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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Organizations

Financial Records

Meetings

Correspondence

Continuing Education

Personal Records

Photographs

Contacts

Publicity

Churches

Publications

African American Library at the Gregory School

Roscoe Cavitt Collection MSS.0026

An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library



Descriptive Summary

CreatorCavitt, Roscoe
Title: Roscoe Cavitt Collection
Dates: 1941 - 2002
Identification: MSS.0026
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical Note

Roscoe Alvin Cavitt served as Executive Secretary with the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce and Secretary and Executive Director of the National Negro Business League during the 1940s and 50s. As an officer of the organization his responsibilities included organizing conferences and annual meetings, drafting the minutes to meetings, handling the financial records, representing, and corresponding with civic leaders and institutions that sought the services of the organization.

O’Neta “Pink” Cavitt was born May 23rd, 1914 to Cora and Tarver Pink in Kendleton, Texas. She attended Powell Point High School and graduated in 1933. After completing all of the requirements in cosmetology and receiving her certificate as a Cosmetologist from the Franklin Beauty School, she entered the Houston College for Negroes, now known as Texas Southern University (TSU). During this time she opened a hat shop at 222 West Dallas in Houston. There she sold hats she made as well as different kinds of accessories to accompany the hats. She also taught an adult education millinery class in the evenings at Booker T. Washington for adults who were interested in making hats. In 1937 she met Roscoe Alvin Cavitt, then a tax consultant who would go on to serve as Executive Secretary of the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce. They would remain married until his death. They have one child, a daughter, Cheryle A. Cavitt, who was the former principal at A.B. Anderson Academy.

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Historical Note

Roscoe Alvin Cavitt served as Executive Secretary with the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce and Secretary and Executive Director of the National Negro Business League during the 1940s and 50s. The Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1935 and was located on 224 West Dallas Avenue in Houston, Texas. It functioned as a service program based on community goodwill for the commercial and civic development of African Americans businesses and establishing racial goodwill among all races within the community. The Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce also organized workshops, conferences, and annual meetings for members to hone their skills, seek advice, and discuss issues that affect them.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt Collection consists of documents, correspondence, financial records, minutes, meetings and conferences, photographs, newsclippings, and press releases pertaining to the business and operations of the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce. Also contained are personal files and records of Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt.

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder. Please ask reference staff for information and assistance on the possibility of photo duplication and any associated fees. The library reserves the right to restrict duplication.

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Index Terms

Donor (dnr) Cavitt, Cheryle
Cavitt, O'Neta
Cavitt, Roscoe
Cavitt, Roscoe
Henderson, J.J.
Smith, A. Maceo
Sudduth, Horace
Totty, S.V.
Antioch Baptist Church
Booker T. Washington High School
Damascus Missionary Baptist Church
Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce
Houston Negro College Fund
National Institute for Commercial and Trade Organization Executives
National Institute for Organization Management
National Negro Business League
Prarie View A&M University
Texas Southern University

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Roscoe Cavitt Collection.MSS0026, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

Donated by Cheryle Cavitt, July 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Vince Lee, October 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Organizations

BoxFolder
11Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce
Departments of Your Chamber of Commerce ND
Agenda-Board of Directors Meeting January 9, 1956
Board of Directors Contact List 1956
Membership Campaign 1953
Fact sheet 1954
Informational Pamphlet ND
Informational Pamphlet ND
Informational Pamphlet ND
Informational Pamphlet ND
The Chamber Weekly Report February 4, 1948
Let’s Talk Chamber of Commerce July 9, 1954
“Sales Training Suggestions” for small stores ND
BoxFolder
12Constitution
Constitution of the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce ND
Constitution of the National Negro Business League of the United States 1954
BoxFolder
13Article of Incorporation
Article of Incorporation 1948
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14National Negro Business League
“Is the National Negro Business League at the Cross Roads?” An Open Letter by Roscoe Cavitt ND
Welcome to National Business League Agenda October 5, 1955
Youth Program-Preliminary report of Survey begun the year 1953-54 April 25 - 26, 1955
National Negro Business League Informational Pamphlet ND
National Negro Business League-Board of Directors ND
Signed Petition to National Negro Business League Convention October 21, 1954
Addresses and Listings of Local Negro Business league and Chambers of Commerce ND
Travel Itinerary of National Negro Business League Good Will Tour to Mexico 1955
Business Stationary for National Negro Business League ND

