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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

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Norman Hurd Ricker Papers, 1916-1978, bulk 1922-1965



Creator: Ricker, Norman Hurd, 1896-1980.
Title: Norman Hurd Ricker Papers,
Dates: 1916-1978
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
Extent: 12 linear feet
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Norman Hurd Ricker (1896-1980) 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 (1920-1923), and later at Humble Oil Refining Company (1923-1927), Hughes Tool Company (1927-1938), and Carter Oil Company (1938-1959). 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 (1959-1980). 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 Visco-Elastic Media. See Sallyport, April 1978.

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Scope and Contents

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.
Series I. Bound and looseleaf notebooks.
Series II. Calculations.
Series III. Wavelet Theory of Seismography.
Series IV. Artifacts and Ephemera.

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Restrictions

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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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Carter Oil. Jersey Production Research Center.
Hughes Tool Company.
Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Texas)
Western Electric Company.
University of Oklahoma-Faculty.
Subjects
Loudspeakers.
Pumping machinery-Technological innovations.
Seismic prospecting.
Waves.
Wet wells (Hydraulic engineering).
Formats
Notes
Graphs
Lecture notes
Photographs
Correspondence

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

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.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Looseleaf and Bound Notebooks

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.1944-1945
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 7 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.
8 Notebook containing onionskin carbon copies of the first 100 pages of vol. I of the Autobiography of Norman Hurd Ricker. n.d.
9 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.1964-1971.
10 Notebook containing a rough draft of "Seismic Wavelets: Being an Account of the Propagation of Transient Disturbances in Visco-Elastic Media." n.d.
Box Folder
3 11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 Notebook containing a hand-drawn map of Vietnam, some news-clippings, and Ricker's notes on how tunnels used by the Viet Cong could be located by means of geophysical prospecting methods.
15 Bound notebook containing notes from a seminar, "Wave Propagation and Energy Dissipation." Norman, OK. Sept. 1963.
16 Typewritten copy of a paper by Francis A. Collins and C. C. Lee entitled, "Seismic Wave Attenuation Characteristics from Pulse Experiments." n.d.
17 Bound handwritten draft of "An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of the Earthwaves Geophysical Prospecting Method." c.1966.
18 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 19 Looseleaf notebooks of reviews and correspondence regarding Transient Waves in Visco-Elastic Media. c.1977.
20 Looseleaf notebook containing notes on the Interchange of Energy Between Particles as Described by the Stokes Wave Equation.
21 Looseleaf notebook containing notes and graphs concerning wavelet theory.
Box Folder
5 22 Looseleaf notebook containing notes, graphs, and calculations concerning wavelet theory.
23 Reprint from the proceedings of the Third World Petroleum Congress: "The Form and Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." 1951.
24 Reprint of "A Rational Approach to the Design of Electrical Filters and of Shot-Hole and Geophone Patterns in Seismic Reflection Prospecting," by F. Muir and F. W. Hales. n.d.
25 Published programs for the Semicentennial and Academic Festival of Rice University. Also, program for the International Conference on Fast Neutron Physics, 10-12 October 1962.26-28 Feb. 1963.
26 Bound correspondence regarding "The Form and Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." c.1951-1953.
27 Handwritten rough draft of "Notes on Gravitation." n.d.
28 Collection of News Report of the National Academy of Sciences, (vol. VX, no. 1) - (vol. XVIII, no. 2). Jan. 1965Feb. 1968
29 Published book: Ultrasonic Imaging. Ed. R. Stuart Mackay. National Academy of Sciences, 1964.
30 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 31 Bound notebook. Entitled, "Propagation of a Plane Sound Wave in a Simple Gas." n.d.
32 Handwritten rough draft of the first part of the Autobiography of Norman Ricker (covering the period of his life prior to ). July 1924n.d.
33 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.
34 Bound notebook. Entitled, "Broad Field of Application of the Stokes Wave Equation." Sept. 1960.
35 Bound notebook containing rough draft of, "May the Stokes Wave Equation Be Universal?" n.d.
36 Bound notebook containing rough draft of, "May the Stokes Wave Equation Be Universal?" n.d.
37 Bound copy of the handwritten rough draft of, "An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of the Earthwaves Geophysical Prospecting Method." n.d.
38 Bound notebook entitled, "A Ring Vortex Theory of Matter and Radiation." n.d.
Box Folder
7 39 Bound notebook entitled, "Research Notebook `B.'" 28 Dec. 1928 - 8 Dec. 1936.
40 Bound notebook containing calculations and graphs. Entitled, "Notebook of Mathematical Research."
41 Notebook containing prints of graphs regarding Wavelet Functions. n.d.
42 Notebook containing prints of graphs regarding Wavelet Functions. n.d.
43 Leaflet about Ricker's book, "Transient Waves in Visco-Elastic Media."
44 Nine reprints of articles by N. Ricker from to 19411953.
45 Bound notebook containing reprints of articles published by N. Ricker from to [All contained in #44] 19411953.
46 Bound notebook containing reprints of articles published by N. Ricker from to [Some contained in #44] 19161953.

