TABLE OF CONTENTS
Biographical Note
Scope and Contents
Arrangement
Restrictions
Index Terms
Administrative Information
Description of Series
Series I: Looseleaf and Bound Notebooks
Series II: Calculations
Series III: Wavelet Theory of Seismography
Series IV: Artifacts and Ephemera

Guide to the Norman Hurd Ricker Papers, 19161978
MS 398





creator 
Ricker, Norman Hurd, 18961980 

Title: 
Norman Hurd Ricker Papers 

Dates: 
19161978 

Abstract: 
The Ricker Papers include the notes and papers related to physicist Norman Hurd Ricker's work in industrial research and in his academic career. The 25 boxes contain Ricker's autobiography, published papers, photographs depicting his experience at Rice University and many of his field expeditions, as well as notes, calculations, and graphs in various media, used in his research and writing. 

Identification: 
MS 398 

Quantity: 
12.0 linear ft. (23 boxes) 

Language: 


Repository: 
Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas 
Norman Hurd Ricker (18961980) was raised in Galveston and Albany, Texas, and was a member of Rice's first freshman and first graduating class. After receiving his doctorate in 1920 (the first given in Physics by Rice), Ricker remained at the Institute for a year before leaving to pursue his career in industrial research, first at Western Electric (19201923), and later at Humble Oil Refining Company (19231927), Hughes Tool Company (19271938), and Carter Oil Company (19381959). He ended his career of seismic and geophysical exploration in 1959 to return to academic life, taking a professorship of physics at the University of Oklahoma at Norman (19591980). Listed among his inventions are the paper cone loudspeaker and equipment for Texas's first deep oil wells, including the plunger lift pump for drilling. He is the author of numerous articles and a book,
Transient Waves in ViscoElastic Media. See
Sallyport, April 1978.
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The Norman Hurd Ricker Papers, composed of 24 document boxes and one Hollinger box, include the notes and papers related to Ricker's work in industrial research and his academic career. The boxes contain Ricker's autobiography, published papers, photographs depicting his experience at Rice and many of his field expeditions, as well as notes, calculations, and graphs in various media, used in his research and writing. The materials have maintained the structure in which they were received from Ricker's files.
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Arrangement 

The Norman Hurd Ricker Papers are arranged in four series replicating Ricker's own filing system. 

Note that one item in box 24 and all items in box 25 were deaccessioned in August 2009. The remaining items in box 24 were incorporated into box 23. 




Series I.
Bound and looseleaf notebooks. 


Series II.
Calculations. 


Series III.
Wavelet Theory of Seismography. 


Series IV.
Artifacts and Ephemera. 
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Access Restrictions
There are no accessrestrictions; this material is open for research.
Use Restrictions
Permission to publish material from the Norman Hurd Ricker Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
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Subjects (Organizations) 


Carter Oil. Jersey Production Research Center. 


Hughes Tool Company. 


Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Tex.). 


University of Oklahoma. 


Western Electric Company. 

Subjects 


Faculty 


Loudspeakers 


Pumping machinery 


Seismic prospecting 


Waves 


Wet wells (Hydraulic engineering) 

Genres 


charts (graphic documents) 


corrrespondence 


lecture notes 


notes 


photographs 
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The Norman Hurd Ricker Papers were received by Rice from three sources: from Ricker, who gave his
Autobiography to the Woodson in May, 1978; from his son, Norman H. Ricker, Jr., who sent a group of photographs in November, 1985; and from his daughter, Florence Ricker Cloudt, who donated six boxes containing notes and papers, many related to Ricker's Wavelet Theory of Seismography, in April, 1986, and two boxes containing glass slides, in December, 1986.
Processed by Todd Samuelson July, 2001.
Notes in Ricker's hand concerning the contents of envelopes and files have been transcribed in the inventory, or photocopied and placed within the new enclosures.
Note that one item in box 24 and all items in box 25 were deaccessioned by archivist/special collection librarian Philip Montgomery in August 2009. The remaining items in box 24 were incorporated into box 23. The deaccessioned items were destroyed by mildew, breakage and improper storage. Box 24 contained a box of glass slides marked as mildewed. The box was deaccessioned, because the slides were damaged beyond repair. Box 25 contained a box of glass slides and a wooden plaque that were mildewed, broken and damaged beyond repair.
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Series I: Looseleaf and Bound Notebooks 

Scope and Contents note 

Containing graphs, computations, and papers in typescript and Ricker's hand. 
Box 
Folder 
1 
1 

Looseleaf notebook containing correspondence and notes. Entitled, "A Treatise on the Mathematical Theory of Seismic Prospecting." c.1947 

2 

Bound notebook containing handwritten notes. Entitled, "Research Notebook No. 1 on the subject of `Our Dual World.'" 17 July 1963 

3 

Bound notebook containing calculations on graph paper. Entitled, "Tabulation of Wavelet Functions and Other Functions Related Thereto." n.d. 

4 

Notebook containing graphs and notes grouped topically. Entitled, "Internal Friction Experiments (with torsion tube)." c.19441945 

5 

Notebook containing two papers:
"May the Stokes Wave Equation Be Universal?" and
"Stokes Wave Equation and the Propagation of a Plane Wave of Sand in a Simple Gas." n.d. 

6 

Rough draft of a paper entitled,
"The Propagation of Seismic Wavelets: Chapter I, Historical Introduction." n.d. 
Box 
Folder 
2 
1 

Notebook of computer printouts entitled,
"Computations of Wavelet Functions, Wavelet Form Functions and Hermite Functions with IBM Card Programme Computer, by Use of Series Development, Plane and Spherical Wave Surfaces." October 1953 

2 

Notebook containing onionskin carbon copies of the first 100 pages of vol. I of the
Autobiography of Norman Hurd Ricker. n.d. 

