William O. Pruitt:

An Inventory of his papersat the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(2011)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2011)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Archives

Creator:
William O. Pruitt

Title:
William O. Pruitt fonds

Dates:
1941-2009

Quantity:
5.1 m of textual & photgraphic material including 9143 slides

Identification:
MSS 326 PC 281 A.10-93

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Biography of William O. Pruitt

William O. Pruitt was born in Easton, Maryland on September 1, 1922. He served with US Army Medical Corp during World War II. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1947. The following year he completed an M.A. followed by PHD. from the University of Michigan in 1952

After teaching at the University of Alaska, University of Oklahoma, and Memorial University, Dr. Pruitt joined University of Manitoba in 1969 and retired in 1996. He remained a Senior Scholar following his retirement. In 1973 Pruitt launched the Taiga Biological Station a research outpost in the boreal forest often the funding for this endeavour came from his own pocket. He published extensively over a fifty year period (1951-2001). Dr. Pruitt received several awards & honors including the Government of Canada Northern Science Award Centenary Medal in 1989 and Vilhjalmur Stenfansson Award by the University of Manitoba Northern Studies Committee the same year. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alaska in 1993 and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Memorial University in 2001. Dr. Pruitt died on December 7, 2009. * For a more detailed biographical sketch consult his obituary published on December 19, 2009 in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds contain 8 series. They include: 1.Articles, Manuscripts, Book Reviews & Reports 2. Pruitt's student papers & dissertation, 3. Taiga Biological Station, 4. Correspondence, 5. Organization, 6. Class Projects, 7. Research Material 8. Photograph Collection

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

The papers were donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the Pruitt family in 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

ARTICLES, MANUSCRIPTS, BOOK REVIEWS & REPORTS [ 1952-2009 ]

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11 "An Analysis of Some Physical Affecting the Local Distribution of the Short tail shrew in Northern Lower Michigan" draft 1952
2 " Winter Birds of Michigan" with Edna Pruitt 1952
3 Behavior of the Barren Ground Caribou manuscript 1959-1960
4 Importance of Forests & Bogs in the Ecology of Northern Regions ca.1960
5 " First All-Union Symposiums on Mammals Moscow State University 25-31 January 1962" Journal of Mammology 1963
6 You Don't Say C.B.C. radio commentary 1978-1983
7 TBS articles 1980-1993
8 Book Review of Voyage of the Iceberg by Richard Brown in Canadian Field-Naturalist 1984
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21 Conference papers 1989-1990
2 "Instructions for Studying Morpholgy of a Snow Cover" 1995
3 "The Caribou Commons in Wild Earth" 1996
4 "The Mammals of the Taiga Biological Station Research Area" Pruitt & Michelle Wheatley 1999
5 "Canadian Taiga - Russian Taiga" Pruitt & L.M. Baskin manuscript 3rd draft 2001
6 "Can Woodland Caribou Survive in the Mid-Content Taiga" manuscript 2004
7 Caribou Lecture 2001
8 Food Selection by Beaver & Nutrient Analysis of Selected Foods - Pruitt et al. ca.1998
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31 Pruitt's Caribou research papers 2002-2003
2 "The Thermal Environment of Small Mammals in Relation to Snow Cover in the Australian Alps" Glenn Sanecki et al. Pruitt edited copy 2003
3 "Why & How to Study a Snow Cover" in Canadian Field Naturalist 2003
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24 Canadian Taiga- Russian Taiga Manucript draft 2003
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35 Book review of The Russian Far East by Josh Newell 2004
6 Partial Pruitt unpublished manuscripts 2006
7 Canadian Field Naturalist - manuscript reviews 2004-2009
8 Canada Taiga - Russian Taiga draft 2004
9 Deer, Wolves & Power Lines 2007
10 International Darwin Day 2002

