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School of Veterinary Medicine Records
1832-1991 (bulk 1877-1991)

UPC 5

10.0 Cubic feet
Prepared by Kaiyi Chen and Theresa R. Snyder
February 1996

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

 

PROVENANCE

Transferred to the Archives in August 1963, May 1989, April 1990, February 1994, and February 1996. 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The records of the School of Veterinary Medicine have been organized into the following series: 1. Historical Material, 1832-1987; 2. Administration, 1887-1991; 3. Other Organizations, 1944-1990; 4. Photographs, 1909-1988; 5. Films and Videotapes, 1973-1984; 6. Artifacts. 

 

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HISTORICAL NOTE

One of the oldest of its kind in North America, the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania is the only veterinary school in the United States that was a direct outgrowth of the University's School of Medicine. In 1807, Benjamin Rush, one of the three original professors of the medical school, proposed that instruction in veterinary medicine be given at the University of Pennsylvania. It was not until 1882, however, that Joshua Bertram Lippincott, one of the University Trustees, donated $10,000 for the purpose of establishing veterinary school within the University. The Board of Trustees appointed a special committee with Lippincott as Chairman to consider plans for inaugurating such a school. In October 1884 the School of Veterinary Medicine was opened with Dr. Rush Shippen Huidekoper serving as Dean. 

Beginning a century-long tradition of support, the state of Pennsylvania appropriated $25,000 for the School in 1889. This was only the first step of many that have contributed to the rapid growth of the School. 

In order to make way for the present medical laboratories, the School of Veterinary Medicine moved from 36th and Pine Street to 39th and Woodland Avenue in 1901. In 1905, Dean Leonard Pearson presented plans for a combination of new veterinary school and hospital. Generous contributions, a gift of $100,000 from Mrs. James J. Goodwin (daughter of J. Bertram Lippincott), a bequest of $50,000 from Mr. Joseph E. Gillingham, and more state appropriations totaling $380,000 from 1906 to 1911, allowed for the completion of a new building by 1913. The school has since resided in this building. 

The Faculty voted to admit women to the course in veterinary medicine in 1933 provided "that no concessions be made in regard to the work required." Within two years, the school was offering courses for advanced work in veterinary pathology leading to master and doctoral degrees. The school has been offering graduate courses in cooperation with the Graduate School of Medicine ever since. A gift by the heirs of Effingham B. Morris of Bolton Farm in 1937 led to the establishment of an ambulatory clinic to aid the clinical instruction in veterinary medicine. 

In 1945, the faculty reorganized the ambulatory clinic and established the Media Field Station, which served as the School's clinical center until 1952. In 1947, a third floor was added to the north wing of the school building to provide quarters for pathology and microbiology. 

The University acquired a tract of land at London Grove, Pennsylvania, 32 miles southwest of the University campus, for use by the Veterinary School in 1952. Named New Bolton Center, it has been a major base for teaching, research and clinical services in veterinary medicine. 

In more recent decades, the School of Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with the faculty of the School of Medicine, further specialized the discipline and thus strengthened its status as one of the nation's leading veterinary schools. 

 

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SCOPE AND CONTENT

The records of the School of Veterinary Medicine document the history of one of the oldest veterinary schools in America from early nineteenth century up to the present 

The Historical Material series records the school in its formative stage. It features minute books for the Board of Managers, 1889-1954, for the faculty, 1909-1963, and for alumni societies, 1901-1960. This series also includes correspondence of the Deans of the School from 1906 to 1911 and information on Horace J. Smith, a Penn alumni and a stock farm owner who enthusiastically advocated the establishment of a veterinary department at the University of Pennsylvania. There are hand-written notes made by the faculty in preparation for the writing of the history of veterinary medicine at the University and the development of veterinary medicine in the country in general. Finally, a ledger book of the Veterinary Society of the University of Pennsylvania containing the Society's constitution, a charter member list, and minutes from 1889 to 1898 finish out the series. 

