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Administrative Records, 2002-2006, 2008-2011, 2016-2017

Creator:
American Alliance of Museums Registrars Committee  Search this
Subject:
American Association of Museums Registrars Committee  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Date:
2002
2002-2017
2002-2006, 2008-2011, 2016-2017
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Museum registration methods  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 21-001
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2033; Transferring office; 2/26/1988 Agreement of Transfer; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_404367

Michael Bell papers, 1942-1989

Creator:
Bell, Michael S., 1946-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5890
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208730
AAA_collcode_bellmich
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Art Movements and Schools
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208730

Michael Bell papers

Creator:
Bell, Michael S., 1946-  Search this
Extent:
4.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
1942-1989
Scope and Contents:
Papers relating to Bell's involvement in American Association of Museum Registrars Committee and his research on Surrealism.
Included are correspondence with colleagues concerning grant proposals, plans for seminars, and the activities of the American Surrealist Initiative, and the American Association of Museum Registrars' Committee, 1977-1989; notes for the lecture "Collections Management", 1977; notes concerning the AAM Registrars' Committee, 1976-1980, and the Western Association of Art Museums Committee, 1977-1979; a consultancy report for the Joslyn Art Museum, 1977; a card file of artists' addresses; essays and surrealist artists' statements; exhibition files which include a video tape and audio cassette pertaining to exhibition "100 Vows of the Sun", 1985; exhibition catalogs, 1942-1988; clippings; miscellaneous printed material; and photographs of artists and works of art, 1977-1984.
Biographical / Historical:
Curator, art administrator; San Francisco, California. Born 1946. Began work on contemporary Surrealists in 1975 under George Neubert at the Oakland Museum, later at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Other Title:
American Surrealist Initiative.
Provenance:
Donated 1982-1988 by Bell. He collected materials on Surrealism privately under the title "American Surrealist Initiative."
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Museum administrators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Museum registrars -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.bellmich
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bellmich

Helena M. Weiss Papers

Creator::
Weiss, Helena M., 1909-2004  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Scrapbooks
Ephemera
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1923-2001
Descriptive Entry:
The materials in this accession document Weiss' work in the Office of Correspondence and Documents, the Department of Geology, and as Registrar for the USNM. Among those represented in the collection are Ray S. Bassler, Alexander Wetmore, Herbert S. Bryant, and Leonard Carmichael. Of interest are two diaries of Bassler which cover the time period from 1942-1947 and passport photographs of administrators, scientists, curators, and other individuals within the Smithsonian.

The collection is organized into the following subseries: 1) Helena Weiss; 2) Ray S. Bassler; 3) Smithsonian Institution. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, a scrapbook, notebooks, record books, diaries, black-and-white photographs, postcards, certificates, awards, and ephemera.
Historical Note:
Raised in Shipman, Illinois, Helena M. Weiss attended the Butler Business College in Butler, Pennsylvania as well as graduated from the Wheeler Business College in Birmingham, Alabama before she began her career as a museum registrar and administrator. Her work began as a stenographer for the Veterans Administration in 1930. A year later she was appointed Junior Clerk-Stenographer in the Office of Correspondence and Documents (renamed the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1947) of the United States National Museum (USNM) and in 1935 Weiss transferred to the Department of Geology. By 1948 Weiss returned to the Office of Correspondence and Records as an Administrative Assistant and later that year would advance to Chief after the retirement of Herbert S. Bryant. In 1956 her title was changed to Registrar and she remained in that position until her retirement in 1971.

As one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian Institution, Weiss was responsible for the central filing system of the USNM, public inquiry mail, mail service, accession reports, loans and exchanges, shipping, foreign travel, customs regulations, insurance, and workman's compensation. During her tenure, Weiss was involved in the acquisition of such museum specimens as the Wright Brothers' plane, "Kitty Hawk," the Hope Diamond, and the Fenykovi elephant.
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Scrapbooks
Ephemera
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-112, Helena M. Weiss Papers
Identifier:
Accession 05-112
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Helena M. Weiss Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-112

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, RenĂ©  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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Festival Recordings: Smithsonian Narrative Stage: Ask Smithsonian, VIARC; Caring for Collections, Museum Registrars

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Working at the Smithsonian Program 1996 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Ruland, Tim (recorder)  Search this
Ruland, Marcella (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Benedict, Cordelia  Search this
Ridgley, Katherine N.  Search this
Bennett, Liz  Search this
Rose, Cordelia  Search this
Benas, Jeanne  Search this
Block, Judith  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1996 July 5
Track Information:
101 Stories from the Field,Research / Cordelia Benedict, Katherine N. Ridgley, Liz Bennett.

102 Caring for Collections / Cordelia Rose, Jeanne Benas, Judith Block.
Local Numbers:
FP-1996-CT-0112
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 5, 1996.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Volunteers  Search this
Smithsonian Institution -- VIARC  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Collection management  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1996 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1996, Item FP-1996-CT-0112
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1996 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1996 Festival of American Folklife / Series 5: Working at the Smithsonian / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1996-ref2528

Accession Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1874-1908
Descriptive Entry:
This is a record of specimens and objects stored and controlled by the Registrar's office. Information on contents is usually very limited. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 126, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Accession Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 126
See more items in:
Accession Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0126

Correspondence and Memoranda

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1880-1884
Descriptive Entry:
These records include the correspondence of Stephen C. Brown with Spencer Fullerton Baird at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, regarding operation of the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 127, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Correspondence and Memoranda
Identifier:
Record Unit 127
See more items in:
Correspondence and Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0127