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Financial Records

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15Financial Statements
Antioch Baptist Church-Financial Statement 1945
Statement of Income and Disbursements-Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce 1955
Sources of Income ND
Promissory Note from Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce to First National Bank in Houston September 6, 1955
Expenses for News Release by National Negro Business League May 5, 1955
Statement of Expenses-Youth Program of the National Negro Business League October 5, 1955
Bank Statement for United Negro College Fund June 16, 1948
Banking Institutions owned and operated by Negroes November, 1952

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Meetings

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16Minutes
Minutes of the 53rd Annual Convention of the National Negro Business League November 4-7, 1953
Minutes of the Board of Directors-National Negro Business League October 21, 1954
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17Meetings and Conferences
Eighth Annual Meeting-Business and Professional Men’s Club February, 5 1959
Fifteenth Annual State Convention-Texas Negro Chamber of Commerce July 29-30, 1951
First Annual Business Clinic May 3, 1954
Ninth Annual Business Clinic April 9, 1962
55th Annual Convention-National Negro Business League OCtober 5-7, 1955
25th Annual Meeting-Business and Professional men’s Club February 6, 1974
Fifth Conference on the Negro in Business April 13-15, 1950
Texas Career Conference February 19-21, 1954
Teachers State Association November 26-28, 1953
BoxFolder
18Annual Meetings
Thirteenth Annual Meeting-Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce April 8, 1949
Fifteenth Annual Meeting-Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce May 7, 1951
Eighteenth Annual Meeting-Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce May 18, 1954