The Administration series constitutes the bulk of the collection. Included in it are biographical files of faculty members, prominent alumni, and other medical professionals (including some outside of the field of veterinary medicine), some of whom were nominated for awards on the occasion of the School’s centennial in 1984.; records of a historical symposium on veterinary development at Penn held in conduction with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania; records concerning the celebration of the School's seventy-fifth anniversary in 1959; and material of the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Related to veterinary medicine but not directly to the School, the Other Organizations series includes material of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and a report of the Joint State Government Commission on veterinary medicine in 1953. The Photographs series contains images of former school deans and faculty members as well as group pictures of various classes. Worthy of special mention are two photos of historical value, one of the veterinary school in the late nineteenth century and the other the blacksmith shop of the University in the same period. The Films and Videotapes series covers a wide range of subjects including the New Bolton Center, horse auction, horse rehabilitation, test tube calf, and animal hospital. Most of the videotapes were done by TV or radio networks 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Corporate Name(s)

  • Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
  • University of Pennsylvania. Veterinary Hospital.
  • University of Pennsylvania. Veterinary Society.

Genre(s)

  • Motion pictures.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Videotapes.

Personal Name(s)

  • Huidekoper, Rush Shippen, 1854-1901
  • Lippincott, J. Bertram, (Joshua Bertram), 1857-1940
  • Pearson, Leonard D., 1868-1909
  • Smith, Horace J., (Horace John), 1832-1906

Subject(s)

  • Veterinary medicine--Study and teaching--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.

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INVENTORY

 

HISTORICAL MATERIAL, 1832-1987 

Box

Folder

Faculty Minutes 

1909 May 26 to 1915 Nov. 5 

1

1

1922 Jan. 6 to 1928 Nov. 8 

1

2

1929 Jan. 17 to 1936 Apr. 22 

1

3

1936 Apr. 30 to 1943 May 7 

2

1

1943 Mar. 26 to 1949 June 8 

2

2

1950 Jan. 25 to 1957 June 6 

2

3

1957 June 11 to 1963 Mar. 14 

2

4

1963 Apr. 23 to 1963 June 21 

3

1

Veterinary Hospital Board of Managers Minutes 

1889 Oct. 2 to 1905 May 2 

3

2

1909-1914 

3

3

1914-1942 

3

4

1942-1954 

3

5

Society of Alumni of the Veterinary Department minutes 

1901 June 12 to 1937 Jan. 29 

4

1

1937 June 5 to 1960 June 18 

4

2

Veterinary Medical Alumni Society 

1923 Nov. 2 to 1936 Apr. 24 

4

3

Campaign for State Appropriation Scrapbook, 1907 

4

4

American Veterinary Medicine Association, D.E.Salmon to Alexander Glass, 1898 

5

1

American Veterinary Medicine Association, President's address, 1900 

5

2

Correspondence 

1906-1908 

5

3

1909 

5

4

1910 Jan. 

5

5

1910 Feb. 

5

6

1910 Mar. 

5

7

1910 Apr. - May 

5

8

1910 June 

5

9

1910 July 

5

10

1910 Aug. - Sept. 

5

11

1910 Oct. 

5

12

1910 Nov. 

5

13

1910 Dec. 

5

14

1911 Jan. 

5

15

1911 Feb. 

5

16

1911 Mar. 

5

17

1911 Apr. 

5

18

1911 May 

5

19

1911 June 

5

20

1911 July 

5

21

1911 Aug. 

5

22

Chronicle of veterinary medicine at Penn 

6

1

Historical documents, Photocopy, 1887-1901 

6

2

History notes 

undated 

6

3

1910-1952, with clippings 

6

4

1953-1973, with clippings 

6

5

History of veterinary medicine 

University of Pennsylvania, undated 

6

6

Notes, [1984] 

6

7

Reference material, [1832-1987] 

6

8

Research, 1951-1973 

6

9

Horse prescription from Benjamin Davies (?), undated 

6

10

Klein, Louis A. (Dean) 

Certificate of Honorary Membership of Alpha Psi Fraternity, 1906 

6

11

Correspondence, 1921-1933 

6

12

Pioneer Period of Veterinary Education 

6

13

Miller, Joseph A.S., Memorabilia 

6

14

Pepper, William, "Veterinary Medicine," undated [before 1880?] 