3 

Correspondence with the Center for History and Philosophy of Physics, and the American Institute of Physics. Also, notes entitled,
"General Theory of Wavelet Contraction." c.19641971 

4 

Notebook containing a rough draft of
"Seismic Wavelets: Being an Account of the Propagation of Transient Disturbances in ViscoElastic Media." n.d. 
Box 
Folder 
3 
1 

Notebooks containing the fiscal report for the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories, Office of Aerospace Research. Entitled,
"The Propagation of Ultrasonic Elastic Waves in Solid Bodies and in Granular Media." December 1963 

2 

Reprint of
"The Form and Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets," comments made on the paper at the Third World Petroleum Congress, and Ricker's replies. c.1951 

3 

Typewritten copy of a paper by F. P. Murraghan of Johns Hopkins U entitled,
"On the Finite Deformations of an Elastic Solid." 13 February 1942 

4 

Notebook containing a handdrawn map of Vietnam, some newsclippings, and Ricker's notes on how tunnels used by the Viet Cong could be located by means of geophysical prospecting methods. n.d. 

5 

Bound notebook containing notes from a seminar,
"Wave Propagation and Energy Dissipation." Norman, OK. Sept. 1963 

6 

Typewritten copy of a paper by Francis A. Collins and C. C. Lee entitled,
"Seismic Wave Attenuation Characteristics from Pulse Experiments." n.d. 

7 

Bound handwritten draft of
"An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of the Earthwaves Geophysical Prospecting Method." c.1966 

8 

Bound personal diary on Fundamental Seismic Studies, carried out by Party 8: Experimental Seismic Party. Started at Limon, Colo. 10 Sept. 1948 
Box 
Folder 
4 
1 

Looseleaf notebooks of reviews and correspondence regarding
Transient Waves in ViscoElastic Media. c.1977 

2 

Looseleaf notebook containing notes on the Interchange of Energy Between Particles as Described by the Stokes Wave Equation. n.d. 

3 

Looseleaf notebook containing notes and graphs concerning wavelet theory. n.d. 
Box 
Folder 
5 
1 

Looseleaf notebook containing notes, graphs, and calculations concerning wavelet theory. n.d. 

2 

Reprint from the proceedings of the Third World Petroleum Congress:
"The Form and Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." 1951 

3 

Reprint of
"A Rational Approach to the Design of Electrical Filters and of ShotHole and Geophone Patterns in Seismic Reflection Prospecting," by F. Muir and F. W. Hales. n.d. 

4 

Published programs for the Semicentennial and Academic Festival of Rice University. Also, program for the International Conference on Fast Neutron Physics, 1012 October 1962. 2628 Feb. 1963 

5 

Bound correspondence regarding
"The Form and Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." c.19511953 

6 

Handwritten rough draft of
"Notes on Gravitation." n.d. 

7 

Collection of News Report of the National Academy of Sciences, (vol. VX, no. 1)  (vol. XVIII, no. 2). Jan. 1965 Feb. 1968 

8 

Published book:
Ultrasonic Imaging. Ed. R. Stuart Mackay. National Academy of Sciences, 1964 

9 

Notebook containing graphs and notes on
"theoretical studies and basis for interpretations of the experimental studies now being made on the absorption of supersonic elastic waves in solid bodies and in granular media." 10 Feb. 1962 
Box 
Folder 
6 
1 

Bound notebook. Entitled,
"Propagation of a Plane Sound Wave in a Simple Gas." n.d. 

2 

Handwritten rough draft of the first part of the
Autobiography of Norman Ricker (covering the period of his life prior to ). July 1924 

3 

Bound notebook containing typewritten version of a lecture delivered at the University of Tulsa on Entitled,
"The Role of Education in this Changing World." 26 October 1966 

4 

Bound notebook. Entitled,
"Broad Field of Application of the Stokes Wave Equation." Sept. 1960 

5 

Bound notebook containing rough draft of,
"May the Stokes Wave Equation Be Universal?" n.d. 

6 

Bound notebook containing rough draft of,
"May the Stokes Wave Equation Be Universal?" n.d. 

7 

Bound copy of the handwritten rough draft of,
"An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of the Earthwaves Geophysical Prospecting Method." n.d. 

8 

Bound notebook entitled,
"A Ring Vortex Theory of Matter and Radiation." n.d. 
Box 
Folder 
7 
1 

Bound notebook entitled,
"Research Notebook `B.'" 28 Dec. 1928  8 Dec. 1936 

2 

Bound notebook containing calculations and graphs. Entitled,
"Notebook of Mathematical Research." n.d. 

3 

Notebook containing prints of graphs regarding Wavelet Functions. n.d. 

4 

Notebook containing prints of graphs regarding Wavelet Functions. n.d. 

5 

Leaflet about Ricker's book,
"Transient Waves in ViscoElastic Media." n.d. 

6 

Nine reprints of articles by N. Ricker from to 19411953 

7 

Bound notebook containing reprints of articles published by N. Ricker from to [All contained in #44] 19411953 

8 

Bound notebook containing reprints of articles published by N. Ricker from to [Some contained in #44] 19161953 
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Series II: Calculations 

Scope and Contents note 

Notes for papers and lectures, seismic diagrams, correspondence and memoranda, and patents. 
Box 
Folder 
8 
1 

Bound notebook containing tabulations. Entitled,
"Wavelet Functions and WaveletForm Functions." Tulsa, OK. n.d. 

