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Red Norvo Papers

Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Extent:
4 Cubic feet (7 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Awards
Biographies
Correspondence
Photographs
Clippings
Interviews
Date:
1932-1998
Summary:
Correspondence, transcripts of interviews, photographs, a biography, a discography, an award, printed material and other miscellany documenting the life and career of Red Norvo.
Scope and Contents:
The Red Norvo Papers consist of correspondence, transcripts of interviews with Red Norvo, miscellaneous publications (catalogues, monographs, newsletters, pamphlets, programs), periodicals, articles and clippings, photographs, and several miscellaneous documents: various advertisements, a hotel receipt, liner notes, an award from Metronome, a biography prepared by Capitol Records, a Red Norvo discography, a concert engagement advertisement in the form of a postcard, a poster (Benny Goodman), and a Red Norvo concert tour itinerary.
Arrangement:
Divided into 7 series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1939-1997; Series 2: Red Norvo Interview Transcripts, 1991-1993; Series 3: Miscellaneous Publications; Series 4: Miscellaneous Documents; Series 5: Periodicals, Series 6: Periodical Articles and News Clippings; Series 7: Photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Along with Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo stands as one of the most celebrated and influential figures in the history of Jazz vibraphone. Norvo was born Kenneth Norville in Beardstown, Illinois on March 31, 1908. He began studying marimba at an early age and played in a rhumba band in 1925. After a brief stint as a tap dancer and conductor on the Vaudeville circuit, Norvo played xylophone with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. He later married the band's singer, Mildred Bailey, and together they were known as Mr. and Mrs. Swing. From the late 1930's through the early 1940's Norvo lead his own orchestra (with arrangements by Eddie Sauter) and his own sextet.

In 1944 Norvo switched permanently to vibraphone and joined the Benny Goodman Sextet. In 1945 the Red Norvo Selected Sextet (featuring Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie) recorded Hallelujah, Get Happy, Slam Slam Blues, and Congo Blues—an event that many critics regard as helping to commence the bebop era and the establishment of modern jazz. In 1946 Norvo played with Woody Herman's First Herd. But in Norvo's formative years it was the improvisational piano style of Teddy Wilson that most influenced his own style of play. In 1950 Norvo founded the Red Norvo Trio, which included Tal Farlow on guitar and Charles Mingus on bass. Norvo also performed and recorded with a quintet. He settled in Santa Monica, California and became a prolific recording musician with Capitol and other labels. Most of the essential singers of the period either performed or recorded with him: Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee to name a few. Norvo notably backed Sinatra on his Australian tour in 1959 and appeared with him in the 1960 film, Ocean's Eleven. In 1961 Norvo began to suffer hearing loss, a condition which worsened throughout the remainder of his life. In the 1970's he performed mainly in Las Vegas. He died April 6, 1999 in Santa Monica.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Benny Carter Collection (NMAH.AC.0757)

Milt Gabler Papers (NMAH.AC.0849)

Jazz Oral History Program Collection(NMAH.AC.0808)

William Russo Music and Personal Papers(NMAH.AC.0845) Jack Siefert/Woody Herman Collection(NMAH.AC.0659) Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection (NMAH.AC.0491)
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Portia Norvo Corlin on April 1, 2004.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Periodicals  Search this
Vibraphone  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Awards
Biographies
Correspondence -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Clippings -- 20th century
Interviews -- 1990-2000
Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Correspondence

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939-1997
Scope and Contents:
The correspondence comprises two folders and is arranged alphabetically by sender. Subseries 1 comprises letters sent to Red Norvo. The Bob Mohr letter refers to an enclosed audiocassette recording, which was not included in the accession. Subseries 2 comprises a single letter from Chuck [Renke?] to Eddie Sauter. The collection does not include any correspondence written by Red Norvo.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Series 1
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Letters to Red Norvo

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1997
Scope and Contents:
(Correspondents: Marie C. Brooks, Audrey Mae Dourn, Don Hill, Floyd Levin, Bob Mohr, James C. Petrillo, Fred Reinhardt, Tom Roland, Charles Smith, Joe Spery)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Subseries 1.1
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Chuck [Renke?] to Eddie Sauter

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
February. 10, 1939
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Subseries 1.2
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Red Norvo Interview Transcripts

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991, 1993
Scope and Contents:
The Jazz journalist, Floyd Levin, conducted his interview in connection with a project at Tulane University. The Bob Mohr interview centers round Norvo's recollections on the life and career of musician Joe Venuti. The Floyd Levin and Bob Mohr transcripts were originally sent to Red Norvo as enclosures with the Levin and Mohr correspondence.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Interview by Floyd Levin

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
November. 20, 1991
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Interview by Bob Mohr

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
April 8, 1993
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Miscellaneous Publications

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1945-1998
Scope and Contents:
The miscellaneous publications comprise approximately .25 linear feet and are arranged alphabetically by record type from catalogues to programs.

Both catalogues, RCA Victor and Stash-Daybreak, are specifically for commercial audio recordings (audiocassettes and phonograms). The Stash-Daybreak catalogue also contains a memorandum from Bud Curry. The monograph, Giants of Jazz, Red Norvo by Don DeMichael was part of a Time-Life series and numbers 52 pp. The monograph includes a print of Norvo (8.5 x 8.5 in.) The Big Band Jump News Letter contains an interview with Red Norvo. The Westways Auto Club News Pictorial originates from Southern California, Norvo's home. The booking schedule/pamphlet was prepared by the Howard King Agency, presumably Norvo's representative at the time (1970). The United Stations and Great Sounds pamphlets were original enclosures to the Tom Roland correspondence. The Weflen Drum Studios and World Percussion Festival are housed together because they both deal with music education. Most of the programs are for Red Norvo performances, jazz festivals, and tribute concerts to Norvo and/or various jazz contemporaries.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Series 3
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Catalogues (Audio Recordings)

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Subseries 3.1
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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RCA Victor (May, 1957), Stash-Daybreak M.O. (1993). Stash-Daybreak catalogue includes Bud Curry memorandum to Red Norvo.

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Monographs

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Subseries 3.2
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0858-ref521

Esquire's 1945 Jazz Book

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1945
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Giants of Jazz, Red Norvo by Don DeMichael

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Newsletters

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Subseries 3.3
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Big Band Jump News Letter

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
September-October 1997
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Westways Auto Club News Pictorial

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
December 1952
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Pamphlets

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0858, Subseries 3.4
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0858-ref527

Howard King Agency, Booking Schedule

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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The United Stations/The Great Sounds, (Original Enclosures to the Tom Roland Correspondence)

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0858-ref529

Weflen Drum Studios (undated), World Percussion Festival

Collection Donor:
Corlin, Portia Norvo  Search this
Collection Creator:
Norvo, Red, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Red Norvo Papers, 1932-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Portia Norvo Corlin.
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Red Norvo Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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