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Series II: Calculations

Notes for papers and lectures, seismic diagrams, correspondence and memoranda, and patents.
Box Folder
8 47 Bound notebook containing tabulations. Entitled, "Wavelet Functions and Wavelet-Form Functions." Tulsa, OK. n.d.
48 Notebook diary during the Distinguished Lecture Tour of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 22 November 1953 - 20 January 1954.
49 Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory. "Lecture 1." 13 October17 October, 1947,
50 Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory. "Lecture 2." 13 October17 October, 1947,
51 Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory. "Lecture 3." 13 October17 October, 1947,
52 Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory. "Lecture 4." 13 October17 October, 1947,
53 Handwritten notes for lecture given at Humble Oil laboratories. One of several given between and on Wavelet Theory. "Lecture 5." 13 October17 October, 1947,
54 Notebook containing a carbon copy of "Experimental Studies of the Primary Seismic Disturbance." n.d.
55 Calculations handwritten on large ledger sheets. 13 May 1944.
56 Reproductions of graphs dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
57 Carbon copies of "Index of Field Trip `R' Data on Primary Seismic Disturbance." Sept. 1948 - March 1949.
58 Carbon copy of the plan for Party 5, Field Trip R. n.d.
59 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
60 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
61 Reproductions of graphs dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
62 Photograph of a geophone with "Mousetrap" spring mechanism. Limon and Last Chance, Colorado. n.d.
63 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
64 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
65 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
66 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
67 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
68 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
69 Photographic negative of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
70 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
71 Reproductions of diagrams dealing with seismic readings. n.d.
72 Photographs of seismic readings. Mt. Carmel, Utah. n.d.
73 Photographic negatives of graphs and diagrams dealing with seismic readings at Limon and Last Chance, Colorado.
Box Folder
9 74 Materials from which slides were made for a paper sent to the Third World Petroleum Congress: Graphics and Diagrams. n.d.
75 Reproductions of graphs dealing with seismic readings. Photographic prints: "Breakdown of observed forms into wavelet components … Last Chance 3 wavelets in complex." n.d.
76 Photographic negatives of graphs dealing with seismic readings. "The Primary Seismic Disturbance in Shale." n.d.
77 Typewritten Table of Contents for a book on wavelets. n.d.
78 Correspondence regarding permission to publish. 1976.
79 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.
80 Section of Files entitled, "XVI Shooting in Sand." Contains negatives and prints of charts, diagrams, and graphs. n.d.
80 80.1
Pages of calculations. n.d.
80 80.2
Diagrams marked, "Mr. Carmel Utah; Studies in Navajo S. S.; XVI"
80 80.3
Diagrams marked, "Enlargements of Observed forms; Mt. Carmel, Utah Site 8R3; XVI"
80 80.4
Diagrams marked, "8R3 Plates - surface contours - base of L.V.L. contours; and isopach of LVL. Mt. Carmel, Utah prints; XVI"
80 80.5
Diagrams marked, "Geologic Section Site 8R3; Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI"
80 80.6
Film negative marked, "Geologic Section; Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI"
80 80.7
Diagrams marked, "travel time; Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI"
80 80.8
"Cardboard Slides for talk before section meeting Mar. 2, 1950 on proposed studies in dry sand; Shooting in Sand; XVI"
80 80.9
Diagrams marked, "Wavelet Breadth vs. travel time; Mt. Carmel, Utah; Site 8R3"
80 80.10
Film negative marked, "Shooting in Sand; XVI"
80 80.11
Film negative marked, "Mr. Carmel, Utah; XVI"
81 Section of Files entitled, "XVII The Nature of Ground Roll." Contains negatives and prints of charts and diagrams. n.d.
81 81.1
Diagrams marked, "Curved Ray Paths and the Herglotz-Bateman integral; XVIII"
81 81.2
Three film negatives marked, "Smaller Negatives; Nature of Ground Roll; XVIII"
82 Section of Files entitled, "XIX Composite Reflections." Contains prints of charts and diagrams. n.d.
82 82.1
Papers and maps marked, "Memorandum for File; Composite Reflection Shear Velocity Correction; XIX"
82 82.2
Papers marked, "Composite Reflection Theory; XIX"
82 82.3
Seven Film Negatives marked, "Composite Reflections; Figs. 19.10; XIX"
82 82.4
Film Negative marked, "Composite Reflections; Negative for Fig. 19.1; XIX"