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PRUITT"S STUDENT NOTES & DISSERTATION 1940-1952
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41 Three bound volumes of Mammals of the World course notes 1950
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51 Fundamentals of Zoology 1940-1941
2 Invertebrate Zoology 1946-1947
3 Medical Entomology 1946-1947
4 Air Soil Temperature notes 1951
5 Dissertation draft 1952
6 Dissertation draft 1952
7 Dissertation draft 1951-1952
8 Dissertation copy 1952

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TAIGA BIOLOGICAL STATION 1970-2007
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61 TBS inventories, construction details & plans 1970-1977
2 TBS correspondence 1973-1999
3 TBS maps 1972-2000
4 TBS annual reports 1973-1988
5 TBS land permits 1975-1999
6 TBS plot numbers 1977-2002
7 TBS research trust 1977-2001
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71 TBS mammal diversity 1977-2005
2 Inventory list 1977-1996
3 Winter field trip 1985
4 Fire information 1980
5 Inventories 1986
6 Annual reports 1989-2005
7 Taiga book proposal correspondence 1990-1999
8 Recreational use of the Manitoba Taiga ca.1990
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81 Publications list ca.1990
2 Class trip expenses 1992-1993
3 Class work charts ca.1993
4 Winter class trip 1995
5 Library inventory ca.1995
6 Taiga the snow forest corespondence 1996-2001
7 Class shopping lists 1996
8 Field trips 1995
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91 Class trip 1997
2 Taiga rescue network 1998-2001
3 Equipment to be checked before class field trips 1999
4 Mammals of TBS Pruitt & Wheatly draft 1999
5 TBS home page 2001
6 Taiga environment in Manitoba 2003
7 Annual report 2004-2006
8 Correspondence 2004
9 Taiga environment in Manitoba 2006
10 TBS garage relocation 2007

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CORRESPONDENCE 1954-2007
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101 Harper & Row publishers 1960-1979
2 American Society of Mammologists director's correspondence 1960-1961
3 Devon Island project 1970-1971
4 Dr. L.C. Bliss 1970-1972
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111 Correspondence 1978-1983
2 Correspondence 1980-1988
3 Corespondence 1981-2007
4 Balmoral Hall schoool 1981
5 Correspondence 1982-1983
6 Correspondence 1984
7 Dr. Peter Adams 1992
8 Harold Syrett 1992
9 Michelle Wheatley 1994-1995
10 Hantavirus 1994-1996
11 Correspondence 1995
12 Correspondence 1995-1997
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121 Correspondence 2001-2002
2 Outward Bound 2002
3 Correspondence 2002-2003
4 Maggie Glascow 2002
5 Photo permission 2003
6 Brian Morris 2003-2007
7 Correspondence 2003
8 Correspondence 2004-2006
9 Michelle Wheatley 2006
10 Correspondence 2006-2008
11 Grassland National Park 2006
12 Jean Pelosse 2007
13 Correspondence 2007
14 Hantavirus 2003-2004
15 Correspondence 1954-1956
16 James Schaefer 2007

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ORGANIZATIONS 1956-2004
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131 Alaskan Alpine Club trip lists 1956
2 Northland Rangeland Committee 1974-1975
3 Manitoba Environmental Council 1975-1980
4 Assiniboine Forest Task Force 1975-1976
5 Riverbanks Resource Committee 1975-1976
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141 National Resource Advisory Committee 1981-1983
2 Exploerer's Club 1982-1983
3 Manitoba Environmental Council - Atikaki Provincial Park 1986
4 Environmental & Engineering Assessment for the Oak Hammock Marsh Conservation Centre 1989
5 The Seton Centre Inc. 1992-1993
6 Seton Centre correspondence & newsletters 1994-2000
7 Manitoba Environmental Council 1994-1996
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151 Canadian Museum of Nature 1994-1995
2 Seton Santa FE coreespondence 1995-1997
3 Canadian Museum of Nature 1995
4 Ernest Thompson Seton Institute Inc. 1995-2002
5 Ernest Thompson Seton Institute Inc. 1996
6 Silva Forest Foundation 1997
7 Ernest Thompson Seton INstitute Inc. 1999
8 Faculty of Environment 2004