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Correspondence

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19General Correspondence
Letter from Henry A. Boyd to National Negro Business League September 16, 1955
Letter from George W. Snowden to Horace Sudduth September 20, 1955
Letter from R.W. Hilliard to Dr. Hartshorn September 29, 1955
Letter from Lawrence H. Lightner to National Negro Business League April 22, 1955
Letter from J.V. Anderson to Horace Sudduth November 10, 1955
Letter from Ina Bolton to J.H. Jemison September 15, 1955
Letter from H. W. Morgan to Horace Sudduth April 19, 1955
Letter from J.F. Parnell to Roscoe Cavitt ND
Letter from Secretary to Mr. Cavitt to J.J. Henderson June 25, 1956
Letter from C.F. Hendrix to W.B. Black, Jr. October 1, 1952
Letter from Mayor Oscar Holcombe (Houston) to Mayor Watkins Overton ND
Letter from Melba Webster and H.A. Conley from YWCA Victory Club June 23, 1964
Letter from Thos. Willier to Mayor Holcombe December 3, 1951
Letter from Wendell J. Marzolf January 11, 1961
Letter from Tommie Glass to Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Cavitt ND
Letter from Uncle Johnny Mills to Sidney L. Hoggatt January 18, 1954
Letter from Charles C. Diggs, Jr. to Samuel C. Gibbons May 7, 1955
Excerpts of Letters to and from Horace Sudduth 1949
BoxFolder
110Correspondence from Roscoe Cavitt
Letter from Roscoe Cavitt to Dr. Totty August 19, 1955
Letter from Roscoe Cavitt to James Pierce September 23, 1954
Letter from Roscoe Cavitt to J.J. Henderson December 19, 1955
Letter from Roscoe Cavitt to attendees of National Negro Business League Convention August 5, 1955
Letter from Roscoe Cavitt to Dr. Reese July 10, 1951
Letter from Roscoe Cavitt to N. Dudley October 30, 1947
BoxFolder
111Correspondence to Roscoe Cavitt
Letter from Dr. A.R. Reese to Roscoe Cavitt July 14, 1951
Letter from G.C. Owen to Roscoe Cavitt January 21, 1950
Letter from Val. J. Washington to Roscoe Cavitt August 13, 1956
Letter from Wm. S. Holland to Roscoe Cavitt April 15, 1955
Letter from Emmer Martin Lancaster to Roscoe Cavitt April 18, 1955
Letter from W.H. Randolph to Roscoe Cavitt August 26, 1955
Letter from Gladys C. Vaught to Roscoe Cavitt September 26, 1955
Letter from H.Hadley Hartshorn and J.A. Pierce to Roscoe Cavitt July 26, 1955
Letter from R.W. Puryear to Roscoe Cavitt February 13, 1945
Letter from Emmett M. Smith to Roscoe Cavitt November 16, 1956
Letter from J.W. Rice to Roscoe Cavitt November 5, 1952
Letter from A.G. Gaston to Roscoe Cavitt October 13, 1947
Letter from C.W. Deslandes to Roscoe Cavitt February 20, 1956
Letter from E.B. Evans to Roscoe Cavitt January 26, 1955
Letter to S.L. Hoggatt May 19, 1954
Letter from S.W. Tigner to Roscoe Cavitt September 26, 1941
Letter from W.S. Bellows to Roscoe Cavitt August 15, 1955
Letter from A.S. Arnold to Roscoe Cavitt ND
Letter to Roscoe Cavitt October 6, 1953
Letter from E.B. Evans to Roscoe Cavitt August 17, 1955
Letter from R.S. Austin to Roscoe Cavitt September 1, 1953
Letter from Mack H. Hannah to Roscoe Cavitt October 5, 1951
Letter from Aaron A. McBride to Roscoe Cavitt October 26, 1962
Letter from W.A. Kirkland to Roscoe Cavitt October 8, 1952
Letter from Rufus C. Conley to Roscoe Cavitt April 10, 1967
Letter from G.W. Cox to Roscoe Cavitt June 22, 1954
Letter from William A. Lawson to Roscoe Cavitt July 31, 1972
Letter from J.W. Rice to Roscoe Cavitt August 6, 1952
Letter from Horace Sudduth to Roscoe Cavitt July 24, 1952
Letter from Horace Sudduth to Roscoe Cavitt August 4, 1952
Letter from W.R. Garrison to Roscoe Cavitt December 17, 1953
Letter from C.C. Dejoie, Jr. to Roscoe Cavitt September 30, 1955
Letter from W.V. Harper to Roscoe Cavitt November 9, 1954
Letter from Randall L. Tyus to Roscoe Cavitt September 6, 1951
Letter from C.L. Wilson to Roscoe Cavitt June 16, 1951
Letter from R.C. Lancaster to Roscoe Cavitt January 12, 1948