83 Section of Files entitled, "XX The Nature of the Low Velocity Layer." Contains negatives and prints of charts and diagrams. n.d.
83 83.1
Notes and graphs marked, "Important Envelope of Data made with Oscillatory Viscosimeter in clay, showing: α proportional to f2 for large amplitudes; α proportional to f for small amplitudes; XXI"
83 83.2
Film Negative marked, "Nature of Internal Friction; plot containing points from W.P. Mason's work; XXI"
83 83.3
Notes and graphs marked, "Coordinated data; Internal Friction Studies; XXI"
83 83.4
Drawings marked, "Internal Friction Apparatus Shop Drawings; XXI"
83 83.5
Notes and Drawings marked, "Oscillatory Viscosimeter Shop Drawings; Internal Friction Studies; XXI"
83 83.6
Graphs marked, "Internal Friction Coordinated Data; XXI"
83 83.7
Graphs marked, "Plotted Internal Friction Data; Sand in Steel Tube; XXI"
84 Section of Files entitled, "XXII The Broader Scope of the Stokes Wave Equation." Contains prints of charts and diagrams, and computer printouts. n.d.
84 84.1
Graphs marked, "Extrapolations to Large Distances and Large Charges."
84 84.2
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."
84 84.3
Notes marked, "IBM card programme computer."
84 84.4
Notes marked, "Wavelet Functions Calculated on Friden Calculator"
85 Section of Files entitled, "Reflection Theory." Contains prints of diagrams and charts. n.d.
85 85.1
Notes marked, "Reflection and Refraction Theory."
85 85.2
Notes marked, "The Reflection of Seismic Wavelets; Reflections Computations Theory"
86 Section of Files entitled, "Special Seismic Studies." Prints of Charts and diagrams. n.d.
86 86.1
Notes and graph marked, "Theory of Reflection Point Migration."
86 86.2
Graphs marked, "Special Studies; Numerical Distance of Form vs. Depth of Shot; Limon and Last Chance, Colo."
86 86.3
Graphs marked, "Early Studies; Amplitude vs. Travel Time; made with Conventional Amplifiers"
86 86.4
Film Negative marked, "Spectrum of Wavelet Complexes"
86 86.5
Graphs marked, "Travel time of Wavelet Center Experimental Data"
Box Folder
10 87 Correspondence and (unidentified) photographs from Sam Zimmerman. n.d.
88 Photographs of mathematical calculations on a blackboard. n.d
89 Reprint of "How Fast Does Glass Crack?" Author unknown. Technology Review, Nov. 1938.
90 Notes of "Laws of Wavelet Propagation." n.d.
91 Notebook entitled, "Set of Figures to Accompany Ten Lectures on The Wavelet Theory of Seismogram Structure." October 1947.
92 Spiral notebook containing handwritten lecture notes. Entitled, "Wavelet Contraction, wavelet expansion, and the control of seismic resolution." n.d.
93 Spiral notebook containing handwritten lecture notes and photographs. Entitled, "On the Form and Nature of Seismic Waves and the Structure of Seismograms." n.d.
94 Notebook containing typewritten lecture notes. Entitled, "The Wavelet Theory of Seismogram Structure." Houston, TX. Oct. 1947.
95 Spiral notebook containing handwritten lecture notes. Entitled, "The Form of a Seismic Disturbance Due to an Explosion," Houston, TX. Nov. 1947.
96 Spiral notebook, containing handwritten lecture notes and photographs. Entitled, "On the Form and Nature of Seismic Waves and the Structure of Seismograms." n.d.
97 Prints of Charts and Diagrams
98 Photographic Print of a Graph. n.d.
99 Notebook containing prints, entitled, "The Primary Seismic Disturbance." n.d.
100 Prints concerning wavelet theory. n.d.
100 100.1
Graphs marked, "Hi-pass Amplifiers for admore studies to see if signal level / noise level is satisfactory."
100 100.2
Notes marked, "Typewritten Copies of Various Reports"
100 100.3
Photographic Print marked, "Wavelet Theory"
100 100.4
Film Negatives marked, "Wavelet Theory"
100 100.5
Photographic Prints marked, "Miscellaneous Prints, some duplicates of figures in book"
100 100.6
Photographic Prints marked, "Miscellaneous Prints of minor importance"
100 100.7
Graphs marked, "Wavelets"
101 Notebook containing handwritten notes. Entitled, "Theory of Reflection Point Migration." n.d.
Box Folder
11 102 Copy of a Russian academic journal containing a review of one of Ricker's articles. Moscow, 1978.
103 Paper entitled, "The Reflection of the Primary Dilatational Disturbance from the Base of the Low Velocity Layer." n.d.
104 Prints and graphs dealing with wavelet theory. n.d.
104 104.1
Notes marked, "Suggestions for Future Wavelet Theory Development"
104 104.2
Notes marked, "Theory of Reflection Pt. Migration"
104 104.3
Paper and notes marked, "A Scale of Amplitudes for use in Seismic Prospecting"
104 104.4
Notes and graph marked, "Theory of Wavelet Contraction with a Tuned Resonant Seismograph"
105 Notebook containing handwritten notes. Entitled, "The Reflection of Seismic Wavelets." n.d.
106 Typewritten pages of a manuscript, marked, "Chapters 17, 18, and 19." n.d.
107 Notes marked, "Miscellaneous Notes on Wavelet Theory; Paper for MAC." n.d.
108 Typewritten pages of a manuscript, marked, "Chapters 17, 18, and 19. Eliminated from book." n.d.