2 

Notebook diary during the Distinguished Lecture Tour of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 22 November 1953  20 January 1954 

3 

Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory.
"Lecture 1." 13 October 17 October, 1947 

4 

Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory.
"Lecture 2." 13 October 17 October, 1947 

5 

Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory.
"Lecture 3." 13 October 17 October, 1947 

6 

Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory.
"Lecture 4." 13 October 17 October, 1947 

7 

Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory.
"Lecture 5." 13 October 17 October, 1947 

8 

Notebook containing a carbon copy of
"Experimental Studies of the Primary Seismic Disturbance." n.d. 

9 

Calculations handwritten on large ledger sheets. 13 May 1944 

10 

Reproductions of graphs dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

11 

Carbon copies of
"Index of Field Trip `R' Data on Primary Seismic Disturbance." Sept. 1948  March 1949 

12 

Carbon copy of the plan for Party 5, Field Trip R. n.d. 

13 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

14 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

15 

Reproductions of graphs dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

16 

Photograph of a geophone with
"Mousetrap" spring mechanism. Limon and Last Chance, Colorado. n.d. 

17 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

18 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

19 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

20 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

21 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

22 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

23 

Photographic negative of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

24 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

25 

Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d. 

26 

Photographs of seismic readings. Mt. Carmel, Utah. n.d. 

27 

Photographic negatives of graphs and diagrams dealing with seismic readings at Limon and Last Chance, Colorado. n.d. 
Box 
Folder 
9 
1 

Materials from which slides were made for a paper sent to the Third World Petroleum Congress: Graphics and Diagrams. n.d. 

2 

Reproductions of graphs dealing with seismic readings. Photographic prints:
"Breakdown of observed forms into wavelet components … Last Chance 3 wavelets in complex." n.d. 

3 

Photographic negatives of graphs dealing with seismic readings.
"The Primary Seismic Disturbance in Shale." n.d. 

4 

Typewritten Table of Contents for a book on wavelets. n.d. 

5 

Correspondence regarding permission to publish. 1976 

6 

Notebook:
"Notes relative to field trip `R' to Limon and Last Chance, Colo. and to Kanab, Utah for experimental studies of primary seismic disturbance." n.d. 

7 

Section of Files entitled,
"XVI Shooting in Sand." Contains negatives and prints of charts, diagrams, and graphs. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Pages of calculations. n.d.; Diagrams marked, "Mr. Carmel Utah; Studies in Navajo S. S.; XVI"; Diagrams marked, "Enlargements of Observed forms; Mt. Carmel, Utah Site 8R3; XVI"; Diagrams marked, "8R3 Plates  surface contours  base of L.V.L. contours; and isopach of LVL. Mt. Carmel, Utah prints; XVI"; Diagrams marked, "Geologic Section Site 8R3; Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI"; Film negative marked, "Geologic Section; Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI"; Diagrams marked, "travel time; Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI"; "Cardboard Slides for talk before section meeting Mar. 2, 1950 on proposed studies in dry sand; Shooting in Sand; XVI"; Diagrams marked, "Wavelet Breadth vs. travel time; Mt. Carmel, Utah; Site 8R3"; Film negative marked, "Shooting in Sand; XVI"; Film negative marked, "Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI" 

8 

Section of Files entitled,
"XVII The Nature of Ground Roll." Contains negatives and prints of charts and diagrams. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Diagrams marked, "Curved Ray Paths and the HerglotzBateman integral; XVIII"; Three film negatives marked, "Smaller Negatives; Nature of Ground Roll; XVIII" 

9 

Section of Files entitled,
"XIX Composite Reflections." Contains prints of charts and diagrams. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Papers and maps marked, "Memorandum for File; Composite Reflection Shear Velocity Correction; XIX"; Papers marked, "Composite Reflection Theory; XIX"; Seven Film Negatives marked, "Composite Reflections; Figs. 19.10; XIX"; Film Negative marked, "Composite Reflections; Negative for Fig. 19.1; XIX" 

10 

Section of Files entitled,
"XX The Nature of the Low Velocity Layer." Contains negatives and prints of charts and diagrams. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Notes and graphs marked, "Important Envelope of Data made with Oscillatory Viscosimeter in clay, showing: α proportional to f 2 for large amplitudes; α proportional to f for small amplitudes; XXI"; Film Negative marked, "Nature of Internal Friction; plot containing points from W.P. Mason's work; XXI"; Notes and graphs marked, "Coordinated data; Internal Friction Studies; XXI"; Drawings marked, "Internal Friction Apparatus Shop Drawings; XXI"; Notes and Drawings marked, "Oscillatory Viscosimeter Shop Drawings; Internal Friction Studies; XXI"; Graphs marked, "Internal Friction Coordinated Data; XXI"; Graphs marked, "Plotted Internal Friction Data; Sand in Steel Tube; XXI" 

11 

Section of Files entitled,
"XXII The Broader Scope of the Stokes Wave Equation." Contains prints of charts and diagrams, and computer printouts. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Graphs marked, "Extrapolations to Large Distances and Large Charges."; Graphs marked, "Extrapolation to teleseismic distances and Megaton Charge Sizes; Displacement  E. P. Velocity and E. P. Acceleration vs. Travel Time. Pierre shale graphs drawn on Laws of Wavelet Propagation and extended to teleseismic distances and to charges in megaton range."; Notes marked, "IBM card programme computer."; Notes marked, "Wavelet Functions Calculated on Friden Calculator" 

12 

Section of Files entitled,
"Reflection Theory." Contains prints of diagrams and charts. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Notes marked, "Reflection and Refraction Theory."; Notes marked, "The Reflection of Seismic Wavelets; Reflections Computations Theory" 

13 

Section of Files entitled,
"Special Seismic Studies." Prints of Charts and diagrams. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Notes and graph marked, "Theory of Reflection Point Migration."; Graphs marked, "Special Studies; Numerical Distance of Form vs. Depth of Shot; Limon and Last Chance, Colo."; Graphs marked, "Early Studies; Amplitude vs. Travel Time; made with Conventional Amplifiers"; Film Negative marked, "Spectrum of Wavelet Complexes"; Graphs marked, "Travel time of Wavelet Center Experimental Data" 
Box 
Folder 
10 
1 

Correspondence and (unidentified) photographs from Sam Zimmerman. n.d. 