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CLASS PROJECTS 1987-1993
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161 Northern Dams & Flooding some Ecological Lessons 1987
1A Implications of an Enhanced Greenhouse Effect on the Boreal Regions 1989
2 The Boreal Forest of Manitoba, Past, Present & Future 1991
3 Boreal Ecology project 1993
4 Peatlands in Manitoba 1993
5 Implications of an Enhanced Greenhouse Effects on the Boreal Region 1989
6 The Caribou Commons A Project to Protect the Caribou of Manitoba 1995-1996

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RESEARCH MATERIAL 1920-2009
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171 Cornell Rural School leaflet 1920
2 terrapen carolina carolina research notes 1943
3 An Autumal Study of a Stream Bank Community in Southern Michigan 1949
4 A Bibliography of Reindeer, Caribou & Musk-Ox. - Office of the Quarter Master General 1949
5 Notes on the Short Tail Shrew in Northern Michigan ca.1950
6 Headquarters 3904th Training Squadron Corp Carson, Colorado - Lecture for Instructors in Basic Survival ca. 1950
7 Sorex research in Northern Michigan ca.1950
8 Summit & Oulkana Alaska temperatures 1954-1956
9 Pembina Valley Dead Horse Creek Area - Preliminary report 1951
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181 Report of the Committee on Conservation of Land Mammals 1954-1956
2 Arctic International Widerness Area 1954
3 Predator newsclippings 1955-1957
4 United States Dept. of Commerce Weather Bureau - Ft. Greely, Alaska readings 1956
5 United States Dept. of Commerce Weather Bureau - Ft. Greely, Alaska readings 1957
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191 Committee on Conservation of Land Mammals 1956-1957
2 Subnivan line-trapping article 1957
3 Observations on the Bioclimate of some Taiga small mammals 1957
4 Lake Winnipeg ice jigger 1958-1959
5 Mammal notes from Don Foote 1959-1961
6 Osotoruk weather reports 1959-1960
7 Arctic Wildlife Range 1959-1961
8 Ecology of the Elk Transactions of the Pechora-Ilych State Game Preserve - E.P. Knorre 1959
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201 The Economic Base & Seasonal Activities of Some Northwest Alaskan Villages - Preliminary Study Don Foote United States Atomic Energy Commission 1959
2 Alaska mammals research material ca.1960
3 Galen McWilliams field notes 1960
4 Chariot Site Alaska temperature 1960-1963
5 Osotoruk sea condition reports 1960
6 Lemming displacement activity 1961
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211 Alaska Mammals Book 1 ca.1963
2 Alaska Mammals Book 2 ca.1963
3 Rocky Mountain Biological Labratory 1965
4 Atomic Energy Commmission correspondence 1965
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221 Bay D'espoir Area Development Study - Project Planning Associates Ltd. 1965
2 Specimen measurement at Newfoundland 1961-1972
3 Canadian Audubon magazine 1969-1971
4 Small mammal trapping record Canel Island, Newfoundland 1969-1970
5 Small mammals trapping records Canel Island, Newfoundland 1969-1970
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231 Field notes Scandinavia 1971
2 The Wild Dogs Alex Murray 1972
3 Clarence Tillenius biographical information ca.1975
4 A Pinch of Salt in Siberia by Mary Dawson 1975
5 Small mammal lists & collections compiled ca.1975
6 Ecological Primer A Manitoba NAP Environmental Task Force Report 1976
7 TBS weather log 1976-1989
8 "Taiga Tiles" Mary Lile Benham in the Alumni Journal 1977
9 A Preliminary Floral & Faunal Inventory. Nopiming Provincial Park 1977 Manitoba Reasearch Branch report 1978
10 Manitoba Fur Fact Book 1978
11 Second International Reindeer/Caribou Symposium Kuhmo, Finland 1979
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241 Carnivore Journal 1978-1980
2 The Didtribution & Abundance, Food Habits & Interspecific Relationships of the Snowshoe Hare during Winter 1978-1979 in Riding Mountain National Park - Richard Leonard report 1980
3 Third International Theriological Congress 1981-1982
4 Canadian University Field Station directory 1982
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251 Goodwins Foundation News 1983
2 Dr. Renate Pelosse correspondence 1984-2007
3 Atikaki Provincial Park includes relief maps 1985-1997
4 Manitoba Wildlife report 1985
5 TBS summary report on work activities - Elizabeth Kim Tyson 1986
6 The Pas 1987-1989
7 Radio Moscow North American Service 1987-1988