109 Bound notebook containing handwritten draft of "Wavelet Contraction and Seismic Resolving Power." n.d.
110 Contract with Dutch publisher, 16 July 1976.
111 Prints of charts and diagrams, marked "Figures removed from manuscript chapters 17, 18, 19." n.d.
112 Handwritten outlines for a book entitled, "The Propagation of Transient Elastic Disturbances in Solid Bodies and in Granular Media." n.d.
113 Memoranda and notes concerning wavelet functions. 19 August 1953.
114 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.
115 Notes entitled, "Research Plans." August 1946.
116 Photographic negative of seismic graphs. n.d.
117 Graphs entitled, "Normal Gravity Anomalies of the earth." n.d.
118 Prints and negatives of diagrams, charts, graphs and calculations concerning seismic research. n.d.
118 118.1
Graphs marked, "Peaked Amplifier with non-linear phase characteristic"
118 118.2
Graphs marked, "Wavelet Contractor Circuit"
118 118.3
Notes marked, "Computation of Output Wavelet Forms; General Instructions for Procedure"
118 118.4
Graphs marked, "Final Completed Output Curves for making tracing"
118 118.5
Charts marked, "Type K Amplifier Preliminary Computations; Also Preliminary General Computations"
118 118.6
Charts marked, "Output disturbances from K-4 Amplifiers - Oscillograms"
118 118.7
Charts and graphs marked, "K Amplifier Selected final data"
118 118.8
Prints marked, "Response of Flat Top and K-4 Amplifiers"
118 118.9
Photographic negatives marked, "Response of Amplifiers to Wavelet Input"
Box Folder
12 119 Prints and negatives of diagrams, charts, graphs and calculations concerning seismic research. n.d.
119 119.1
Graphs and charts marked, "L Amplifier"
119 119.2
Prints marked, "Sine and Cosine Curves to be integrated in computation of Output forms. Flat Top Ampl."
119 119.3
Unmarked charts.
119 119.4
Unmarked charts.
119 119.5
Unmarked charts.
120 Notes entitled, "Chronological record of attempts to promote activity with continuous elastic wave prospecting." n.d.
121 Notes and charts entitled, "Shear Wave Studies at Last Chance and Limon." n.d.
122 Unmarked charts.
123 Notes entitled, "Memo: Plans for Fundamental Seismic Studies; `A Scale of Amplitudes for Use in Seismic Prospecting.'" N.d.
124 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.
125 Printed programs of the "Third World Petroleum Congress." The Hague, 1951.
126 Copy of typewritten paper entitled, "The Theory of Wavelet Contraction." n.d.
127 "Miscellaneous Negatives." n.d.
127 127.1
Photographic Negatives marked, "Miscellaneous Smaller Negatives"
127 127.2
Photographic Negatives marked, "Small Negatives"
128 Notes and graphs marked, "Early Computations; The Nature of the Shot Pulse (Development about the Shot Point.)" n.d.
Box Folder
13 129 Series of prints entitled, "Wavelet-Form Functions." n.d.
129 129.1
Maps marked, "Fig. 1"
129 129.2
Maps marked, "Figs. 2-3"
129 129.3
Charts marked, "Figs. 4-5"
129 129.4
Charts marked, "Figs. 6-7-8-9"
129 129.5
Prints marked, "Fig. 10"
129 129.6
Prints marked, "Fig. 11"
129 129.7
Prints marked, "Fig. 12"
129 129.8
Prints marked, "Fig. 13"
129 129.9
Prints marked, "Fig. 14"
129 129.10
Charts marked, "Figs. 15-16"
129 129.11
Graphs marked, "Figs. 17-18"
129 129.12
Graphs marked, "Fig. 19"
129 129.13
Graphs marked, "Figs. 20-21"
129 129.14
Graphs marked, "Fig. 22"
129 129.15
Graphs marked, "Fig. 23"
129 129.16
Graphs marked, "Fig. 24"
129 129.17
Graphs marked, "Fig. 25-26-27-28"
129 129.18
Graphs marked, "Fig. 29"
129 129.19
Graphs marked, "Fig. 30"
129 129.20
Graphs marked, "Fig. 31"
129 129.21
Maps marked, "Figs. 32-33-34"
129 129.22
Charts marked, "Fig. 35"
129 129.23
Prints marked, "Fig. 36"
129 129.24
Prints marked, "Fig. 37"
129 129.25
Charts marked, "Figs. 38-39"
129 129.26
Charts marked, "Figs. 40-41"
129 129.27
Charts marked, "Fig. 42"
129 129.28
Graphs marked, "Fig. 43"
129 129.29
Graphs marked, "Fig. 44"
129 129.30
Graphs marked, "Fig. 45"
129 129.31
Graphs marked, "Fig. 46"
129 129.32
Graphs marked, "Fig. 48"
129 129.33
Graphs marked, "Fig. 49"
129 129.34
Graphs marked, "Fig. 50"
129 129.35
Graphs marked, "Figs. 51-52"
129 129.36
Maps marked, "Figs. 53-54"
129 129.37
Graphs marked, "Fig. 55"
129 129.38
Graphs marked, "Fig. 56"
129 129.39
Maps marked, "Figs. 57-58-59-60"
129 129.40
Graphs marked, "Fig. 61"
129 129.41
Graphs marked, "Figs. 62-63-64"
129 129.42
Graphs marked, "Figs. 65-66"
129 129.43
Graphs marked, "Figs. 67-68"
129 129.44
Graphs marked, "Figs. 69-70"
129 129.45
Graphs marked, "Figs. 71-72"
129 129.46
Graphs marked, "Fig. 73"
130 Series of prints entitled, "Non-Relevant or Leftovers." n.d.
131 Notebook containing patent for "Frequency Standards Vibrating Bars," 23 June 1925.
132 Typewritten paper entitled "The Birth of the Paper Cone Loudspeaker." n.d.
133 Reprints of published article by H. W. Fletcher entitled, "Plunger Lift Makes Flowing Wells Out of Pumpers." The Oil Weekly, 29 January 1932.