2 

Photographs of mathematical calculations on a blackboard. n.d 

3 

Reprint of
"How Fast Does Glass Crack?" Author unknown.
Technology Review, Nov. 1938. 

4 

Notes of
"Laws of Wavelet Propagation." n.d. 

5 

Notebook entitled,
"Set of Figures to Accompany Ten Lectures on The Wavelet Theory of Seismogram Structure." October 1947. 

6 

Spiral notebook containing handwritten lecture notes. Entitled,
"Wavelet Contraction, wavelet expansion, and the control of seismic resolution." n.d. 

7 

Spiral notebook containing handwritten lecture notes and photographs. Entitled,
"On the Form and Nature of Seismic Waves and the Structure of Seismograms." n.d. 

8 

Notebook containing typewritten lecture notes. Entitled,
"The Wavelet Theory of Seismogram Structure." Houston, TX. Oct. 1947. 

9 

Spiral notebook containing handwritten lecture notes. Entitled,
"The Form of a Seismic Disturbance Due to an Explosion," Houston, TX. Nov. 1947. 

10 

Spiral notebook, containing handwritten lecture notes and photographs. Entitled,
"On the Form and Nature of Seismic Waves and the Structure of Seismograms." n.d. 

11 

Prints of Charts and Diagrams 

12 

Photographic Print of a Graph. n.d. 

13 

Notebook containing prints, entitled,
"The Primary Seismic Disturbance." n.d. 

14 

Prints concerning wavelet theory. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Graphs marked, "Hipass Amplifiers for admore studies to see if signal level / noise level is satisfactory."; Notes marked, "Typewritten Copies of Various Reports"; Photographic Print marked, "Wavelet Theory"; Film Negatives marked, "Wavelet Theory"; Photographic Prints marked, "Miscellaneous Prints, some duplicates of figures in book"; Photographic Prints marked, "Miscellaneous Prints of minor importance"; Graphs marked, "Wavelets" 

15 

Notebook containing handwritten notes. Entitled,
"Theory of Reflection Point Migration." n.d. 
Box 
Folder 
11 
1 

Copy of a Russian academic journal containing a review of one of Ricker's articles. Moscow, 1978. 

2 

Paper entitled,
"The Reflection of the Primary Dilatational Disturbance from the Base of the Low Velocity Layer." n.d. 

3 

Prints and graphs dealing with wavelet theory. n.d. 



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Items in folder: Notes marked, "Suggestions for Future Wavelet Theory Development"; Notes marked, "Theory of Reflection Pt. Migration"; Paper and notes marked, "A Scale of Amplitudes for use in Seismic Prospecting"; Notes and graph marked, "Theory of Wavelet Contraction with a Tuned Resonant Seismograph" 

4 

Notebook containing handwritten notes. Entitled,
"The Reflection of Seismic Wavelets." n.d. 

5 

Typewritten pages of a manuscript, marked,
"Chapters 17, 18, and 19." n.d. 

6 

Notes marked,
"Miscellaneous Notes on Wavelet Theory; Paper for MAC." n.d. 

7 

Typewritten pages of a manuscript, marked,
"Chapters 17, 18, and 19. Eliminated from book." n.d. 

8 

Bound notebook containing handwritten draft of
"Wavelet Contraction and Seismic Resolving Power." n.d. 

9 

Contract with Dutch publisher, 16 July 1976. 

10 

Prints of charts and diagrams, marked
"Figures removed from manuscript chapters 17, 18, 19." n.d. 

11 

Handwritten outlines for a book entitled,
"The Propagation of Transient Elastic Disturbances in Solid Bodies and in Granular Media." n.d. 

12 

Memoranda and notes concerning wavelet functions. 19 August 1953. 

13 

Recording of lecture entitled,
"Wavelet Contraction, Wavelet Expansion, and the Control of Seismic Resolution." Presented before Geophysical Society of Tulsa, Midwestern Regional Meeting of S. E. G. at Ft. Worth, and before the annual convention of S. E. G. at Houston, 25 March 1953. 

14 

Notes entitled,
"Research Plans." August 1946. 

15 

Photographic negative of seismic graphs. n.d. 

16 

Graphs entitled,
"Normal Gravity Anomalies of the earth." n.d. 

17 

Prints and negatives of diagrams, charts, graphs and calculations concerning seismic research. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Graphs marked, "Peaked Amplifier with nonlinear phase characteristic"; Graphs marked, "Wavelet Contractor Circuit"; Notes marked, "Computation of Output Wavelet Forms; General Instructions for Procedure"; Graphs marked, "Final Completed Output Curves for making tracing"; Charts marked, "Type K Amplifier Preliminary Computations; Also Preliminary General Computations"; Charts marked, "Output disturbances from K4 Amplifiers  Oscillograms"; Charts and graphs marked, "K Amplifier Selected final data"; Prints marked, "Response of Flat Top and K4 Amplifiers"; Photographic negatives marked, "Response of Amplifiers to Wavelet Input" 
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12 
1 

Prints and negatives of diagrams, charts, graphs and calculations concerning seismic research. n.d. 



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Items in folder: Graphs and charts marked, "L Amplifier"; Prints marked, "Sine and Cosine Curves to be integrated in computation of Output forms. Flat Top Ampl."; Unmarked charts.; Unmarked charts.; Unmarked charts. 

