Brown University Library Collections

The Brown University Library, in support of the University's educational and research mission, is the local repository for and the principal gateway to current information and the scholarly record. As such, it is simultaneously collection, connection, and classroom, primarily for the current and future students and faculty of the University, while also serving other colleagues in the University community and our regional, national, and global communities of learning and scholarship.

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    The sheet music in this digital collection has been selected from the Sheet Music Collection at the John Hay Library at Brown University. The full collection consists of approximately 500,000 items, of which perhaps 250,000 are currently available ...

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  • Alcohol, Temperance & ... Thumbnail

    The digitized items in the Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition Collection are from the Alcoholism and Addiction Studies Collection, as well as from various collections in the Brown University Library — broadsides, sheet music, pamphlets and government publications.

    The items have been ...

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  • Archives of the ... Thumbnail

    Materials from the archives of Ladd Observatory, including eclipse expedition scrapbooks, slides, and associated materials from Charles H. Smiley.

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  • Blondie Robinson collection ... Thumbnail

    A collection of 77 vintage photographs, primarily from the early 20th century, the bulk of which is dated between the years 1915 and 1925, formerly owned by Blondie Robinson, an accomplished African-American vaudeville performer of that era. The heart of ...

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    Books at Brown was, from 1951 through 1998, the scholarly publication of the Friends of the Brown University Library. Published occasionally, issues of 'Books at Brown' included both informational overviews on the Library's specialized collections and original scholarship utilizing ...

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  • Brown Archival & ... Thumbnail

    A collection of digitized materials from Special Collections at the John Hay Library. Please visit the Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online (RIAMCO) for access to the finding aids collection. RIAMCO is the gateway to information about archival collections ...

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    A miscellany of Brown Library's collections.

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  • Brown University Library ... Thumbnail

    Each year several members of the Brown University Library staff publish scholarly works. This collection contains publications, research posters, and other scholarly works authored by Library staff.

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  • The Brown University Library and Alumni Relations have digitized yearbooks from 1870 to 2007 in order to make them available to the Brown community. Brown community members must use their Brown Account to log in to the Brown Digital Repository ...

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  • Carleton T. Morse ... Thumbnail

    The Carleton D. Morse whaling collection contains correspondence, logbooks and accounts, seaman's journals, merchant's and owner's accounts, reports and legal documents, literary works, photographs and engravings, as well as newspaper clippings, research notes, ephemera and other printed ...

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    Carriers' addresses were published by newspapers, usually on January 1, and distributed in the United States for more than two centuries. The custom originated in England and was introduced here during colonial times. The newsboys delivered these greetings in verse ...

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    A collection of ephemera (postcards, menu & rate cards, brochures, etc.) documenting the importance of the Catskills resort communities in American Jewish Life. Additional information can be found on the Catskills Institute website [catskills@brown.edu].

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  • Center for Digital ... Thumbnail

    The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), a cross-departmental group in the Brown University Library, supports digital scholarship for the Brown community and beyond by supporting scholarly and academic activities that are conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technology ...

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  • Christine Dunlap Farnham ... Thumbnail

    This collection contains oral history interviews with alumnae of Brown University, which admitted its first women students in 1891. The Women's College at Brown was renamed Pembroke College in 1928, and in 1971, Pembroke College merged with the Men ...

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  • The "Chronicles of Brunonia" presents historical narratives of life at Brown University, inspired by the archival documents in John Hay Library and written by undergraduates. Most of the narratives here were written in creative nonfiction workshops taught by Beth Taylor ...

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  • Ciné-Tracts Thumbnail

    Digitized issues of Ciné-Tracts: A Journal of Film, Communication, Culture and Politics. Ciné-Tracts was founded in 1977 and edited by Ron Burnett until it ceased publication in late 1982. During that time, the journal published seventeen issues (1,247 pages ...

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  • Cuban Slavery documents Thumbnail

    Documents including letters, certificates, and inventories relating to the institution of slavery, slaves, and indentured servants in Cuba dating from 1820-1892. Many of the documents refer to Chinese people brought to Cuba as indentured servants or contract laborers (colonos).

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  • Cultural Correspondence Thumbnail

    A journal born from the collapse of the New Left and hopes for a new beginning of a social movement, but also of left-wing thinking about culture, Cultural Correspondence was in many ways a unique publication.

    Its founding editors, Paul ...

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  • Digital Arts Showcase Thumbnail

    Digital art works from across the disciplines.