6

15

Smith, Horace J. 

Biographical sketch, 1934 

6

16

Clippings, undated 

6

17

Correspondence, 1877-1878 

6

18

Correspondence from James Tyson, 1877-1878 

6

19

National Agricultural Congress, 1877-1878 

6

20

Pennsylvania Board of Agriculture, 1878 

6

21

Stubbs, Evan L., Biographical notes 

6

22

University Board of Trustees, Minutes, abstract, 1878-1888 

6

23

United States Veterinary Medical Association, Notification of conferring an honorary certificate of membership to Dr. Bang, 1894 

6

24

Veterinary Society of the University of Pennsylvania, Ledger book, containing Constitution, charter member list, and minutes, 1889-1898 

6

25

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ADMINISTRATION, 1887-1991 

Box

Folder

Account book Centennial expenditures, etc., 1983 

6

26

Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine Report, 1956 

6

27

Administrators' list and Standing Committee membership, 1982-1983 

6

28

Admission data, 1980-1984 

6

29

Allam, Mark W. 

Biographical data, 1974-1978 

6

30

History of Development of Veterinary Clinical Specialties at Penn, [1990?] 

6

31

Alumni, Deaths reported, 1948-1982 

6

32

Alumni Dinner, Program, 1935 (with signatures of 31 attendants) 

6

33

Alumni, Veterinary Medical Alumni Society, Miscellaneous, 1934-1983 

6

34

American Veterinary Medical Association, Survey report to, 1970-1971 

6

35

Animal Biology, Department of, List of Lectures, 1966-1968 

6

36

Annual report, 1962-1964 

6

37

Articles on history of veterinary medicine, 1974-1981 

6

38

Award for Benefactors, 1982 

6

39

Beck, J. D., Manuscript, "History of Veterinary Medicine," [before 1950?] 

6

40

Biographical data file 

Allam, Mark Whittier, photo, c.v. and articles 

6

41

Biery, Darryl N., c.v., 1990 

6

42

Bishop, Sanford Parsons, c.v. 

6

43

Bovée, Kenneth, photo and c.v., 1989 

6

44

Buchanan, James Walter, photo and c.v. 

6

45

Cohn, Daniel, photo and c.v. 

6

46

Emmerson, Mack Allen, photo and c.v. 

6

47

Evans, Sydney M., c. v., 1990 

6

48

Hahn, Allen W., photo and c.v. 

6

49

Harney, Colin Edwin, c.v., 1990 

6

50

Hawthorne, Herbert Reid, memoir 

6

51

Hubben, Klaus, photo and c.v. 

6

52

Jenny, Jacques, photo and biography 

6

53

Johnson, Julian, photo and c.v. 

6

54

Knight, David Harmon, photo and c.v. 

6

55

Magrane, William G., photo and c.v. 

6

56

McGrath, John T., c.v., 1990 

6

58

Melbin, Julius, photo and c.v. 

6

59

Moore, E. Neil, photo and c.v. 

6

60

Nemir, Paul, photo and c.v. 

6

61

O'Brien, Joan A., c.v., 1985 

6

62

Pyle, Robert Lee, photo and c.v. 

6

63

Ravdin, Isidor Schwaner, photo and c.v. 

6

64

Reid, Charles F., c.v., 1987 

6

65

Rhoads, Jonathan Evans, photo and c.v. 

6

67

Rhodes, William Harker, photo and c.v. 

6

68

Saunders, H. Mark, 1990 

6

69

Schwartzman, Robert M., c.v., 1989 

6

70

Soma, Lawrence R., photo and c.v. 