134 Material dealing with patents for inventions developed by Ricker.
134 134.1
Original patent documents for numbers 1934447, 1960027, 1960028, 2089983
134 134.2
Copies of patent documents for numbers 2921525 and 2089983
134 134.3
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
134 134.4
Copies of patent documents marked, "Electromagnetic Prospecting," for numbers 1859009, 1934447, 1960027, 1960028
134 134.5
Folder containing copies of patent documents marked, "Seismic," for numbers 1451080 and 1599538
134 134.6
Copies of patent documents marked, "Seismic Prospecting," for numbers 2588291, 2351456, 2354548, 1625625
134 134.7
Copies of patent documents marked, "Secondary Standards of Frequency," for number 1543124
134 134.8
Copies of patent documents marked, "Paper Cone Loudspeaker," for number 1859892
135 Photographs showing the Mine Advisory Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, c. 1950s.
136 Photographs showing the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1957.
137 Notebook containing blueprints. Entitled, "Production of Harmonics; Development of Type `G' Carrier Telephone." 22 August 1921
Box Folder
14 138 Notebook containing typed memoranda and blueprints. Entitled, "Large Free-Rigged Diaphogus of Double-Conical Structure for use as loud speakers." 1922.
139 Small notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Undamped Periodic Elastic Waves; Early notes from old LEFAX notebook." n.d.
140 Correspondence regarding "The Bell Telephone `Colloquium.'" Includes "Report on first year, 1919-20; Constitution of the Colloquium. Letter to Norman Ricker, inviting him to become a member, from the secretary, Karl K. Darrow." November 12, 1921.
141 Photographs of an early model of the Portable Cathode Ray Oscilloscope. 1922.
142 Chart of Western Electric Company Engineering Department. 1922.
143 Letter from J. W. Horton to Ricker, 5 May 1927.
144 Photographs of Unidentified Machinery.
145 Notebook containing memoranda and notes. Entitled, "Ricker vs. Hibacsko; Interference 59,575: Cone Loud Speaker Development." 1930.
146 Notebook containing a published article, Ricker et. al., "Frequency Measurement in Electrical Communication," as well as photographs. c.1923.
147 Notebook containing handcharted graphs. Entitled, "Oroginal [sic] Curves of Work on Modulations." 1919
148 Notebook containing memoranda and blueprints. Entitled, "Memoranda (Technical)." 1921.
149 Notebook containing memoranda and blueprints. Entitled, "Frequency Standards." 1921.
150 Notebook containing report, photographs, and blueprints. Entitled, "Frequency Measurement in Electrical Communication." 1923.
151 Photographs and graphs entitled, "The Plunger Lift Development (for the Hughes Tool Co.)" n.d.
152 Notebook containing correspondence between Ricker and the Mexican Sinclair Petroleum Corporation, Jan. 1927-Dec. 1927.
153 Notebook containing "Torsoin Balance, Surveys." c.1920s.
154 Notebook containing typed report. Entitled, "Rough Draft of a Report on Development of Electromagnetic Method of Locating Buried Petroleum Deposits." Dec. 8, 1927.
155 Copies of patent documents marked, "Electromagnetic Prospecting," containing numbers 1803405, 1934447, 1960027, 1960028, and 1859005
156 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.
157 Notebook containing reports and graphs. Entitled, "Amplifier Output Forms." c.1945.
Box Folder
15 158 Calendar of Research Projects. c.1920s.
159 Reprints - Ricker's dissertation, and a co-authored paper, 1916-1923.
160 Rough draft of a paper, "The Stokes Wave Equation Has Written Into It the Interchange of Energy Between Particles." n.d.
161 Five copies of typewritten paper entitled, "May the Stokes Wave Equation be Universal?" n.d.
162 Two copies of typewritten paper entitled, "The Role of Education in This Changing World." 1966.
163 Typewritten paper entitled, "Stokes Wave Equation and the Propagation of a Plane Wave of Sound in a Simple Gas." n.d.
164 Correspondence concerning requests for reprints. c.1954-1965.
165 List entitled, "Bibliographic list of published papers of Norman Ricker." n.d.
166 Typewritten manuscript entitled, "Composite Reflections," with photographic prints. January, 1950.
167 Handwritten draft of "Wavelet Propagation in Granular Media." n.d.
Box Folder
16 168 Many years of appointment calendars with inscriptions.
Extent (3 folders)
169 Small notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Wavelet Theory: Miscellaneous Formulae, and Tables." n.d.
170 Notebook containing memoranda, prints, and graphs. Entitled, "Punch Tests, of Dupont EL 406 as Compared with Dupont Hi Vel Dynamite." 4 December 1946.
171 Paper entitled, "Present Developments Arising from the Wavelet Theory." Correspondence regarding reprints. 1945.
172 Prints, regarding Wavelet Theory. n.d.
Box Folder
17 173 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