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  • Digitizing Timbuktu Thumbnail

    The Brown University Library received a unique donation in 2014 from the Yattara family of Atlanta (by way of Timbuktu, Mali) of an enigmatic Arabic manuscript. After initial study this item, consisting of some 150+ folio pages contained in a ...

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  • Drowne Family papers Thumbnail

    The Drowne family papers encompass the correspondence and documents of several generations of an old and distinguished Rhode Island family, with the bulk of the materials consisting of writings and other materials pertaining to the life of Solomon Drowne, M ...

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  • Dupee Mexican History ... Thumbnail

    The Dupee Collection offers nearly 200 broadsides published after the Mexican republic secured its independence in 1821. Chronicled within the broadsides are Mexican partisan politics, religious and anti-clerical debates, popular literature and drama, domestic revolutions and armed conflict with the ...

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  • Educating Change Thumbnail

    Powerfully illustrated through the lives of three Mexican/Chicana women - Ramona Medina, Socorro Gomez-Potter, and Yolanda Almaraz-Esquivel - "Educating Change:  Latina Activism and the Struggle for Educational Equity" documents a history of Mexican women's migration and activism, and considers its ...

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  • Fernando Birri Archive ... Thumbnail

    This subgroup of the Fernardo Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts contains correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, essays, and screenplays created and collected by Argentinian filmmaker and artist, Fernando Birri. Several of Birri’s diaries are collected here as well.

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  • FlatWeb Thumbnail

    Thomas Banchoff's impressive collection of information about Edwin Abbott Abbott, the author of the Victorian novel Flatland. Including editions, letters and images of Abbott, a bibliography, essays.

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  • Garibaldi and the ... Thumbnail

    The Garibaldi / Risorgimento digital archive seeks to provide a comprehensive resource for the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the life and deeds of one of the protagonists of the Italian unification process (1807-1882), against the historical backdrop of 19th-century Europe ...

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  • Gorham Collection Thumbnail

    A collection of drawings, sketches, and digital objects pertaining to the design process used by the Gorham Manufacturing Company to create its hand-crafted consumer silver products. Featured are many objects from Gorham’s Martelé line, a product that was entirely ...

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  • Great Kanto Earthquake ... Thumbnail

    In August 1923, William Dana Reynolds, with his wife Vera Hunt Reynolds and their young daughter Helen embarked from Honolulu on the Japanese steamship Taiyo Maru, bound for Yokohama. While at sea, the ship experienced and survived a tsunami only ...

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  • H. Adrian Smith ... Thumbnail

    The Smith Magic Objects Collection consists of a number of objects pertaining to magic, collected by Smith over the course of his life. It includes memorabilia from other magicians, various awards and trophies, games, cards, magic tricks, and props for ...

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  • Haitian Studies Resources Thumbnail

    Digitized books, scores, pamphlets, maps, and letters selected from the Brown University Library's Haitian Studies holdings.

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  • Harris Broadsides Thumbnail

    Broadsides are single-sheet publications, often issued as ephemera or announcements. The Harris Broadsides Collection is a comprehensive collection of American poetry published in broadside format from colonial times to the present. The collection offers materials covering a broad spectrum of ...

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  • Howard P. Lovecraft ... Thumbnail

    A collection of correspondence to and from Providence-based speculative fiction author, Howard P. Lovecraft. Also contained are many of his original manuscripts.

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  • Hubert Jennings papers Thumbnail

    The Hubert Jennings papers is an extensive collection of materials created or collected by Jennings in the course of his research on the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa focused particularly on the time Pessoa lived in Durban, South Africa. Jennings published ...

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  • Hurricane Katrina Archive Thumbnail

    Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are likely to have long-term effects on the cities and towns of the Gulf Coast . An interdisciplinary group of scholars, led by S4 Director John Logan, received support from NSF's Human and Social Dynamics program ...

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  • Illustrated Quixote Thumbnail

    In the fall of 2005, the Brown University Library celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de La Mancha with an exhibit featuring book illustrations and title pages from the first edition of this ...

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  • Images of Brown Thumbnail

    A collection of historical images of the University, serving as a visual record of Brown's campus life from its beginnings in the 1760s to the current day.

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  • Brown University's Department of Music hosted the first conference on Applied Ethnomusicology. Participants from Europe and the United States discussed various ways in which Ethnomusicologists work directly in and on behalf of communities outside of academia. This project provides ...