6

71

Spear, Joseph F., c.v. 

6

72

Thrall, Donald E., c.v., [1990?] 

6

73

Wortman, Jeffrey Arnold, c.v., 1990 

6

74

Book orders, 1985-1986 

7

1

Book signing ceremony for John E. Martin's work, Introductory address, undated 

7

2

Bulletin of School of Veterinary Medicine, 1942-1943 

7

3

Center for Comparative Medicine, 1973 

7

4

Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society, Report to G.R. Dodge Foundation, 1983 

7

5

Class of 1912, Clock presentation, program, 1911 

7

6

Class of 1939, directory 

7

7

Commencement exercises, programs, 1979-1986 

7

8

Committee to Revise the Curriculum, Report, 1966 

7

9

Comparative Cardiovascular Studies Unit 

7

10

History material, [1970-1982] 

7

11

History of Cardiovascular Research at Penn, by Gregory M. Thibodeau, 1983 

7

12

Continuing Education program, 1986-1987 

7

13

Cornell University, Publication "Don't Forget the Horse Doctor," undated 

7

14

Correspondence, 1956-1982 

7

15

Curriculum, Miscellaneous, 1973-1983 

7

16

Distinguished service awards, 1984 

7

17

Executive Committee, Minutes, 1962-1964 

7

18

Executive Committee, 1971-1973 

7

19

Faculty data, [1953-1976] 

7

20

Faculty meeting, 1967-1970 

7

21

Faculty policies and procedures, 1964 

7

22

Faculty retreat, 1981 

7

23

Faculty Study Group, Report, 1957-1958 

7

24

Fox, Claire G. 

Article written with William P. Graham, "American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1937-1987," 1988 

7

23

Development of Medical Specialties in the U.S., 1990 

7

24

Philadelphia's Role in the Early Development of American Veterinary Medicine, [1981] 

7

25

Fraternities, [1964] 

7

26

Grade sheets, memo and blank form, 

7

27

Graduate and special course, 1926-1927 

7

28

Harvey, Colin E., "Development of Small Animal Ear-nose-throat and Dentistry Specialties at the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine," [1990] 

7

29

Historia Medicinae Veterinariae, 1977-1980 

7

30

Historical Symposium on Veterinary Development at Penn 

Committee minutes, 1989 

7

31

Correspondence, 1988-1991 

7

32

Directions and invitations, [1990] 

7

33

Notes and papers on the history of the School of Veterinary Medicine, 1945-1980 

7

34

Reference material 

7

35

History book reviews, 1985-1986 

7

36

History of Veterinary Specialties Subcommittee, Agenda, 1989 

7

37

Honorary degrees 

Allam, Mark Whittier, 

7

38

Caras, Roger A., 1984 

7

39

Frankhauser, Rudolf, 1982 

7

40

Iggo, Ainsley, 1976-1984 

7

41

Nominations, 1982-1983 

7

42

Ohno, Susumu, 1982-1984 

7

43

Soulsby, Ernest Jackson Lawson, 1983-1984 

7

44

Interdisciplinary Cancer Research Unit, Dedication, 1963 

7

45

International Invitations, 1983-1984 

7

46

International Symposium on the History of Veterinary Medicine, 13th, Program, 1976 

7

47

Jenny, Jacques, Correspondence and other material, 1969-1972 

7

48

Johnstone, Colin, "Graduate and Professional Opportunities Program," 1979 

7

49

Kennel cough vaccine, 1973 

7

50

Laudations for the honorary degree recipients, 1984 

7

51

Laudations for the honorary degree recipients, Correspondence and reference material, 1984 

7

52

Library and Library Committee, History, [1964-1979] 

7

53

Lippinocott Prize, Recipient list, 1890-1982 

7

54

Long Range Planning Committee, Report, 1978-1980 

7

55

Magrane, William G., "History of Veterinary Ophthalmology," 1988 

7

56

Marshak, Robert R., "Development of Clinical Specialties at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania," 1990 

7

57

Martin, Harry M., Obituary, diploma translation, etc., 1978 

7

58

Martin, John E., Correspondence, 1981-1986 

7

59

McGrath, John T., Development of Neuropathology, [1990] 

7

60

McFarland, James, Clippings, 1957-1958 

7

61

Meeting of Professors, Minutes, 26 MAR 1970 

7

62

Merritt, A. M., "Development of Veterinary Gastroenterology," [1990?] 