Predominately notes, calculations, photographic negatives of figures, and text of Ricker's book.
Box Folder
17 174 Notebook containing memoranda and graphs. Entitled, "EL406 vs. duPont H. V. `Punch Tests.'"
175 Copies of report, with memoranda, prints, and graphs. Entitled, "Seismic Punch Tests of E. L. 406." 1946.
175 175.1
Graphs and memoranda marked, "Data aclative to seismic `punch' tests of duPont explosive E. L. 406 at Woodward, Okla., Nov. 5-6, 1946."
176 Notebook containing correspondence and paper. Entitled, "Wavelet Contraction, Wavelet Expansion and the Control of Seismic Resolution." c.1953.
177 Prints, notes, and calculations dealing with wavelet theory. n.d.
177 177.1
Photographic negatives marked, "General Wavelet Theory."
177 177.2
Prints marked, "Wavelet Breadth vs. Propagation Time for Shale."
177 177.3
Photographic negatives.
177 177.4
Prints marked, "Photographic Reproductions of Drawings; Old and Obsolete"
177 177.5
"File Index"
177 177.6
Graphs and calculations.
177 177.7
Print marked, "1939 Limon Colo.; Print of Seismogram"
177 177.8
Graphs marked, "Calculations"
177 177.9
Paper and prints marked, "Chapter 1: Historical Introduction"
177 177.10
Prints marked, "Chapter 2: The Nature of Seismograms"
177 177.11
Graphs marked, "Historical"
177 177.12
Graphs marked, "Complete Absorption Spectrum for a Viscous Earth"
177 177.13
Film negative marked, "Wavelet Theory General"
177 177.14
Graph marked, "Chapter 3: The Equation of Wave Propagation for an Elastic Medium with Viscous Absorption"
177 177.15
Film negative
177 177.16
Section of files entitled, "V: Wavelet Functions and Their Polynomials" (through 177.26.) Prints entitled, "Wavelet Functions"
177 177.17
Prints entitled, "Wavelet Functions"
177 177.18
Graphs and calculations marked, "Original Studies: Wavelet Functions and Wavelet Form Functions, Including Tabulation"
177 177.19
Charts marked, "Early Computation of Wavelet Functions"
177 177.20
Charts marked, "Basic Wavelet Functions"
177 177.21
Notebook containing plotted graphs. Entitled, "Wavelet Functions"
177 177.22
Chart marked "Derivation of Recurrence Formula for Wavelet Function"
177 177.23
Film negative marked, "Wavelet Functions all on one Sheet; Best!"
177 177.24
Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Functions"
177 177.25
Charts marked, "Wavelet Functions compiled by Betty Armstrong; There are many errors in these computations"
177 177.26
Typed calculations marked, "Chapter 4: Wavelet Functions and their Polynomials"
Box Folder
18 178 Prints, Notes, and calculations dealing with wavelet theory. n.d.
178 178.1
Series of files marked, "Wavelet Form Functions and the Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." Includes film negatives and charts. n.d.
178 178.2
Prints and negatives marked, "Obsolete."
178 178.3
Stencils for Wavelet forms.
178 178.4
Prints marked, "Chapter V: Wavelet Form Functions and the Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets."
178 178.5
Series of files marked, "VI: Very-Near-Shot Wavelet Forms and the Nature of the Shot Pulse." Includes graphs marked, "Computation of Very-Near-Shot Forms by Graphical Integration."
178 178.6
Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Propagation."
178 178.7
Film overlays marked, "Near Shot Forms."
178 178.8
Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Form Functions; Step function & spike function excitation."
178 178.9
Prints marked, "Peak Amplitudes - Very Near Shot"
178 178.10
Film negatives marked, "Very-Near-Shot Wavelet Forms"
178 178.11
Prints marked, "Displacement form; old."
178 178.12
Prints marked, "Velocity form"
178 178.13
Charts and graph marked, "Integration of Displacement form"
178 178.14
Notebook containing graphs and prints. Entitled, "The Nature of the Shot-Pulse"
178 178.15
Prints marked, "Chapter VI: Very near shot wavelet forms and the true nature of the shot pulse."
178 178.16
Series of files marked, "VII: Seismic Ray Paths." Includes notes and graphs marked, "Earth with uniform velocity gradient."
178 178.17
Series of files marked, "VIII: Some Characteristics of Seismic Disturbances." Includes graphs and prints.
178 178.18
Film negatives marked, "Seismic First Motion."
178 178.19
Prints, graphs, and overlays marked, "Seismic First Motion."
178 178.20
"An original Seismogram: Minden, Louisiana."
178 178.21
Series of files marked, "IX: Wavelet Complexes and Seismic Resolving Power." Includes film negatives and graphs.
178 178.22
Prints,
178 178.23
Graphs marked, "Original Plotted Data; Two-Wavelet Complex"
178 178.24
Charts of data.
178 178.25
Graphs and charts marked, "The Wavelet Complex"
178 178.26
Graphs marked, "Synthetic Wavelet Complexes; Calculations and Curves"
178 178.27
Graphs marked, "Wavelet Complex Computations"
178 178.28
Graphs and charts marked, "Two-Wavelet complex"
178 178.29
Notebook containing graphs. Entitled, "The Wavelet Complex"
178 178.30
Notebook containing graphs. Entitled, "Gibson Zone Wavelet Complex. Katie Area, Oklahoma"
178 178.31
Notebook containing calculations. Entitled, "Formulae from Wavelet Theory; Appendix C"
178 178.32
Graphs and charts marked, "Two Wavelet Complex"
178 178.33
Prints.
178 178.34
Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Complexes"
178 178.35
Prints and positive film overlays marked, "Wavelet Complexes"
Box Folder
19 179 Prints, notes, and calculations dealing with wavelet theory. n.d.
179 179.1
Series of files marked, "X: Distortionless Wavelet Transmission." Includes prints and calculations.
179 179.2
Report marked, "Theory of Wavelet Contraction"
179 179.3
Prints marked, "Spectrum of Seismic Wavelet"
179 179.4
Prints marked, "How W. C. Characteristic Contracts Wavelet by Modifying Spectrum"
179 179.5
Film negatives marked, "Wavelet-Spectra"
179 179.6
Graph and calculations marked, "Spectrum of a Wavelet"
179 179.7
Prints marked, "Chapter X: Wavelet Spectrum and the Requirements for Distortionless Wavelet Transmission"
179 179.8
Series of files marked, "XI: The Seismograph." Includes notes.
179 179.9
Prints and charts marked, "Seismograph and Galvanometer"
179 179.10
Film negatives marked, "Seismograph and galvanometer response curves"
179 179.11
Graphs and computations marked, "Response of a Seismograph to Impressed Wavelet form; Harmonic Function Approach (Superceded by Wavelet Function Approach)"
179 179.12
Prints and graphs marked, "seismograph response curves"
179 179.13
Series of files marked, "XII: The Galvanometer." Includes prints and graph.
179 179.14
Charts marked, "Galvanometer Response to True Wavelet Input"