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  • James Koetting Ghana ... Thumbnail

    The James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings collection presents a vibrant mix of traditional and popular music recorded at a broad range of locations and events in Ghana during the 1970s by ethnomusicologist James Koetting. Students and researchers can hear online ...

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  • John J. Weir ... Thumbnail

    John J. Weir (1922-1977) grew up in the small seaside town of South Amboy, New Jersey. He became an avid reader of science fiction and horror in 1934 to escape the suffocating boredom of small town life. The John Weir ...

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  • Jonathan Russell papers Thumbnail

    Appointed chargé d’affaires in Paris in 1810 by President Madison, Russell served as one of five U. S. negotiators for the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. He subsequently served as United States Minister to Sweden ...

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  • Khrushchev Archive Thumbnail

    Color slides and video depicting Nikita Khruschev & family (circa late-1960s to early-1970s).

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  • Latin American Travelogues Thumbnail

    The Latin American Travelogues digital collection draws on the expertise of Prof. James N. Green, Professor of Latin American history; Patricia Figueroa, Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections; students; and the staff of the Center for Digital Scholarship. It ...

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  • Lincoln Broadsides Thumbnail

    Brown's Lincoln Broadsides collection comprises an assortment of printed materials intended for broad public distribution in a variety of formats. Within this digital collection you will find, for example: handbills (a single sheet of text intended for wide public ...

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  • Lincoln Envelopes Thumbnail

    This collection contains embellished envelopes created during the period surrounding Lincoln’s presidency and the time immediately after his assassination. Many of the envelopes depict Lincoln himself, as well as various notable political and military figures. The artwork widely ranges ...

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  • Lincoln Graphics Thumbnail

    Prints in the Lincoln collection are classified by Meserve numbers, and include most of the known photographic images of Lincoln, along with engravings and popular prints by, among other firms, Currier & Ives and Kurz & Allen. There are also ...

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  • Lincoln Manuscripts Thumbnail

    The Hay Library’s famed collection of manuscripts authored or signed by Lincoln, now comprises nearly 1,100 pieces. This digital collection of the Brown University Library’s Lincoln manuscripts was created with the assistance of the Abraham Lincoln Papers ...

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  • Lincoln Objects Thumbnail

    Objects from the Lincoln Collection.

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  • Lincoln Sheet Music Thumbnail

    This database comprises sheet music from the McLellan Lincoln Collection at the Hay Library written between 1859 and 1923. Music about Lincoln ranges from popular song to compositions for orchestral performance. Popular music about Abraham Lincoln proliferated between 1859 and ...

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  • Martha and Waitstill ... Thumbnail

    Brown alumna Martha Dickie Sharp (Pembroke 1926) and her husband Rev. Waitstill Sharp were co-founders of the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. The collection documents their strenuous efforts throughout the course of the war to provide relief and ...

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  • Martha Waldo Greene ... Thumbnail

    The Martha Waldo Greene and Frederick Sherman Collection of Frederick Douglass papers contains a total of 26 items by and relating to Frederick Douglass (1818-1895): 19 letters and documents, 5 photographs, and 2 published books. Items span from 1845-1936, with ...

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  • Mary Anne Atwood ... Thumbnail

    The Mary Anne Atwood Papers contains about 700 letters and manuscripts written by British spiritual writer Mary Anne Atwood between the years 1882-1910. Most of the letters in the collection are written from Atwood to Mme. Isabelle de Steiger, a ...

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  • Minassian Collection of ... Thumbnail

    Miniature paintings from the estate of Mrs. Adrienne Minassian. The paintings often include text from Persian and Indian tales. Many of the illustrations within the Minassian Collection are depictions of stories from the classical Persian text, Shahnama of Ferdowsi.

    The ...

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  • Minassian Collection of ... Thumbnail

    Collection of approximately 200 folders of Qur'anic leaves dating from the 8th century onward.

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  • Modernist Journals Project Thumbnail

    A digital research collection focusing on Modernist journals and magazines, together with essays, introductions, and biographical sketches.

    The Modernist Journals Project publishes fully searchable online editions of the English-language journals and magazines that were important in shaping the modes of ...

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  • Napoleonic Satires Thumbnail

    The Napoleonic satires housed in the Anne S. K. Brown Military collection of the John Hay Library represent several important gifts made to the library in the 20th century. In addition to the Napoleonic satires located in the military collection ...

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  • Palestine: traveling in ... Thumbnail

    Offered as an accompaniment to Jesse Lyman Hurlbut’s 1900 text “Traveling in the Holy Land through the Stereoscope”, the stereoscopic images collected here present Palestine just at the turn of the Twentieth-century. The images focus particularly on ancient ruins ...