7

63

Mexico trip, Report, 1961 

7

64

Military service, 1918-1980 

7

65

Minority students, 1970-1983 

7

66

Monell Chemical Senses Center 

7

67

Newsletters, 1960-1975 

7

68

Nursing service, History notes, [1983] 

7

69

Orientation material for students, 1980 

7

70

Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center, C. Mahlon Kline, 1970-1972 

7

71

Pathobiology, Department of, Report, 1967 

7

72

Pearson, Leonard, "History of Veterinary Medicine," ca. 1908 

8

1

Pearson, Leonard, In Memoriam, 1909 

8

2

Penn Annual Conferences 

84th, Program, 1984 

8

3

86th, Registration information, 1986 

8

4

91st, Program, 1991 

8

5

Pioneer Black Vets from Penn, 1985 

8

6

Protocol for referral of cases and diagnostic services, 1977 

8

7

Policies and procedures for the grading system, 1982 

8

8

Programs and curriculum, [1954-1971] 

8

9

Pugh, L. P., Historical note on Granville Penn, [1959] 

8

10

Research, 1975-1983 

8

11

Research Committee of Long-range Planning Committee, Report, 1979 

8

12

Research, medical genetics, 1977-1983 

8

13

Rhodes, W. Harker, "Development of Radiology at Penn School of Veterinary Medicine," 1991 

8

14

Saunders, Leon Z. 

From Osler to Olafson, Evolution of Veterinary Pathology in North America 

8

15

Commencement address, 1977 

8

16

Schwartzman, Narrative of veterinary dermatology, 1990 

8

17

Second Century Fund Campaign, Faculty support, 1986 

8

18

Seventy-fifth Anniversary 

Alumni House project, 1959 

8

19

Biographical data of professionals honored, 1959 

8

20

Committee for the celebration, 1958-1959 

8

21

Convocation, 1959 

8

22

Correspondence, 1958-1960 

8

23

Miscellaneous 

8

24

Outline of events, 1959 

8

25

Standing Committee on Student Discipline, 1968 

8

26

Steinberg, Sheldon A., Account of vet neurology at Penn, 1991 

8

27

Special course for licensed veterinarians, 1913-1914 

8

28

Statistics of the number of graduates, 1887-1986 

8

29

Stubbs, E.L., "History of Veterinary Medicine in Pennsylvania," [1957?] 

8

30

Student-Faculty Committee, Annual report, 1966 

8

31

Student honor system 

1979 

8

32

1973-1974 

8

33

1981 

8

34

1983 

8

35

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Brochure, undated 

8

36

Thibodeau, Gregory M., "History of Cardiovascular Research," 1983 

8

37

Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Honorary certificate to Dr. Helmut Wilkens, 1984 

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Tuberculin herd test, 1892-1935 

8

38

Veterinary Biology, Department of, Report, 1966 

8

39

Veterinary Education data, [1978-1982] 

8

40

Veterinary education for Africa, Paper by J. B. Polding, 1967 

8

41

Veterinary history writing 

Correspondence of John E. Martin, 1983-1985 

8

42

Correspondence between John Martin and the publisher, 1981-1984 

8

43

Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

8

44

Admission and financial statistics, 1965-1982 

8

45

Notes and reference material, [1974-1983] 

8

46

Programs and brochures, [1980] 

8

47

Animal clinical records, 1962 (see also minute books in box 3) 

8

48

Waddell, William H., Paper on pioneer black veterinarian, [1985] 

8

48

Women veterinarian, 1981 

8

49

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OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, 1944-1990 

