Guide to the Rogan Jones Papers
1912-1983

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jones, Rogan.
Title: Rogan Jones Papers
Dates: 1912-1983 ( inclusive )
1930-1970 ( bulk )
Quantity: 15 linear ft.
Collection Number: XOE_CPNWS0011rjones
Summary: The collection documents the activities and interests of radio and television broadcasting pioneer Lafayette Rogan Jones. Records span the period 1912-1983, with the bulk of materials dating from circa 1930-1970, and comprise subject files, clippings and scrapbooks, audio tapes and photographs.
Repository: Western Washington University
Heritage Resources

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-9123
Phone: 360 650 7747
Email: heritage.resources@wwu.edu
http://library.wwu.edu/heritageresources

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Born in Memphis Tennesee on October 11, 1895, Lafayette Rogan Jones moved with his parents, Francis Goodbar Jones and Mary Rogan Jones to Boston in 1901, and then to Aberdeen, Washington in 1906. He attended private schools in Boston, public schools in Aberdeen and spent one year at Columbia University where he studied business. Jones lived in Aberdeen intermittently until 1930. Jones acquired his first radio station, KXRO, in Aberdeen, Washington in 1928, and purchased KVOS in Bellingham, Washington the following year. In addition to these stations, Jones owned KPQ radio in Wenatchee and KPCB in Seattle.

A pioneer in his field, Jones often generated conflict through his attempts to expand the interests and role of radio broadcasters and attract larger audiences. The legal case KVOS v Associated Press (circa 1934-1936) comprised one of the most noteworthy legal battles of his career. Responding to refusals by the Associated Press, the United Press, and the International News Service to sell news copy to radio stations, Jones and KVOS rewrote and then broadcast information found in newspapers. Accusing Jones of “news piracy”, local newspapers such as the Bellingham Herald and national news organizations including the Associated Press filed suit against KVOS. In 1936, the US Supreme Court decided in favor of KVOS, allowing for greater access by radio broadcasters to news sources (including sporting events), and paving the way towards the sale of information by news organizations to radio.

During the 1950s, Jones attracted further controversy through his creation of International Good Music (IGM), a centralized service providing recorded music and radio shows for broadcast across the world. In 1964, the Amercian Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) sued IGM and recipient stations, arguing that IGM broadcast music without their permission or that of the artists. The case was decided in favor of the IGM and other defendents. Having established himself in radio, Jones soon expanded his professional interests to include television, creating one of the first commercial cable systems in Bellingham, Washington. His first TV station, KVOS-TV, aired its first broadcast on May 23, 1953. Jones also founded cable television station, KPQ-CA in Wenatchee in 1953, before selling the station the following year. The British Columbia company Wometco eventually bought KVOS in 1962. Rogan Jones died on 27 April, 1972 in Bellingham, Washington.

Content Description

The Rogan Jones papers document the activities and interests of radio and television broadcasting pioneer Lafayette Rogan Jones. Records span the period 1912-1983, with the bulk of materials dating from circa 1930-1970. Alphabetical subject files generated and maintained by Jones reflect his interests and involvement in radio and television broadcasting on a regional and national level. Subject files include materials relating to the legal case KVOS vs. Associated Press (concerning broadcasters’ rights to access and present news information to their audience), and Jones’ conflicts with bodies such the American Society of Composers, Artists and Performers regarding the management, licensing and operation of his stations. A large number of the subject files pertain to the operation and programming for KVOS radio station in Bellingham, Washington. Jones’ files also contain a small amount personal correspondence, dated 1912-1959 (the bulk of Jones’ personal and family records were removed before their donation to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies).

The collection contains clippings and scrapbooks compiled by Jones through the period circa 1930-1958, documenting issues relating to radio broadcasting and also to news events affecting the Bellingham area. The bulk of material in the scrapbooks is compiled from Bellingham newspapers. The collection also includes reel-to-reel tapes containing select KVOS radio interviews and broadcasts (dated 1938-1940) and a small amount of photographic material.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

Rogan Jones Papers, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Rogan Jones Papers was organized in accordance with the following series arrangement:

  • Series I: Subject Files 1912-1983 (1930-1959)
  • Series II: Scrapbooks and Clippings 1930 - 1958
  • Series III: Audio Materials 1938-1970, undated
    • Subseries 1 - Reel to Reel Tapes, circa 1938-1970
    • Subseries 2 - Cassette Tapes, 1970
  • Series IV: Visual Materials 1982, undated.
Acquisition Information :  

Catherine Jones donated her late husband's papers to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies in 1975.

Related Materials :  

The KVOS Film Records at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies includes reel to reel films of KVOS Channel 12 programs filmed in the early to mid 1960s.