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  • Paris: Capital of ... Thumbnail

    The project, "Paris, Capital of the 19th century," initiated by the French Studies and Comparative Literature Departments of Brown University, provides a window into the cultural, political and social context of 19th century Parisian culture.

    It offers online access to ...

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  • Perry in Japan: ... Thumbnail

    Materials for use in cross-cultural evaluation of Perry's encounter with the Japanese.

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  • Prints, Drawings and ... Thumbnail

    This vast digital collection of military artwork from the 16th through 20th centuries, vividly documents all aspects of military and naval history, with emphasis on the history and illustration of world military and naval uniforms from the 17th century to ...

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  • Radical America Thumbnail

    A digital edition of Radical America, a product of the campus-based New Left of the late 1960s, specifically the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), but the magazine long outlived its seedbed. Its trajectory illustrates the effort to place an ...

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  • Rider Broadsides Thumbnail

    The Sidney S. Rider Collection, the largest private collection of materials related to the history of Rhode Island, was purchased from Sidney Rider and presented to the library by Marsden Perry in 1903. Rider was a leading Providence bookseller, publisher ...

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  • Rock50 Oral History ... Thumbnail

    This collection contains oral history interviews with longtime members of the Brown University Library staff, in celebration of the Rockefeller’s Library’s fiftieth anniversary in 2014. The interviews were conducted by Brown librarians Carina Cournoyer and Karen Bouchard. Staff ...

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  • Sanborn Maps for ... Thumbnail

    Collection of Sanborn Maps of Rhode Island.

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  • Shadows at Dawn Thumbnail

    A rich array of primary sources generated by a single, troubling event–the Camp Grant Massacre of 1871– illuminates the world of the mid-nineteenth-century U.S.-Mexico borderlands. This world was home to an unusually diverse collection of human communities ...

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  • Steering Committee on ... Thumbnail

    An archive of a wide array of historical documents, from the records of slaving voyages to student commencement orations, digitized in support of the work of the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. The collection contains over one hundred ...

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  • Stephen Mopope paintings ... Thumbnail

    Stephen Mopope (1898-1974) was a Kiowa painter, dancer, and flute player of Spanish descent, from Oklahoma. He was the most prolific member of a group of Kiowa artists known as the Kiowa Five. This collection contains 7 gouache paintings that ...

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  • Technology: Material Culture ... Thumbnail

    Images collected by Pat Malone over the years.

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  • The Theater that ... Thumbnail

    A digital collection of views and maps from Rome of the 16th-18th century. The collection features a selection of works from the extraordinary collection of Vincent J. Buonanno '66, focused on views and maps of the Eternal City from the ...

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  • Underground Rhode Island Thumbnail

    A collection of oral histories and supporting materials about the arts in 20thc. Rhode Island. These materials formed part of an exhibit, and continued to grow as a digital collection. In the spring semester of 2004, the students in Paul ...

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  • Vietnam Veterans Archive Thumbnail

    The Vietnam Veterans Archive is a collection of oral histories, documents, photographs, memorabilia, and letters from veterans or family members. The project was initiated by David Taylor '66 and Beth Taylor, co-director of Brown’s Nonfiction Writing Program, to capture ...

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  • Views and Reviews Thumbnail

    Seventeen years after the end of the Soviet Union, Views and Reviews invites a post-Cold War assessment of Soviet graphic arts. The exhibition suggests that artistic merit may be found in art in the service of political belief and subject ...

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  • Voyage of the ... Thumbnail

    Documentary evidence of the first slave trading voyage sponsored by the Brown brothers of Providence, RI.This project arose from the work of the Brown University Committee on Slavery and Justice, led by James Campbell. The committee investigated the contributions ...

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  • World War I ... Thumbnail

    The World War I digital sheet music collection is drawn from the Sheet Music Collection at the John Hay Library. It is composed of over 1,800 titles that relate in some way to the events of World War I ...

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  • Writers Online Thumbnail

    An audio Internet archive of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University – an attempt, however modest, to make available to remote listeners, on campus and off, the pleasure of hearing, in real time, readings and performances by the many writers ...

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  • Yiddish Sheet Music Thumbnail

    The Yiddish language sheet music in this digital collection is part of the large Sheet Music Collection at the John Hay Library. The digital collection is composed of public domain (pre-1923) titles.

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