgen's weaknesses. In his memoir Music Is My Mistress Ellington wrote, "I think he does a great job. He is an extraordinary individual, and I always say he is a man who doesn't have the tiniest facet of the devious in his makeup". Regardless of his reputation, Morgen proved highly adept at regaining media attention for Duke Ellington's music through features published in publications such as Look, the New York Times, and Newsweek. Phoebe Jacobs, head of promotion for the Basin Street Nightclub, said, "Joe Morgen made all of that happen. He sold everybody on Ellington." Morgen remained loyal to Ellington long after his death by working with his foundation to produce a benefit show and tribute to Duke to help raise money for the Ellington Cancer Foundation.

Sources

Fuller Up: The Dead Musicians Directory. Rev. John Gensel, 80, Pastor of Jazz Community' www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/7219/revjohngensel.html.

Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke. Music is My Mistress. New York: Double Day, 1978. 435. Hajdu, David. Lush Life, A Biography of Billy Strayhorn. New York: Farrar, Strauss,& Giroux, 1996. 166-169.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1993 by John Gensel. The collection was turned over to the Archives Center in October 2000, with the Deed of Gift being signed in January 2001 by Gensel's widow. It is unknown clear how the materials came into the possession of Father Gensel from Joe Morgen.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000
Theater programs -- 1950-1990
Correspondence -- 1950-2000
Music -- Manuscripts
Programs -- Concerts
Programs
Press releases
Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0763
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946-1979
Scope and Contents:
Eight folders of Joe Morgen's personal and business correspondence, 1954-1979. The correspondence is arranged chronologically by date. Much of the correspondence directly relates to Morgen's public relations work for Ellington. Also included is a copy of a contract signed between Morgen and Evelyn Tripp in 1948, Morgen's hotel bills from the Hotel Capitol where he stayed in the 1950s, phone bills (1976-1978), and his telephone and address book.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0763, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref513

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref514

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref515

Contract: Morgen-Waxman Assoc. Inc. & Evelyn Tripp

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref516

Hotel Bills from the Hotel Capitol

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref517

Phone Bills

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref518

Telephone and Address Book

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Joe Morgen Correspondence and Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref519

Photographs: Ellington

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref521

Photographs: Musicians Playing

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref522

Photographs: Publicity Photos

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref523

Photographs: Publicity Photos

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref524

Photographs: Publicity Photos

Collection Creator:
Gensel, John  Search this
Morgen, Joe  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
John Gensel Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0763-ref525

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