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Wagner Palace Car Company Collection

Manufacturer:
Wagner Palace Company  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Donor:
Dubin, Arthur D. (Arthur Detmers)  Search this
Extent:
.25 Cubic feet (1 box )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Buffalo (New York)
Date:
undated
Summary:
Collection documents the business of the Wagner Palace Car Company, manufacturers of sleeping and parlor cars in Buffalo, New York.
Content Description:
Consist of proposals, contracts, a logbook, passes, newspaper clipping, and receipts primarily relating to the manufacturing of sleeping and parlor cars by the Wagner Palace Car Company. Materials are arranged in chronological order.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged in one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Webster Wagner (October 2, 1817-January 13, 1882), a businessman and inventor, was in the wagon making business and an employee of the New York Central Railroad Company before he created his own company. The Wagner Palace Car Company was founded in Buffalo, New York to sell the sleeping and parlor cars he had invented. Throughout its existence the Wagner Palace Car Company competed with and had several legal battles with another railroad car manufacturer the Pullman Palace Car Company. In 1900 the Wagner Palace Car Company was sold to the Pullman Palace Car Company.

Sources:

Mid-Continent Railway Museum, Wagner Palace Car Company
Related Materials:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Railroads, NMAH.AC.0060

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Dubin Pullman Palace Car Company Construction and Registration Books, NMAH.AC.0158

Pullman Palace Car Company Collection, NMAH.AC.0181

Division of Transportation Railroad Reference Files, NMAH.AC.0523

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Records, NMAH.AC.1086

Pullman Palace Car Company Photographs, NMAH.AC.1175

Other Repositories

Mid-Continent Railway Museum, Wagner Palace Car Company

New York State Library, Webster Wagner Wagon-making Papers, 1837-1842, SC1044

Newberry Library, Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository, Frank H. Beberdick Pullman Collection
Provenance:
Collection donated by Arthur D. Dubin in 1986.
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.
Topic:
Railroad passenger cars  Search this
Sleeping cars (Railroads)  Search this
Railroads -- 19th century  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Railroad car builders  Search this
Citation:
Wagner Palace Car Company Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1574
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fb9f5bb4-9092-45e6-a94d-c48ce88b87fb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1574

S. Colum Gilfillan Papers

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Names:
Society for the History of Technology  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Date:
1921-1978
Summary:
The collection documents S. Colum Gilfillan, a charter member of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) in 1958 and his SHOT correspondence, particularly with Melvin Kranzberg.
Scope and Contents note:
The collection includes Gilfillan's correspondence during 1951-1978 and a number of papers written by him and (in some cases) published or delivered to professional societies; the dates of the papers range from 1921 to 1972. Gilfillan was a charter member of the Society for the History of Technology in 1958. His SHOT correspondence, particularly with Melvin Kranzberg, concerning several articles by Gilfillan published in SHOT's journal "Technology and Culture" constitutes a segment of the correspondence, 1957-1978. Gilfillan had made an unsuccessful attempt to organize a similar group, the Society for the Social Study of Invention in 1947. Some of the draft documents for this society are included.

Much of the correspondence concerns the ideas incorporated in Gilfillan's major work, Sociology of Invention (1935) and the Supplement to it published in 1971. Gilfillan's letters to others are complicated by his use of his own method of spelling using contractions of words and phonetic techniques to increase the number of words per page.

Also included in the collection are three "shoeboxes" of 3" x 5" cards filed alphabetically by author, representing a bibliography of writings on inventions and inventors. These cards, numbering several thousand, represent Gilfillan's research notes on his reading in his area of professional interest. Unfortunately their use is made difficult by Gilfillan's unique spelling system and the scrawled handwriting used on many of them.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three series.

Serties 1: Correspondence, 1951-1978

Series 2: Major Papers and Projects, 1921-1978

Series 3: Invention Authors and Bibliographic Notes, undated undated
Biographical/Historical note:
Seabury Colum Gilfillan was born (1889) in St. Paul, Minnesota and was graduated (AB in Social Science) from the University of Pennsylvania (1910). He served in the U.S. Army (1917 1919) and received master and doctorate degrees in sociology from Columbia University (1920). He was acting assistant professor and associate professor of social science at the University of the South (1921 1924). He was curator of transportation and social science at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (1929 1930) and assistant professor of social science, Purdue University (1937 1938). In 1940 he was a lecturer at Northwestern University and in 1941 1950 a research associate at the University of Chicago.

Gilfillan worked as an investigator for the President's Research Committee on Social Trends, 1930 1932 and for the Natural Resources Committee, 1936. He was a charter member of the Society for the History of Technology and a member of the Sociology Association and the Eugenics Society.
Provenance:
Donated by S. Colum Gilfillan to Wesley C. Williams, curator, History of Science and Technology Collection, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in November 1971. Melvin Kranzberg, formerly of Case Western Reserve, transferred it to the National Museum of American History where it was received by Archives Center May 20, 1992.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Topic:
Inventions -- 20th century  Search this
Inventors -- 20th century  Search this
Social sciences -- 20th century  Search this
Sociology -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0461
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d3df5248-c5e7-40e3-93fc-ff9fa8ed08db
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0461

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1951-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0461, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87f9cfb62-8b75-42d0-8ae7-b8d013bd40dc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref511

Major Papers and Projects

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1921-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0461, Series 2
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89d5d4dbe-e9bc-43ad-92d4-2f0434c49c65
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref512

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1951
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a3a8b906-36c9-4039-8148-5a3bd29a40ac
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref513

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1952-1956
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82eb3e10a-522b-4d3a-93e6-b46634b3a92f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref514

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-1958
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep878623dea-547c-4e44-abeb-c8b28b54ce9a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref515

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959-1960
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a491f378-e6d7-4a55-a5d3-6797bb63fdc9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref516

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1962
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ad91f7f2-d48c-4c78-b710-ba1544f46654
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref517

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1965
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8cc9573d9-321c-4691-8af6-ed606e2dead3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref518

Correspondnce

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1967
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ef42453f-1ebc-4134-9971-91df272bacd8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref519

Correspondnce

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c4950958-7dca-4e58-bfc1-672177612dd5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref520

Correspondnce

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1972
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8db9f4402-8448-4355-ac02-88d801b7590b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref521

Correspondnce

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1974
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e51081a5-4fa9-4843-8d52-92c31a707b10
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref522

Correspondnce

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep896d5066a-4ded-4a17-b77b-661e5067c404
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref523

Growth of Invention 1921

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1921
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 2: Major Papers and Projects
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ffa24570-9e03-489f-ba3d-77924c77a1f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref524

Inventiveness by Nation 1930

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 2: Major Papers and Projects
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ddc3d4a8-7114-4024-82c2-33bd7e903895
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref525

Inventions Affecting the Food Supply of the Future

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1931
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 2: Major Papers and Projects
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep827050ab6-4af2-4a5e-8177-624d13c0f10f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref526

On the Social Causation of Invention

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1936
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 2: Major Papers and Projects
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8859566c5-98da-4dfa-afdc-cadeaa520d9d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref527

Patent Pooling and Its Betterment

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Science and Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Gilfillan, Seabury Colum (college instructor)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
S. Colum Gilfillan Papers, 1921-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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S. Colum Gilfillan Papers / Series 2: Major Papers and Projects
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b7e95a01-f4c3-4635-8333-bacb643ef4a8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0461-ref528

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