179 179.15
Film negatives marked, "Galvanometer Response, halftone"
179 179.16
Prints and graphs marked, "Galvanometer Response Characteristics"
179 179.17
Prints marked, "Oscillograms of Galvanometer Output forms for True Wavelet Inputs"
179 179.18
Series of files marked, "XIII: Laboratory Studies of Wavelet Contraction." Includes originals and stencils for wavelet generator.
179 179.19
Film negative marked, "Wavelet Contractor Circuit"
179 179.20
Graphs marked, "Resolution of Wavelet Complex by Wavelet Contraction"
179 179.21
Prints marked, "Laboratory Studies of W. C. Prints"
179 179.22
Notebook containing handwritten notes and prints. Entitled, "Data from Wavelet Contraction Notebook."
179 179.23
Charts marked, "Wavelet Contraction Frequency Allocations"
179 179.24
Handwritten notes marked, "Laboratory Studies of Wavelet Contraction and Seismic Resolution"
179 179.25
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."
179 179.26
Print marked, "Experimental Time Delays; W. C. Amplifiers"
179 179.27
Charts marked, "Wavelet Breadth"
179 179.28
Prints marked, "Resolution Wavelet Complex; Switch Positions 24 to 17"
179 179.29
Prints marked, "Delay Time Wavelet Contractor"
179 179.30
Charts marked, "Wavelet Contractor Type E Time delay Observations"
179 179.31
Prints marked, "Calculated Out Forms for Wavelet Input of Arbitrary W. C. Characteristics"
179 179.32
Print marked, "Allocation of Frequencies to W. C. Switch Positions"
179 179.33
Prints marked, "Ground Roll Suppression - Contraction Ratio"
179 179.34
Notes, both typed and handwritten, marked, "Wavelet Contractor Operating Truck and Equipment; Specifications and Ideas"
179 179.35
Typed notes related to "Wavelet Contractor Conference: Sept. 30, 1947"
179 179.36
Film negatives marked, "Wavelet Contractor"
179 179.37
Prints marked, "Original W. C. Oscillograms from which slides were made"
179 179.38
Charts marked, "Contours drawn on transition frequency"
179 179.39
Series of files marked, "XV: Experimental Studies of the Primary Seismic Disturbance." Includes notes and graphs marked, "Amplitude vs. Charge Size"
179 179.40
Charts marked, "Breadth Squared and Transition - Frequency Contours in Section Limon and Last Chance, Colo."
179 179.41
Charts marked, "Original Data"
179 179.42
Charts marked, "Wave Surface; Limon and Last Chance, Colo."
179 179.43
Prints marked, "Wavelet Spectra - Comparison Observed with Ideal; Limon, Colo."
179 179.44
Prints marked, "All Primary Forms; Last Chance, Colo."
179 179.45
Charts marked, "Primary Forms; Limon, Colo."
179 179.46
Charts marked, "Variation of Form; Limon, Colo."
179 179.47
Prints marked, "Photos of Specimen Seismograms; Limon, Colo."
179 179.48
Prints marked, "Seismic First Motion"
179 179.49
Film negative marked, "Nine Primary Forms at Limon, Colo."
179 179.50
Film negatives marked, "Wavelet-Breadth vs. Travel Time; Refinery Residue Wax."
179 179.51
Drawings on tracing cloth marked, "Seismic Punch vs. Shot Depth; Limon and Last Chance, Colo."
Box Folder
20 180 Notebook containing reprints and handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Wavelet Theory Formulae." c.1960.
181 Notebook containing reprint of Harold Jeffreys', "Damping in Bodily Seismic Waves." 1931.
182 Series marked, "Smaller Negatives." Concerning wavelet theory. n.d.
182 182.1
"IV: Wavelet Functions and their Polynomials"
182 182.2
"V: Wavelet Form Functions"
182 182.3
"VI: Very Near Shot Wavelet Forms; Nature of the Shot Pulse"
182 182.4
"II: The Nature of Seismograms"
182 182.5
"VIII: Some Characteristics of Seismic Disturbances"
182 182.6
"IX: Wavelet Complexes and Seismic Resolving Power"
182 182.7
"X: Distortion Wavelet Transmission"
182 182.8
"XI: The Seismograph"
182 182.9
"XII: The Galvanometer"
182 182.10
"XIII: Laboratory Studies of Wavelet Contraction"
182 182.11
"XIV: Field Studies with the Wavelet Contractor"
182 182.12
"XIV: Figures Used in Book"
182 182.13
"XV: Experimental Studies of the Primary Seismic Disturbance"
182 182.14
"XVI: Shooting in Sand"
182 182.15
"XXI: Nature of Internal Friction"
183 Pages marked, "Sheets from Notebook on Wavelet Function"
184 Graphs marked, "Miscellaneous"
185 Handwritten notes marked, "Wavelet Theory; General Programme"
186 Handwritten notes marked, "Misc. Papers"
187 Collection of script fonts.
188 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. 28-29, 1947."
189 Typewritten paper entitled, "The form and Laws of Propagation of Seismic Wavelets." Marked, "12th Copy." n.d.
190 Letters of Introduction marked, "Round-the-World Trip"
191 Correspondence marked "Professor Hajime Narumi and Y. Takesada; Kyoto; Hiroshima; Tokyo." 1964-1976.
192 Bound notebook containing a handwritten list. Entitled, "Bibliography." 29 July 1946.
193 Notebooks containing Wavelet Theory.
193 193.1
Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Symbols used in Wavelet Theory"
193 193.2
Notebook containing handwritten calculations and graphs. Entitled, "Wavelet Theory Applied to Black Body Radiation"
193 193.3
Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "The Possible Connection between the Wavelet Theory of Seismogram Structure and Wave Mechanics"
193 193.4
Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Formulae and Symbols"
Box Folder
21 194 Notebook containing reprints, handwritten calculations, and graphs. Entitled, "Wavelet Forms (Spherical Wave Surfaces)." n.d.
195 Notebook containing prints of graphs. Entitled, "Geophone Response to Wavelets." 1946.
196 Two notebooks entitled, "Galvanometer Response," n.d.
196 196.1
Containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Theoretical"
196 196.2
Containing prints of graphs. Entitled, "Experimental"
197 Prints of graphs and charts, entitled, "End of Chapter XV." n.d.
198 "Miscellaneous prints," n.d.
199 Two notebooks containing notes on wavelet theory. n.d.
199 199.1
Containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Formulae Wavelet Theory"
199 199.2
Containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Wavelet Functions Formulae"
200 Notebook containing prints and handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Theoretical and Experimental Seismograph Research." n.d.
201 Typewritten paper, graphs, and calculations. Marked, "Spoiled Work in Xerox Copying"
202 "First 12 Chapters of Seismic Wavelets, Xerox Copy." n.d.
203 Notebook containing handwritten calculations. Entitled, "Notes on the Attenuation of Sound Waves through Rayleigh Scattering." n.d.
204 Notebook containing a handwritten bibliography. Entitled, "Absorption and Scattering." n.d.