8 Bats of TBS Student-related project - Darren Keam Sprigfield Collegiate Institute 1991
9 Lakehead Centre for Northern Studies - research report - James A. Schaefer 1990
10 Manitoba Parks & Wilderness Newsletter 1991-1997
11 TBS instruction manual for infared CO2 indicator 1992
12 Seal River project 1992
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261 Circumpolar notes newsletter 1992
2 Assessment of Caribou Avoidance Acres with regard to Low-level Military Aircraft Training in Quebec-Labrador & Recommendations on Mitigation Measures - report for Innu Nation 1992
3 Conservation data 1992
4 Widwood Community Club Ski Trail Development 1993
5 Initial Study of Ecological & Economic Viability of Commercial Timber Management in Labrador-Silva Ecosystems 1993
6 Encyclopedia of Conservation & Environmentalism 1994
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271 Canadian Museum of Nature 1994
2 Wildlands Project 1994
3 American Society of Mammologists 1995-1997
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281 East Side of Lake Winnipeg - reports & correspondence 1995-2000
2 Discovery Channel correspondence 1995
3 Manitoba Model Forest Inc. - Manitoba Forestry/Wildlife Management Project 1995
4 Conservation of Northern Forests Conference 1995
5 St. John's Ravenscourt winter camping trip 1995
6 UMFA strike 1995
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291 U.of Manitoba Protocol Management & Review Committee 1996
2 Studies that need to be done at TBS 1996-2003
3 Manitoba Envoronmental Council 1996-1998
4 Endangered species reports 1996-1997
5 Pine Falls Paper Company 1996
6 Dr. Kenneth Howell 1997
7 Western-Ellington Alumni Association Inc newsletter 1997-1999
8 Bloodvein River & Longbody Creek Environmental Assessment - Pine Falls Paper Company 1997
9 Russian Conservation News 1997
10 TBS library 1997
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301 Ecotourism Plan 1998
2 Manitoba Lowlans newsletter 1998
3 Walter Krivda Plant Collection notes 1998
4 Dr. N.A. Formozov Festschrift manuscript 1998
5 Environmental Impact Statement Pine Falls Paper Company Operating & renewal Plan 1999-2000 1998
6 Global Forest Watch Canada 1998
7 El Nono ideas 1999
8 Formozov inspired concepts in snow in North America 1999
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311 TBS missing library books list 1999
2 Ft. Whyte 2000-2001
3 Bibliography compiled ca.2000
4 Taiga to do list 2000
5 Endangered species 2000
6 Manitoba Hydro 2000-2001
7 Silva Ecosystems Consultants Ltd. - Tembec 2001
8 Forest Management Guidelines for Harvest Patterns & Residual Stand Structure - draft 2001
9 Forest Roads: A Synthesis of Scientific Information - USDA 2001
10 Appendix 5 Pre-and post-fire habitat conditions of the small mammal study plots 2001
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321 Habitat Use & Movements of Rocky Mountain Elk on the Peace Arm of Williston Reservoir, 1991-1994 - R.J. Buckmeyer B.C. Hydro report 2000
2 Pacific Northwest Research Station - Science Findings Newsletter 2000-2005
3 School children requests 2007
4 East Side Lake Winnipeg - Broad Area Planning Iniative - final report 2001-2002
5 Ideas for teaching & writing 2001
6 Conservation that works conference 2001
7 Michelle Wheatley 2001
8 Mike Goodyear 2001
9 Sierra Club statement - Re: Kyoto Accord 2002
10 Manitoba round table for sustainable development 2002
11 Duties of Resident Naturalist at TBS 2002
12 National Genome Symposium 2003
13 Alberta Museum permission request 2003
14 Wallace Lake Cottage Owners Association 2004-2006
15 Boreal Forest of Canada & Russia Pruitt & Baskin book advertisement 2004
16 Winter Recreation on the Subnivean Environment of Five Sierra Nevada Meadows - report 2004
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331 East side of Lake Winnipeg & Woodland Caribou research material 2004-2006
2 Manitoba's Conservation & Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou - report 2005
3 Maintaining whole Systems on Earth's Crown Ecoystem - Based Conservation Planning for the Boreal Forest - Herb Hammond Silva Forest Foundation draft 2005
4 Manitoba Naturalist Society 2006-2009
5 Wrigley writing project 2006
6 Boreal Kids Steering Committee meeting 2006
7 Barcoding small mammals project includes CD spreadsheet 2006
8 Heteromyns 2007
9 National Forest Strategy (2003-2008) Draft 1 2008

