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Kulturforum [Kulturforum], Berlin, Germany (1982-1986)

Kulturforum [Kulturforum], Berlin, Germany (1982-1986)

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People

  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Title

Kulturforum [Kulturforum], Berlin, Germany (1982-1986)

Dates of creation

1982 - 1986

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 161 drawings (including 97 reprographic copies)
  • 33 35mm negative strips
  • 28 strips of 120 medium format slide film
  • 16 slides
  • 14 photographs
  • 7 transparencies
  • 4 panoramic photomontages
  • 1 polaroid
  • 0.06 linear meters of textual documentation

Scope and Content

The project series documents the 1983 design entry for the Kulturforum. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 21/80. The office assigned the date 1983 for this project. This project was a competition entry for the International Architectural Exhibition Berlin competition (International Bauaustellung, IBA, circa 1979-1987), an urban renewal strategy for West Berlin, Germany. Siza also submitted five other entries to the IBA: Görtlitzer Bad swimming pool; Block 70 and 89 (Fränkelufer residential complex); Bonjour Tristesse (Block 121); Block 11-12; and Monument to Gestapo victims.

The Kulturforum is a complex of cultural buildings. The site underwent many changes during Nazi Germany and post-war with the construction of the National Library of Staatsbibliothek, designed by Hans Scharoun. Two examples of features that the IBA asked participants to include in their design proposals were to exclude vehicle traffic between the library and national gallery, and to reinterpret the Forum space.

Documenting this project series are several sketches and studies. There are also plans, elevations, and axonometric drawings of site plans. Siza’s office archivist has indicated on some of the studies that they were possibly not created by Siza. Where this is the case it has been noted with the physical material. Photographs and negatives document the competition site and model, and there are transparencies and slides of drawings. Also included is textual documentation on the competition site and a few letters from members of the Berlin Senate, two of which are from Brigitte Cassirer (later Brigitte Fleck).

Reference Number

AP178.S1.1983.PR04

Arrangement

Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.

Location

Berlin Germany

Credit line

When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

Language of material

English, German

Related units of description

  • Sketches for the Kulturforum are also included in Siza's sketchbooks found in series AP178.S2 of this fonds. Of note are sketchbooks 146, 147, 151, 153, and 154.

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.001
    • Title: Sketches, Kulturforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kolturforum - Berlin.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 ink and pencil drawings on paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 21 x 30 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-322-03

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.1
    • Title: Studies, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 1 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum estudos Arq. Siza. Includes note from Siza's office: 27.e. estudos todos Arq Siza? Conferir, e. 13. estudos Arq. Siza conferir + 2 - sobre copia papel.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 ink drawing on translucent paper, 2 reprographic copies on paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (lagest): 35 x 21 cm Sheet (smallest): 28 x 24 cm

    Arrangement:

    This file is housed in three separate folders: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.1, AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.2, and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.3

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-263-08

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.2
    • Title: Studies, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 2 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum estudos Arq. Siza. Includes note from Siza's office: 27.e. estudos todos Arq Siza? Conferir, e. 13. estudos Arq. Siza conferir + 2 - sobre copia papel.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • Approximately 42 pencil drawings on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 84 x 59 cm|Sheet (smallest): 60 x 41 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The first and third portions of this file are found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.1 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.3

    Folder Number:

    178-266-08

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.3
    • Title: Studies, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 3 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum estudos Arq. Siza. Includes note from Siza's office: 27.e. estudos todos Arq Siza? Conferir, e. 13. estudos Arq. Siza conferir + 2 - sobre copia papel.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 ink and pencil drawings on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 110 x 79 cm|Sheet (smallest): 84 x 59 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The first and second portions of this file are found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.1 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.002.2

    Folder Number:

    178-264-17

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.003.1
    • Title: Plans and elevations, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 1 of 2)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum desenhos.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 reprographic copies on translucent paper and paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: (largest): 123 x 71 cm|Sheet (smallest): 112 x 62 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in two separate folders. The second portion of this file is found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.003.2

    Folder Number:

    178-264-18

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.003.2
    • Title: Plans and elevations, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 2 of 2)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum desenhos.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 14 reprographic copies on translucent paper and paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 179 x 87 cm|Sheet (smallest): 109 x 100 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in two separate folders. The first portion of this file is found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.003.1

    Folder Number:

    178-2016-275 XL

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.1
    • Title: Studies, elevations, site surveys, and plans, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 1 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum matriz/estudos.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 8 pencil and ink drawings on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 77 x 59 cm|Sheet (smallest): 60 x 42 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The second and third portions of this file are found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.2 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.3

    Folder Number:

    178-266-09

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.2
    • Title: Studies, elevations, site surveys, and plans, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 2 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum matriz/estudos.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 pencil and ink drawings on translucent paper
    • 1 reprographic copy on paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 114 x 61 cm|Sheet (smallest): 78 x 75 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The first and third portions of this file are found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.1 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.3

    Folder Number:

    178-264-19

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.3
    • Title: Studies, elevations, site surveys, and plans, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 3 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum matriz/estudos.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 pencil drawing on translucent paper, 1 reprographic copy on paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 122 x 100 cm|Sheet (smallest): 109 x 100 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The first and second portions of this file are found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.1 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.004.2

    Folder Number:

    178-2016-275 XL

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.005.1
    • Title: Site surveys, elevations, and plans, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 1 of 2)
    • Dates of creation: 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum levantamentos.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 reprographic copies on translucent paper and paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 120 x 72 cm|Sheet (smallest): 60 x 42 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in two separate folders. The second protion of this file is found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.005.2

    Folder Number:

    178-264-20

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.005.2
    • Title: Site surveys, elevations, and plans, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 2 of 2)
    • Dates of creation: 1983
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum levantamentos.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 11 reprographic copies on paper and translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 143 x 119 cm|Sheet (smallest): 101 x 101 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in two separate folders. The first protion of this file is found in folder AP178.S1.1983.PR04.005.1

    Folder Number:

    178-2016-276 XL

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.006
    • Title: Slides of model, Kultuforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
    • Alberto Placido (photographer)

    Description:

    Original file title: Concurso - Kulturforum - Berlim Foto- © Alberto Placido Maquete.

    Siza's office numbered photographic materials in this file K 001-018. Photographs were taken by Alberto Placido. An added note suggests that photographs were used in "As cidades de A. Siza", November 20, 2001.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 20 strips of 120 medium format slide film

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-329-01

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.007
    • Title: Photographs of project site, Kulturforum, Berlim
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Concurso: Kulturforum-Berlim Contexto.

    Siza's office numbered photographic materials in this file K 019-021.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 photographs, 3 panoramic photomontages

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-329-02

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.008
    • Title: Photographs and negatives of model and project site, Kultuforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Concurso: Kulturforum-Berlim Maquete-antes o depois do concurso?.

    Siza's office numbered photographic materials in this file K 022-028.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-329-03

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.009
    • Title: Slides of model, Kultuforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
    • Teresa Siza (photographer)

    Description:

    Original file title: Concurso: Kulturforum © Teresa Siza April 2012.

    Siza's office numbered photographic materials in this file K 033-043.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 8 strips of 120 medium format slide film

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-329-04

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.010
    • Title: Transparencies of drawings, Kulturforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Concurso -Kulturforum - Berlim.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 transparencies

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-329-05

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.011
    • Title: Negatives of competition site, Kulturforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs, drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Concurso: Kulturforum - Berlim contexto.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 28 35mm negative strips

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-329-06

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.012
    • Title: Photographs of model, Kulturforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Berlim - Kulturforum.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 8 photographs

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-329-07

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.013
    • Title: Slides of drawings and model for Kulturforum, Berlin
    • Dates of creation: circa 1983
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: 1983 Kultuforum, Berlim, Ale.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 16 slides

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Folder Number:

    178-328-04

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.1
    • Title: Competition documentation and drawings, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 1 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: 1982 - 1986
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum (só material).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 reprographic copies on paper, other materials

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 21 x 32 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The second and third portions of this file are found in folders AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.2 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.3

    Folder Number:

    178-088-014

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.2
    • Title: Competition documentation and drawings, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 2 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: 1982-1986
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum (só material).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 reprographic copies on paper, other materials

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 21 x 32 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The first and third portions of this file are found in folders AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.1 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.3

    Folder Number:

    178-088-015

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.3
    • Title: Competition documentation and drawings, Kulturforum, Berlin (folder 3 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: 1982-1986
    • Form: textual records, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file title: Kulturforum (só material).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 29 reprographic copies on paper, other materials

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 21 x 32 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

    Related units of description:

    • This file is housed in three separate folders. The first and second portions of this file are found in folders AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.1 and AP178.S1.1983.PR04.014.2

    Folder Number:

    178-088-016

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