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Series IV: Artifacts and Ephemera

Containing the bound copy of Vol. 1 of The Autobiography of Norman Hurd Ricker, several photograph albums, boxes of glass slides, and scientific equipment.
Box Folder
22 205 Two artifacts
205 205.1
Headphones
205 205.2
Unidentified machinery
Box Folder
23 206 Bound copy of Vol. 1 of The Autobiography of Norman Hurd Ricker. Marked as Ricker's personal copy.
207 Photograph album marked, "West Texas."
208 Photograph album marked, "Seismic Exploration"
209 Photograph album marked, "Plunger Lift"
210 Photograph album marked, "The Rice Institute"
211 Unmarked photograph album containing institute shots.
Box Folder
24 212 Notebook including typewritten speech and sequence of graphs and charts, corresponding to numbered slides. Entitled, "Slides: Notes and Formulae." n.d.
213 Box containing glass slides. Marked, "Mildewed."
214 Small plastic Kodak box containing photographic slides of graphs and of McDonald Observatory, Mt. Locke, Texas. n.d.
215 Cardboard box containing glass slides in metal mounts. Marked, "Early days at Rice. World War I Air Service Photos. Florence Ricker's Wedding." n.d.
Box Folder
25 216 Wooden plaque showing a wavelet.
217 Box containing glass slides; mildewed (?).

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