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PHOTO COLLECTION (PC 281) 1954-1993
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11 TBS 300 slides 1973-1981
2 TBS 313 slides 1973-1992
3 TBS 315 slides 1972-1982
4 TBS 99 slides 1972-1987
5 TBS 232 slides 1972-1993
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21 Manitoba & Winnipeg 45 slides 1969-1971
2 Manitoba & Winnipeg 378 slides 1957-1983
3 Manitoba & Winnipeg 165 slides 1970-1987
4 Manitoba & Winnipeg 140 slides 1971-1992
5 Manitoba & Winnipeg 166 slides 1957-1983
6 Saskatchewan 75 slides 1957-1982
7 Alberta 1958-1981 80 slides
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31 British Columbia 248 slides 1963-1992
2 Northwest Teritories 104 slides 1957-1980
3 Northwest Territories 127 slides 1957-1972
4 Devon Island 206 slides 1967-1972
5 Devon Island 60 slides 1970-1971
6 Devon Island 224 slides 1970-1972
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41 Alaska 586 slides 1954-1963
2 Alaska 45 slides 1955-1964
3 Alaska 158 slides 1954-1963
4 Alaska 324 slides 1954-1993
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51 Ontario 37 slides 1981-1991
2 Newfoundland & Labrador 144 slides 1965-1969
3 Newfoundland 552 slides 1965-1969
4 Greenland 220 slides 1976-1991
5 United Kingdom 120 slides 1976-1988
6 United Kingdom 156 slides 1966-1988
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61 Finland 250 slides 1969-1988
2 Finland 439 slides 1966-1989
3 Finland 493 slides 1966-1982
4 Finland 376 slides 1969-1989
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71 Norway 101 slides 1966-1979
2 Norway 292 slides 1970-1988
3 Sweden 133 slides 1970-1988
4 Sweden 144 slides 1970-1983
5 USSR 75 slides 1968
6 USSR 157 slides 1968-1991
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81 Course material 98 slides 1964-1986
2 Course material 273 slides 1964-1986
3 Course material 213 slides 1957-1991
4 Course material 140 slides 1964-1973
5 Colorado 50 slides 1962-1965
6 New York, New Jersey, Quebec & Ontario 15 slides 1969-1984
7 Oklahoma 21 slides 1964-1969
8 Holland, Belgium, Germany & Poland 70 slides 1976-1982
9 Date only 83 slides 1964-1983

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