2 

Notes entitled,
"Chronological record of attempts to promote activity with continuous elastic wave prospecting." n.d. 

3 

Notes and charts entitled,
"Shear Wave Studies at Last Chance and Limon." n.d. 

4 

Unmarked charts. 

5 

Notes entitled,
"Memo: Plans for Fundamental Seismic Studies; `A Scale of Amplitudes for Use in Seismic Prospecting.'" N.d. 

6 

Notebook containing typed correspondence and handwritten notes. Entitled,
"Trip to Dupont, Hercules, and M. 1. T.: Data on Effect of Explosives on Surrounding Media and Photography of Cracks and Waves." n.d. 

7 

Printed programs of the
"Third World Petroleum Congress." The Hague, 1951. 

8 

Copy of typewritten paper entitled,
"The Theory of Wavelet Contraction." n.d. 

9 

"Miscellaneous Negatives." n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Photographic Negatives marked, "Miscellaneous Smaller Negatives"; Photographic Negatives marked, "Small Negatives" 

10 

Notes and graphs marked,
"Early Computations; The Nature of the Shot Pulse (Development about the Shot Point.)" n.d. 
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13 
1 

Series of prints entitled,
"WaveletForm Functions." n.d. 



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Items in folder: Maps marked, "Fig. 1"; Maps marked, "Figs. 23"; Charts marked, "Figs. 45"; Charts marked, "Figs. 6789"; Prints marked, "Fig. 10"; Prints marked, "Fig. 11"; Prints marked, "Fig. 12"; Prints marked, "Fig. 13"; Prints marked, "Fig. 14"; Charts marked, "Figs. 1516"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 1718"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 19"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 2021"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 22"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 23"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 24"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 25262728"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 29"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 30"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 31"; Maps marked, "Figs. 323334"; Charts marked, "Fig. 35"; Prints marked, "Fig. 36"; Prints marked, "Fig. 37"; Charts marked, "Figs. 3839"; Charts marked, "Figs. 4041"; Charts marked, "Fig. 42"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 43"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 44"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 45"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 46"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 48"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 49"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 50"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 5152"; Maps marked, "Figs. 5354"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 55"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 56"; Maps marked, "Figs. 57585960"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 61"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 626364"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 6566"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 6768"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 6970"; Graphs marked, "Figs. 7172"; Graphs marked, "Fig. 73" 

2 

Series of prints entitled,
"NonRelevant or Leftovers." n.d. 

3 

Notebook containing patent for
"Frequency Standards Vibrating Bars," 23 June 1925. 

4 

Typewritten paper entitled
"The Birth of the Paper Cone Loudspeaker." n.d. 

5 

Reprints of published article by H. W. Fletcher entitled,
"Plunger Lift Makes Flowing Wells Out of Pumpers." The Oil Weekly, 29 January 1932. 

6 

Material dealing with patents for inventions developed by Ricker. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Original patent documents for numbers 1934447, 1960027, 1960028, 2089983; Copies of patent documents for numbers 2921525 and 2089983; Copies of patent documents marked, "Plunger Lift," for numbers 1769637, 1844074, 1909119, 1919529, 1836877, 1815364, 1836872, 1784110, 1932479, 1836871, 1836874, 1905058, 1884245, 1836875, 1922396, 1836876, 1836873; Copies of patent documents marked, "Electromagnetic Prospecting," for numbers 1859009, 1934447, 1960027, 1960028; Folder containing copies of patent documents marked, "Seismic," for numbers 1451080 and 1599538; Copies of patent documents marked, "Seismic Prospecting," for numbers 2588291, 2351456, 2354548, 1625625; Copies of patent documents marked, "Secondary Standards of Frequency," for number 1543124; Copies of patent documents marked, "Paper Cone Loudspeaker," for number 1859892 

7 

Photographs showing the Mine Advisory Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, c. 1950s. 

8 

Photographs showing the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1957. 

9 

Notebook containing blueprints. Entitled,
"Production of Harmonics; Development of Type `G' Carrier Telephone." 22 August 1921 
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1 

Notebook containing typed memoranda and blueprints. Entitled,
"Large FreeRigged Diaphogus of DoubleConical Structure for use as loud speakers." 1922. 

2 

Small notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled,
"Undamped Periodic Elastic Waves; Early notes from old LEFAX notebook." n.d. 

3 

Correspondence regarding
"The Bell Telephone `Colloquium.'" Includes
"Report on first year, 191920; Constitution of the Colloquium. Letter to Norman Ricker, inviting him to become a member, from the secretary, Karl K. Darrow." November 12, 1921. 

4 

Photographs of an early model of the Portable Cathode Ray Oscilloscope. 1922. 

5 

Chart of Western Electric Company Engineering Department. 1922. 

6 

Letter from J. W. Horton to Ricker, 5 May 1927. 

7 

Photographs of Unidentified Machinery. 

8 

Notebook containing memoranda and notes. Entitled,
"Ricker vs. Hibacsko; Interference 59,575: Cone Loud Speaker Development." 1930. 

9 

Notebook containing a published article, Ricker et. al.,
"Frequency Measurement in Electrical Communication," as well as photographs. c.1923. 

10 

Notebook containing handcharted graphs. Entitled,
"Oroginal [sic] Curves of Work on Modulations." 1919 

11 

Notebook containing memoranda and blueprints. Entitled,
"Memoranda (Technical)." 1921. 

12 

Notebook containing memoranda and blueprints. Entitled,
"Frequency Standards." 1921. 

13 

Notebook containing report, photographs, and blueprints. Entitled,
"Frequency Measurement in Electrical Communication." 1923. 

14 

Photographs and graphs entitled,
"The Plunger Lift Development (for the Hughes Tool Co.)" n.d. 