Letter from Carolyn D. Wells and E. Kermon Steward to Roscoe Cavitt October 13, 1955
Letter from Walter L. Rubens to Roscoe Cavitt May 21, 1954
Letter from Wm. C. Craver to Roscoe Cavitt October 28, 1943
Letter from John Randolph Smith to Roscoe Cavitt June 27, 1952
Letter from Samuel C. Gibbons to Roscoe Cavitt September 12, 1955
Letter from H.M. Morgan to Roscoe Cavitt September 30, 1955
Letter from W.O. Bryson Jr. to Roscoe Cavitt May 17, 1955
Letter from Solomon Johnson to Roscoe Cavitt September 23, 1955
Letter from S.V. Totty to Roscoe Cavitt September 13, 1955
Letter from E.M. VanDyke-Gilbert to Roscoe Cavitt ND
Letter from Horace Sudduth to Roscoe Cavitt September 28, 1955
Letter from L.B. Hurt to Roscoe Cavitt September 7, 1951
Letter from J.W. Rice to Roscoe Cavitt July 11, 1952
Letter from W.V. Harper to Roscoe Cavitt September 27, 1955
Letter from W.O. Bryson Jr. to Roscoe Cavitt September 22, 1955
Letter from Jesse O. Thomas to Roscoe Cavitt September 15, 1955
Letter from T.R.M. Howard to Roscoe Cavitt September 15, 1955
Letter from A. Maceo Smith to Roscoe Cavitt July 26, 1955
Letter from Morris Williams Jr. to Roscoe Cavitt June 1, 1955
Letter from Morris Williams Jr to Roscoe Cavitt May 11, 1955
Letter from A. Maceo Smith to Roscoe Cavitt September 26, 1955
Letter from F. Alatorre to Roscoe Cavitt with Western Union Telegram April 25, 1955
Letter from R.W. Hilliard to Roscoe Cavitt August 29, 1955
Letter from A.S. Arnold to Roscoe Cavitt September 24, 1955
Letter from A. Maceo Smith to Roscoe Cavitt September 23, 1955
Letter from K.H. Malone to Roscoe Cavitt September 21, 1955
Letter from J.J. Henderson to Roscoe Cavitt September 20, 1955
Letter from Lorene B. Lancelin to Roscoe Cavitt March 17, 1961
Letter from J.J. Henderson to Roscoe Cavitt September 19, 1955
Western Union Telegram from Samuel Gibbons to Roscoe Cavitt September 17, 1955
Letter from Bob Casey to Roscoe Cavitt July 14, 1955
Letter from Roscoe Dunjee to Roscoe Cavitt September 13, 1955
Letter from Archie J. Morgan to Roscoe Cavitt September 27, 1955
Letter from William E. Moreland to Roscoe Cavitt November 8, 1954
Letter from H.L. Willis to Roscoe Cavitt September 2, 1950
Letter from Moss H. Kendrix to Roscoe Cavitt September 16, 1955
Letter from E.B. Evans to Roscoe Cavitt June 15, 1955
Western Union Telegram from William Hudgins to Roscoe Cavitt ND
Letter from R. O’Hara Lanier to Roscoe Cavitt April 17, 1951
Letter from A.G. Gaston to Roscoe Cavitt September 19, 1955
Letter from J.E. Walker to Roscoe Cavitt September 20, 1955
Letter from H.M. Morgan to Roscoe Cavitt April 19, 1955
Letter from A.D. Bruce to Roscoe Cavitt August 27, 1955
Western Union Telegram from C.A. Rawls April 25, 1955
Letter from Harriet Dickson Reynolds to Roscoe Cavitt September 2, 1952
Letter from Geraldine Tillison to Roscoe Cavitt May 12, 1953
Letter from S.V. Totty to Roscoe Cavitt November 28, 1955
Letter from S.V.Totty to Roscoe Cavitt November 28, 1955
Letter from C.U. Turpin to Roscoe Cavitt July 27, 1954
Letter from Mabel E. Kilpatrick to Roscoe Cavitt November 10, 1955
Letter from S.V. Totty to Roscoe Cavitt April 20, 1955
Letter from J.W. Rice to Roscoe Cavitt April 20, 1955
Letter from A.S. Arnold to Roscoe Cavitt January 22, 1954
Letter from E.C. Norris to Roscoe Cavitt November 8, 1955
Letter from Wm. B. Black, Jr. to Roscoe Cavitt October 7, 1952
Letter from J.J. Henderson to Roscoe Cavitt April 19, 1955
Letter from A.S. Arnold to Roscoe Cavitt March 22, 1956
Letter from R.A. Hester to Roscoe Cavitt May 21, 1951
Letter from E.B. Evans to Roscoe Cavitt October 10, 1955
Letter from Harry G. Johns to Roscoe Cavitt September 20, 1955
Letter from Melvin A. Silverman to Roscoe Cavitt July 9, 1956
Letter from M.T. Puryear to Roscoe Cavitt October 21, 1953
Letter from Wm. C. Ferguson to Roscoe Cavitt April 19, 1960
Letter from Mayor Oscar Holcombe to Roscoe Cavitt June 10, 1952