Box

Folder

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Comparative data report, 1981-1982 

8

50

Joint State Government Commission, Report to State General Assembly "Veterinary Medicine in Pennsylvania," 1953 

8

51

Tufts University, Book information on laboratory animal medicine, 1984 University of Pennsylvania 

8

52

Committee to Study the Organization of Pennsylvania Alumni, report, 1944 

8

53

250th Anniversary celebration, correspondence, 1988-1990 

8

54

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PHOTOGRAPHS, 1909-1988 

Box

Folder

International Veterinary Congress, 1934, Group picture "Post Congress Tour No. 1" 

8

55

Deans, seven, Photo-prints and negatives 

8

56

Allam, Mark W., 8th dean, color photo-print 

8

57

Leonard Pearson, Schaufler, Doubler, and three others, Group picture taken at Glenolden, PA, 1909 

8

58

Class of 1930, 50th reunion, 1980 

8

59

Unidentified group at a meeting, two photo prints, undated 

8

60

Five photo-prints: N. Shubles, P. Leutz, Dissection Room, ambulance, poster, 

8

61

Veterinary School and Blacksmith shop, two photo-prints, [late 19th century], attached with a note from Mrs. Lewis Johnson dated 16 Nov. 1988 

8

62

Roy Nichols, Portrait, 1966 

8

63

Martin, Harry M. and Jacques Jenny, 12 prints of Martin and his family, one of Jacques Jenny 

8

64

International Veterinary Medical Congress, Luncheon in honor of Dr. Robert Von Ostertag, 1934 

 OS 0

 

Veterinary Medical Society, 1932 

 OS 0

 

Class picture, unidentified, people wearing mortarboards 

 OS 0

 

Class picture, unidentified, people in suits, broken on the left side 

 OS 0

 

Group picture, faculty members, eight, broken on the left side 

 OS 0

 

Class pictures, five, unidentified, one having two prints, one three prints, each print ca. 10" x 14", all stuck on cardboard 

 OS 0

 

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FILMS AND VIDEOTAPES, 1973-1984 

Box

Folder

Films 

Horse in Pool (8mm width, 120 mm diameter of the reel) 

 9

 

New Bolton Center dedication (16 mm width, 160 mm diameter of the reel) 

 9

 

Saratoga Sale (Horse auction), 1973 (16 mm width, 220 mm diameter) 

 9

 

New Bolton Center, "Open House," [1977] (16 mm width, 255mm diameter) 

 9

 

Videotapes 

Down the Stretch, ESPN, recorded 1983, two tapes (2 U-matic tapes, inch) 

 10

 

Down the Stretch, unedited footage of pool recovery, ESPN, 1984 (U-matic, inch) 

 10

 

Evening Magazine: The Amazing Animal Hospital, NBC, 1983, (U-matic, inch) (10 minutes) 

 10

 

Evening Magazine: They fix broken animals, KYW-TV 3, 1978 

 9

 

Horse Rehabilitation, ABC News, 1980 

 9

 

Innovation--a New Breed, WNET, undated 

 9

 

"Mark Allam and New Bolton Center," 1998 (VHS, 48 minutes) with a special memorial issue of Bellwether, 1998 Spring 

 10

 

Market to Market Version of Test Tube Calf, "Virgil, Test-Tube Calf," undated (U-matic, inch) 

 10

 

New Bolton Center, SmithKline Beckman, 1983 (U-matic, inch) 

 10

 

New Bolton, film transfer, WCAU-TV, (U-matic, inch) 

 10

 

Razzmatazz (Animal hospital story), CBS News, 1979, two tapes 

 9

 

Test Tube Calf, by WPVI, 1981 

 9

 

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ARTIFACTS 

Box

Folder

Banner "Facolta Veterinaria Dibologna, 1784-1884, Philadelphia", Triangular shape, 18" x 26", white background, with a tassel at the bottom end; reverse side half white half red 

 10

 

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