15 

Notebook containing correspondence between Ricker and the Mexican Sinclair Petroleum Corporation, Jan. 1927Dec. 1927. 

16 

Notebook containing
"Torsoin Balance, Surveys." c.1920s. 

17 

Notebook containing typed report. Entitled,
"Rough Draft of a Report on Development of Electromagnetic Method of Locating Buried Petroleum Deposits." Dec. 8, 1927. 

18 

Copies of patent documents marked,
"Electromagnetic Prospecting," containing numbers 1803405, 1934447, 1960027, 1960028, and 1859005 

19 

Notebook containing correspondence and graphs. Entitled,
"Seismic Survey, John Jackson Ranch, Chambers County, Texas; Report on First Seismic: Survey made by Humble Oil and Refining Company," 1925. 

20 

Notebook containing reports and graphs. Entitled,
"Amplifier Output Forms." c.1945. 
Box 
Folder 
15 
1 

Calendar of Research Projects. c.1920s. 

2 

Reprints  Ricker's dissertation, and a coauthored paper, 19161923. 

3 

Rough draft of a paper,
"The Stokes Wave Equation Has Written Into It the Interchange of Energy Between Particles." n.d. 

4 

Five copies of typewritten paper entitled,
"May the Stokes Wave Equation be Universal?" n.d. 

5 

Two copies of typewritten paper entitled,
"The Role of Education in This Changing World." 1966. 

6 

Typewritten paper entitled,
"Stokes Wave Equation and the Propagation of a Plane Wave of Sound in a Simple Gas." n.d. 

7 

Correspondence concerning requests for reprints. c.19541965. 

8 

List entitled,
"Bibliographic list of published papers of Norman Ricker." n.d. 

9 

Typewritten manuscript entitled,
"Composite Reflections," with photographic prints. January, 1950. 

10 

Handwritten draft of
"Wavelet Propagation in Granular Media." n.d. 
Box 
Folder 
16 
1 

Many years of appointment calendars with inscriptions. General Physical Description note (3 folders) 

2 

Small notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled,
"Wavelet Theory: Miscellaneous Formulae, and Tables." n.d. 

3 

Notebook containing memoranda, prints, and graphs. Entitled,
"Punch Tests, of Dupont EL 406 as Compared with Dupont Hi Vel Dynamite." 4 December 1946. 

4 

Paper entitled,
"Present Developments Arising from the Wavelet Theory." Correspondence regarding reprints. 1945. 

5 

Prints, regarding Wavelet Theory. n.d. 
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Folder 
17 
1 

Reprints of papers by Ricker. Marked,
"Most of these are very scarce and some are unavailable." 
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Series III: Wavelet Theory of Seismography 

Scope and Contents note 

Predominately notes, calculations, photographic negatives of figures, and text of Ricker's book. 
Box 
Folder 
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2 

Notebook containing memoranda and graphs. Entitled,
"EL406 vs. duPont H. V. `Punch Tests.'" 

3 

Copies of report, with memoranda, prints, and graphs. Entitled,
"Seismic Punch Tests of E. L. 406." 1946. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Graphs and memoranda marked, "Data aclative to seismic `punch' tests of duPont explosive E. L. 406 at Woodward, Okla., Nov. 56, 1946." 

4 

Notebook containing correspondence and paper. Entitled,
"Wavelet Contraction, Wavelet Expansion and the Control of Seismic Resolution." c.1953. 

5 

Prints, notes, and calculations dealing with wavelet theory. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Photographic negatives marked, "General Wavelet Theory."; Prints marked, "Wavelet Breadth vs. Propagation Time for Shale."; Photographic negatives.; Prints marked, "Photographic Reproductions of Drawings; Old and Obsolete"; "File Index"; Graphs and calculations.; Print marked, "1939 Limon Colo.; Print of Seismogram"; Graphs marked, "Calculations"; Paper and prints marked, "Chapter 1: Historical Introduction"; Prints marked, "Chapter 2: The Nature of Seismograms"; Graphs marked, "Historical"; Graphs marked, "Complete Absorption Spectrum for a Viscous Earth"; Film negative marked, "Wavelet Theory General"; Graph marked, "Chapter 3: The Equation of Wave Propagation for an Elastic Medium with Viscous Absorption"; Film negative; Section of files entitled, "V: Wavelet Functions and Their Polynomials" Prints entitled, "Wavelet Functions"; Prints entitled, "Wavelet Functions"; Graphs and calculations marked, "Original Studies: Wavelet Functions and Wavelet Form Functions, Including Tabulation"; Charts marked, "Early Computation of Wavelet Functions"; Charts marked, "Basic Wavelet Functions"; Notebook containing plotted graphs. Entitled, "Wavelet Functions"; Chart marked "Derivation of Recurrence Formula for Wavelet Function"; Film negative marked, "Wavelet Functions all on one Sheet; Best!"; Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Functions"; Charts marked, "Wavelet Functions compiled by Betty Armstrong; There are many errors in these computations"; Typed calculations marked, "Chapter 4: Wavelet Functions and their Polynomials" 
Box 
Folder 
18 
1 