Correspondence and Memoranda

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (3 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1890-1919
Descriptive Entry:
These records include correspondence from the Registrar to United States National Museum staff and others, mostly regarding transportation of specimens, and the annual report of the Registrar to the Assistant Secretary, including a statement of specimen distributions. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 128, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Correspondence and Memoranda
Identifier:
Record Unit 128
See more items in:
Correspondence and Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0128

Shipment Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
4.08 cu. ft. (7 document boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1850-1874, 1879-1885
Descriptive Entry:
These records include receipts from express companies for shipments from the Smithsonian Institution. Entries usually give little or no information on contents of shipments, although more information is included for 1879-1884. One volume is for shipments by sea. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 129, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Shipment Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 129
See more items in:
Shipment Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0129

Shipment Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (3 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1864-1940
Descriptive Entry:
These records include a list of packages announced as being sent to the Smithsonian Institution, listed and numbered in order of their announcement, and containing the following information when complete: transportation number, sender, origin, address sent to, how sent, date received, and expenses. The purpose was to control shipments of which the Smithsonian had been forewarned by letter or other means. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919; and Herbert S. Bryant, Chief, Division of Correspondence and Documents, United States National Museum, 1917-1948.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 125, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Shipment Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 125
See more items in:
Shipment Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0125

Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1948-1971
Descriptive Entry:
These records include the files of the Registrar relating to budgets, personnel, organization, procedures, and policy. They do not contain accession records. The materials document the work of Helena M. Weiss, Registrar.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 199, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 199
See more items in:
Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0199

Accession Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1891-1919
Descriptive Entry:
The Registrar recorded information about specimens received by the United States National Museum and assigned each unit a control number, which is the accession number for those items which were retained. This record lists the specimens by control number and the name of the curator who was assigned to examine and report on them. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 121, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Accession Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 121
See more items in:
Accession Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0121

Shipment Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1880, 1884, 1888, 1892-1893, 1897-1898, 1901
Descriptive Entry:
These records contain information concerning the shipment of exhibits and supplies to and from expositions in which the Smithsonian Institution participated. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 124, United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar, Shipment Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 124
See more items in:
Shipment Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0124

Shipment Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1885-1929
Descriptive Entry:
These are records of shipments received by the Office of the Registrar and usually contain only scant information about specimens or objects. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919; and Herbert S. Bryant, Chief, Division of Correspondence and Documents, United States National Museum, 1917-1948.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 123, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Shipment Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 123
See more items in:
Shipment Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0123

Shipment Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
18.76 cu. ft. (6 document boxes) (4 16x20 boxes) (38 bound volumes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1850-1851, 1855-1969
Descriptive Entry:
These records are of incoming and outgoing shipments of the United States National Museum and other Smithsonian bureaus. Information recorded usually includes date, control number, address of sender and recipient, contents, and charges. Apparently a shipping office was set up in the new Natural History Building in 1912, and the main record was transferred there. Entries in the main record after 1912 reflect transportation activities related only to the National Museum. A separate record was set up in 1912 for other Smithsonian bureaus. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919; Herbert S. Bryant, Chief, Division of Correspondence and Documents, United States National Museum, 1917-1948; and Helena M. Weiss, Registrar.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 122, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Shipment Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 122
See more items in:
Shipment Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0122

Correspondence and Memoranda

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1885-1919 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
These records concern the operation of the Office of the Registar and do not include accession records for museum objects. The materials were created and maintained by Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919. Most of the correspondence pertains to office policies and procedures, and other administrative matters.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 75, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Correspondence and Memoranda
Identifier:
Record Unit 75
See more items in:
Correspondence and Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0075

Accession Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
6.83 cu. ft. (7 document boxes) (7 12x17 boxes) (16 microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Microfilms
Date:
1859-1921
Descriptive Entry:
The accession record books list accessions of the United States National Museum in order of receipt. If the specimens are retained, the Registrar's control number assigned on receipt becomes the accession number. For the years 1859-1861, numbers begin anew each year. For the years 1859, 1860, and 1861, accession numbers begin anew each year. Beginning in 1862 numbers are sequential without regard to year. Accession record books are a brief record of the main accession file, and with that file, are indexed by an alphabetical card index. In some cases, accession entries are duplicated in volumes. These materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919; and Herbert S. Bryant, Chief, Division of Correspondence and Documents, 1917-1948.

See also the temporary accession record books (Record Unit 111).
Restrictions:
Record unit available on microfilm.
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Microfilms
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 110, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Accession Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 110
See more items in:
Accession Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0110

Accession Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
1.04 cu. ft. (52 microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilms
Date:
1884-1907
Descriptive Entry:
This collection supplements the main series of accession records maintained by the Office of the Registrar; it contains microfilm of fifty-two (52) letterpress volumes of outgoing correspondence, numbered in sequence with the prefix "A", consisting mostly of acknowledgments to donors for specimens sent to the United States National Museum. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Beginning in June 1885, accession numbers are usually given on each acknowledgment, including accession numbers 15550 through 147007; accession numbers do not run in strict sequence through the volumes. These materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919.

The acknowledgments contain a brief description of specimens. Each volume contains an index to personal names occurring in the correspondence. A volume list follows.
Restrictions:
Record unit available on microfilm only.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Microfilms
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 109, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Accession Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 109
See more items in:
Accession Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0109

Accession Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Extent:
0.53 cu. ft. (1 12x17 box) (5 microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Microfilms
Date:
1886-1907
Descriptive Entry:
Temporary accession books list temporary accessions of the United States National Museum in order of receipt for the years 1886-1907. The materials document the work of Stephen C. Brown, Registrar, 1880-1919. Permanent accession record books are included in Record Unit 110. A volume list follows.
Restrictions:
Record unit partially microfilmed.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Microfilms
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 111, United States National Museum, Office of the Registrar, Accession Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 111
See more items in:
Accession Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0111

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