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BoxFolder
112Continuing Education
12Adult Education
Evening Classes In the Program of Adult Education-Booker T. Washington Evening School 1950
Fourth Annual Convention Program-Distributive Education Clubs of Texas-Phillis Wheatley Senior High School 1952
Adult Education Briefs-Developing Good Communities in the Houston Metropolitan Area 1956
BoxFolder
113Prairie View A&M Business Clinic
Second Annual Business Clinic Program-Prairie View A&M College 1955
BoxFolder
114National Institute for Organization Management
National Institute for Organization Management-Registration List-Michigan State University 1955
Chamber of Commerce Administration Certificate-Roscoe Cavitt 1956
National Institute for Commercial and Trade Organization Executives
General Correspondence from Spencer Shaw 1955
Daily Class Schedule for Chamber of Commerce…Foundation Course 1955

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Personal Records

BoxFolder
116Events Programs
Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration of Roscoe and Oneta Cavitt 1987
Annual Christmas Luncheon and Honors Program 1994
Fifth Annual Booker T. Washington Birthday Dinner 1949
General Assembly Program-G.W. Carver High School 1956
BoxFolder
117Awards
National Council of Negro Women-Distinguished Achievement Award-Oneta Cavitt 1996
Certificate of Achievement presented to O’Neta Cavitt by Mrs. Ramey’s Class 1982
Lee School Honors Oneta Cavitt 1984
BoxFolder
118O'Neta Cavitt 1977
Verification of Service and Salary-O’Neta Cavitt 1977
Bill for Unreported Deposits 1977
Schedule of Courses for O’Neta Cavitt ND
Texas Teacher Certificate issued to O’Neta Cavitt 1955
Texas Teacher Certificate issued to O’Neta Cavitt 1968
Transcript of O’Neta Cavitt-Houston College for Negroes 1975
Letter from Quentin Mease to Mrs. O’Neta P. Cavitt 1995
BoxFolder
119Roscoe Cavitt
Election notice to teach at Jasper Schools for Roscoe Cavitt 1943
Notification of Personnel Action 1952
Certificate of Credit for Roscoe Cavitt from National Institute for Organization Management 1956
Certificate of Credit for Roscoe Cavitt from National Institute for Commercial and Trade Organization Executives 1954
Certificate of Credit for Roscoe Cavitt from National Institute for Commercial and Trade Organization Executives 1955

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Photographs

BoxFolder
120Photographs (photocopied)
MSS 0026.001-unidentified young girl n.d.
MSS 0026.002-Roscoe Cavitt standing with group n.d.
MSS 0026.003-Roscoe Cavitt standing with group outside n.d.
MSS 0026.004-Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce n.d.
MSS 0026.005-Reception n.d.
MSS 0026.006-National Chamber of Commerce on National Business League n.d.

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Contacts

BoxFolder
121United Negro College Fund
Letterhead and Stationary listing directors and executive committee n.d.
BoxFolder
122Consultants
Consultants List with addresses and telephone numbers n.d.

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Publicity

BoxFolder
123Press Release
Houston Chronicle, Houston Post, and Houston Press 1953
National Negro Business League 1955
Moss H. Kendrix Organization 1955
National Negro Business League n.d.
BoxFolder
124Newsclippings
O’Neta Cavitt, African-American News & Issues 2002
Rev. N.T. Burks and Roscoe Cavitt Named to New Federal Grand Jury, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Citizens Hail Opening Day at Minimax’s, unidentified newspaper n.d.
The Cavitts are Vacationing in the ‘Windy City’, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Guest Speaker, unidentified newspaper n.d.
First Fair Tickets, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Chamber Secretary to Northwestern, The Informer 1955
The National Negro Business League, The Informer and Texas Freeman 1955
Local C of C Banquet May 17, The Informer 1955
Advice from the Chief, unidentified newspaper n.d.
C of C Launches Membership Drive, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Claudette Colbert Pink is Wed at Blue Triangle Y, unidentified newspaper n.d.
In Chamber Membership Drive, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Chest Checkup Leaders, Houston Chronicle 1955
Local NAACP Branch, Forward Times 1960
“Y” Secretary Succeeds Manning; Dudley Reelected, unidentified newspaper n.d.
TSU Alumnus Holds Important OPS Post, TSU Clarion n.d.
R.A. Cavitt of C of C to Preside at DC Meet, unidentified newspaper n.d.
NAACP Membership Launched, unidentified newspaper n.d.
C of C Exec to Attend Institute, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Committee Calls for Library Improvement, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Pioneers ‘seemed free to win at last’, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Chamber Receives State Charter, unidentified newspaper n.d.
The College Canvas, Forward Times 1960
1000 Attend Potentate Ball, Forward Times 1960
Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce 1949 Membership Campaign, The Negro Labor News 1949
Partic Pants in Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce, unidentified newspaper n.d.
Chamber of Commerce Drive In Full Swing; Workers Seek Coveted Honors, unidentified newspaper n.d.

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BoxFolder
125Churches
25Antioch Baptist Church
Antioch Baptist Church Financial Report 1952
The Antioch Guide-An Official Directory of Antioch Baptist Church n.d.
Antioch Senior Choir Program 1992
BoxFolder
126Damascus Missionary Baptist Church
122nd Church Anniversary Program 1988

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Publications

BoxFile
127Superintendent’s Bulletin
Superintendent’s Bulletin-Houston Independent School District- Issue No.37 1984
BoxFolder
128TSU Clarion
The TSU Clarion-Volume 1 Number 1 1952
The TSU Clarion-Volume 5 Number 1 1955
BoxFolder
129The Wayfarer
The Wayfarer 1968
BoxFolder
130TSU Bulletin
TSU Bulletin for 1952 and 1953 1953

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