Prints, Notes, and calculations dealing with wavelet theory. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Series of files marked, "Wavelet Form Functions and the Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." Includes film negatives and charts. n.d.; Prints and negatives marked, "Obsolete."; Stencils for Wavelet forms.; Prints marked, "Chapter V: Wavelet Form Functions and the Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets."; Series of files marked, "VI: VeryNearShot Wavelet Forms and the Nature of the Shot Pulse." Includes graphs marked, "Computation of VeryNearShot Forms by Graphical Integration."; Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Propagation."; Film overlays marked, "Near Shot Forms."; Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Form Functions; Step function & spike function excitation."; Prints marked, "Peak Amplitudes  Very Near Shot"; Film negatives marked, "VeryNearShot Wavelet Forms"; Prints marked, "Displacement form; old."; Prints marked, "Velocity form"; Charts and graph marked, "Integration of Displacement form"; Notebook containing graphs and prints. Entitled, "The Nature of the ShotPulse"; Prints marked, "Chapter VI: Very near shot wavelet forms and the true nature of the shot pulse."; Series of files marked, "VII: Seismic Ray Paths." Includes notes and graphs marked, "Earth with uniform velocity gradient."; Series of files marked, "VIII: Some Characteristics of Seismic Disturbances." Includes graphs and prints.; Film negatives marked, "Seismic First Motion."; Prints, graphs, and overlays marked, "Seismic First Motion."; "An original Seismogram: Minden, Louisiana."; Series of files marked, "IX: Wavelet Complexes and Seismic Resolving Power." Includes film negatives and graphs.; Prints,; Graphs marked, "Original Plotted Data; TwoWavelet Complex"; Charts of data.; Graphs and charts marked, "The Wavelet Complex"; Graphs marked, "Synthetic Wavelet Complexes; Calculations and Curves"; Graphs marked, "Wavelet Complex Computations"; Graphs and charts marked, "TwoWavelet complex"; Notebook containing graphs. Entitled, "The Wavelet Complex"; Notebook containing graphs. Entitled, "Gibson Zone Wavelet Complex. Katie Area, Oklahoma"; Notebook containing calculations. Entitled, "Formulae from Wavelet Theory; Appendix C"; Graphs and charts marked, "Two Wavelet Complex"; Prints.; Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Complexes"; Prints and positive film overlays marked, "Wavelet Complexes" 
Box 
Folder 
19 
1 

Prints, notes, and calculations dealing with wavelet theory. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Series of files marked, "X: Distortionless Wavelet Transmission." Includes prints and calculations.; Report marked, "Theory of Wavelet Contraction"; Prints marked, "Spectrum of Seismic Wavelet"; Prints marked, "How W. C. Characteristic Contracts Wavelet by Modifying Spectrum"; Film negatives marked, "WaveletSpectra"; Graph and calculations marked, "Spectrum of a Wavelet"; Prints marked, "Chapter X: Wavelet Spectrum and the Requirements for Distortionless Wavelet Transmission"; Series of files marked, "XI: The Seismograph." Includes notes.; Prints and charts marked, "Seismograph and Galvanometer"; Film negatives marked, "Seismograph and galvanometer response curves"; Graphs and computations marked, "Response of a Seismograph to Impressed Wavelet form; Harmonic Function Approach (Superceded by Wavelet Function Approach)"; Prints and graphs marked, "seismograph response curves"; Series of files marked, "XII: The Galvanometer." Includes prints and graph.; Charts marked, "Galvanometer Response to True Wavelet Input"; Film negatives marked, "Galvanometer Response, halftone"; Prints and graphs marked, "Galvanometer Response Characteristics"; Prints marked, "Oscillograms of Galvanometer Output forms for True Wavelet Inputs"; Series of files marked, "XIII: Laboratory Studies of Wavelet Contraction." Includes originals and stencils for wavelet generator.; Film negative marked, "Wavelet Contractor Circuit"; Graphs marked, "Resolution of Wavelet Complex by Wavelet Contraction"; Prints marked, "Laboratory Studies of W. C. Prints"; Notebook containing handwritten notes and prints. Entitled, "Data from Wavelet Contraction Notebook."; Charts marked, "Wavelet Contraction Frequency Allocations"; Handwritten notes marked, "Laboratory Studies of Wavelet Contraction and Seismic Resolution"; Series of files marked, "XIV: Field Studies with the Wavelet Contractor." Includes prints and notes marked, "Comparison of Wavelet Contractor Seismogram with Conventional Seismogram. El Reno, Okla."; Print marked, "Experimental Time Delays; W. C. Amplifiers"; Charts marked, "Wavelet Breadth"; Prints marked, "Resolution Wavelet Complex; Switch Positions 24 to 17"; Prints marked, "Delay Time Wavelet Contractor"; Charts marked, "Wavelet Contractor Type E Time delay Observations"; Prints marked, "Calculated Out Forms for Wavelet Input of Arbitrary W. C. Characteristics"; Print marked, "Allocation of Frequencies to W. C. Switch Positions"; Prints marked, "Ground Roll Suppression  Contraction Ratio"; Notes, both typed and handwritten, marked, "Wavelet Contractor Operating Truck and Equipment; Specifications and Ideas"; Typed notes related to "Wavelet Contractor Conference: Sept. 30, 1947"; Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Contractor"; Prints marked, "Original W. C. Oscillograms from which slides were made"; Charts marked, "Contours drawn on transition frequency"; Series of files marked, "XV: Experimental Studies of the Primary Seismic Disturbance." Includes notes and graphs marked, "Amplitude vs. Charge Size"; Charts marked, "Breadth Squared and Transition  Frequency Contours in Section Limon and Last Chance, Colo."; Charts marked, "Original Data"; Charts marked, "Wave Surface; Limon and Last Chance, Colo."; Prints marked, "Wavelet Spectra  Comparison Observed with Ideal; Limon, Colo."; Prints marked, "All Primary Forms; Last Chance, Colo."; Charts marked, "Primary Forms; Limon, Colo."; Charts marked, "Variation of Form; Limon, Colo."; Prints marked, "Photos of Specimen Seismograms; Limon, Colo."; Prints marked, "Seismic First Motion"; Film negative marked, "Nine Primary Forms at Limon, Colo."; Film negatives marked, "WaveletBreadth vs. Travel Time; Refinery Residue Wax."; Drawings on tracing cloth marked, "Seismic Punch vs. Shot Depth; Limon and Last Chance, Colo." 
Box 
Folder 
20 
1 

Notebook containing reprints and handwritten calculations. Entitled,
"Wavelet Theory Formulae." c.1960. 

2 

Notebook containing reprint of Harold Jeffreys',
"Damping in Bodily Seismic Waves." 1931. 

3 

Series marked,
"Smaller Negatives." Concerning wavelet theory. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: "IV: Wavelet Functions and their Polynomials"; "V: Wavelet Form Functions"; "VI: Very Near Shot Wavelet Forms; Nature of the Shot Pulse"; "II: The Nature of Seismograms"; "VIII: Some Characteristics of Seismic Disturbances"; "IX: Wavelet Complexes and Seismic Resolving Power"; "X: Distortion Wavelet Transmission"; "XI: The Seismograph"; "XII: The Galvanometer"; "XIII: Laboratory Studies of Wavelet Contraction"; "XIV: Field Studies with the Wavelet Contractor"; "XIV: Figures Used in Book"; "XV: Experimental Studies of the Primary Seismic Disturbance"; "XVI: Shooting in Sand"; "XXI: Nature of Internal Friction" 

4 

Pages marked,
"Sheets from Notebook on Wavelet Function" 

5 

Graphs marked,
"Miscellaneous" 

6 

Handwritten notes marked,
"Wavelet Theory; General Programme" 

7 

Handwritten notes marked,
"Misc. Papers" 

8 

Collection of script fonts. 

9 

Memoranda and paper entitled,
"The Form of the Seismic Disturbance due to an Explosion.""Delivered before the 281st meeting of The American Physical Society, held at The Rice Institute  Houston, Texas, Nov. 2829, 1947." 

10 

Typewritten paper entitled,
"The form and Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." Marked,
"12th Copy." n.d. 

11 

Letters of Introduction marked,
"RoundtheWorld Trip" 

12 

Correspondence marked
"Professor Hajime Narumi and Y. Takesada; Kyoto; Hiroshima; Tokyo." 19641976. 

13 

Bound notebook containing a handwritten list. Entitled,
"Bibliography." 29 July 1946. 

14 

Notebooks containing Wavelet Theory. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Symbols used in Wavelet Theory"; Notebook containing handwritten calculations and graphs. Entitled, "Wavelet Theory Applied to Black Body Radiation"; Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "The Possible Connection between the Wavelet Theory of Seismogram Structure and Wave Mechanics"; Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Formulae and Symbols" 
Box 
Folder 
21 
1 

Notebook containing reprints, handwritten calculations, and graphs. Entitled,
"Wavelet Forms (Spherical Wave Surfaces)." n.d. 

2 

Notebook containing prints of graphs. Entitled,
"Geophone Response to Wavelets." 1946. 

3 

Two notebooks entitled,
"Galvanometer Response," n.d. 



General Note 



items in folder: Containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Theoretical"; Containing prints of graphs. Entitled, "Experimental" 

4 

Prints of graphs and charts, entitled,
"End of Chapter XV." n.d. 

5 

"Miscellaneous prints," n.d. 

6 

Two notebooks containing notes on wavelet theory. n.d. 



General Note 



Items in folder: Containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Formulae Wavelet Theory"; Containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Wavelet Functions Formulae" 

7 

Notebook containing prints and handwritten calculations. Entitled,
"Theoretical and Experimental Seismograph Research." n.d. 

8 

Typewritten paper, graphs, and calculations. Marked,
"Spoiled Work in Xerox Copying" 

9 

"First 12 Chapters of
Seismic Wavelets, Xerox Copy." n.d. 

10 

Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled,
"Notes on the Attenuation of Sound Waves through Rayleigh Scattering." n.d. 

11 

Notebook containing a handwritten bibliography. Entitled,
"Absorption and Scattering." n.d. 
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Series IV: Artifacts and Ephemera 

Scope and Contents note 

Containing the bound copy of Vol. 1 of The Autobiography of Norman Hurd Ricker, several photograph albums, boxes of glass slides, and scientific equipment. 

Note that one item in box 24 and all items in box 25 were deaccessioned in August 2009. The remaining items in box 24 were incorporated into box 23. 
Box 
Folder 
22 
1 

Two artifacts 



General Note 



Items in folder: Headphones; Unidentified machinery 
Box 
Folder 
23 
1 

Bound copy of Vol. 1 of "The Autobiography of Norman Hurd Ricker." Marked as Ricker's personal copy. 

2 

Photograph album marked, "West Texas." 

3 

Photograph album marked, Seismic Exploration 

4 

Photograph album marked, Plunger Lift 

5 

Photograph album marked, The Rice Institute 

6 

Unmarked photograph album containing [Rice?] institute shots. 

7 

Notebook including typewritten speech and sequence of graphs and charts, corresponding to numbered slides. Entitled, Slides: Notes and Formulae. n.d. 



Arrangement note 



This item [Notebook including typewritten speech, etc.] was formerly in box 24. Box 24 has been removed and the items have been incorporated into box 23 or deaccessioned. 

8 

Small plastic Kodak box containing photographic slides of graphs and of McDonald Observatory, Mt. Locke, Texas. n.d. 



Arrangement 



This item [Small plastic Kodak box, etc.] was formerly in box 24. Box 24 has been removed and the items have been incorporated into box 23 or deaccessioned. 

9 

Cardboard box containing glass slides in metal mounts. Marked, Early days at Rice. World War I Air Service Photos. Florence Ricker's Wedding. circa 1920s, undated 



Arrangement 



This item [Cardboard box containing glass slides, etc.] was formerly in box 24. Box 24 has been removed and the items have been incorporated into box 23 or deaccessioned. 
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