Bibliography :  
  • Richard M. Donnelly American Television for a Canadian Audience: Rogan Jones and the Establishment of KVOS-TV. (M.A. Thesis, University of Nebraska,2009)
  • * Copy available in CPNWS Reference Library (in-house use only)

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I:   Subject Files, 1912-1983 ,   (bulk 1930-1958)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Advertising 1940-1954
1/2 Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated 1949-1950
1/3 Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated 1950
1/4 Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated 1951
1/5 Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated 1952
1/6 American Broadcasting Company 1946-1950
1/7 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) 1947-1949
2/1 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) 1957-1959
2/2 Associated Press 1951-1956
2/3 Associated Program Services 1951-1952
2/4 Bellingham Athletic Club 1946-1948
2/5 Bellingham Chamber of Commerce 1951-1958
2/6 Bellingham Charter 1950-1951
2/7 Bellingham, Port of: Citizen Advisory Committee 1951
2/8 Bone, Homer T. (U.S. Senator) 1937
2/9 Boundary Centennial Celebration 1946
2/10 Broadcast Advertising Bureau 1950-1955
2/11 Broadcast Magazine 1947-1950
2/12 Broadcast Measurement Bureau 1947-1950
2/13 Broadcast Music Incorporated 1951-1956
2/14 Broadcasting Stations 1956-1958
3/1 Cable Accounts 1950-1951
3/2 Channel 12 Ltd. 1954-1955
3/3 Channel 12 Ltd. 1955
3/4 Columbia Broadcasting Service 1953-1958
3/5 Columbia T.V. Service 1958
3/6 Craney, Ed. 1951-1952
3/7 Davis, Kenneth 1949-1956
3/8 Dill, Clarence (U.S. Senator) 1936-1937
3/9 Dumont Network 1953-1954
3/10 Eastman Kodak 1954
3/11 Employment/Employees 1940-1954
3/12 Employment/Employees 1955-1958
3/13 Encyclopedia Britannica 1955-1957
3/14 Equipment, Radio 1944-1949
3/15 Farris, Stultz, Bull, and Farris 1953
3/16 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1943-1951
3/17 Ferry 1951
4/1 Forjoe and Company 1953-1954
4/2 Forjoe and Company 1955
4/3 Forjoe and Company 1956-1957
4/4 Frederick Ziv Company 1954-1955
4/5 Fuller, Romig 1950
4/6 General Electric 1955
4/7 Graybar Mortgage Company 1937
4/8 Guy, Bill 1937
4/9 Haley, Andrew 1947
4/10 Haley, Andrew 1948-1949
4/11 Haley, Andrew 1950
4/12 Haley, Andrew 1951
5/1 Haley, Andrew 1952-1953
5/2 Haley, Andrew 1954-1955
5/3 Haley, Andrew 1956-1958
5/4 Haley, Andrew: Photographs 1946
5/5 Horace N. Stovin Company 1952-1954
5/6 Horace N. Stovin Company 1953-1957
5/7 Independent Broadcasters 1949-1956
5/8 Insurance 1946-1947
5/9 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1937-1954
5/10 International Good Music 1958-1964
5/11 International Good Music: Receivership Dispute 1963
5/12 International House 1957-1958
5/13 International News Service 1940
6/1 International Peace Arch Program Association circa 1940
6/2 International Peace Arch Program Association 1940-1945
6/3 International Peace Arch Program Association 1946-1947
6/4 International Peace Arch Program Association 1948-1949
6/5 International Peace Arch Program Association 1950-1955
6/6 International Peace Arch Program Association 1956-1957
6/7 International Peace Arch Program Association 1958-1959
6/8 International Telemeter Corporation 1953
6/9 Jackson, Henry (U.S. Senator) 1952-1958
6/10 Jerrold Electronics Corporation 1953-1954
7/1 Jerrold Electronics Corporation v. KVOS and Westcoast 1964
Jones, Rogan
Box/Folder
7/2 Accident 1953-1954
7/3 Accident 1955-1956
7/4 Accounts 1940-1947
7/5 Biographical Material circa 1956-1958
Correspondence
Box/Folder
7/6 General A-F circa 1937-1957
7/7 General G-M circa 1937-1957
7/8 General N-Z circa 1937-1957
7/9 International 1956-1957
7/10 Personal 1912-1939
7/11 Personal 1940-1954
7/12 Final Disposition of Papers undated
7/13 Mother's Estate 1955
8/1 - 8/3 Speeches 1957-1959
8/4 Taxes and Financial Statements 1947-1957
8/5 Trips 1948-1950
8/6 Trip to Russia 1958
9/1 KDZR 1922
9/2 KELA 1940; 1951
9/3 KFPM 1930
9/4 KGIR 1937-1940
9/5 KING 1950
9/6 KMO 1937-1950
9/7 KOL 1940-1949
KPQ
Box/Folder
9/8 50 kw 1957
9/9 Cole Wylie 1936-1939
9/10 Correspondence 1948-1956
9/11 Jim Wallace 1946-1951
9/12 Jim Wallace 1952-1956
9/13 Jim Wallace 1957-1958
9/14 Staff Investment and Profit Share 1948-1952
9/15 T.V. and Community Antenna 1952-1955
9/16 T.V. and Community Antenna 1956-1958
9/17 Transmitter Fire August 7, 1967
9/18 KPUG 1947-1948
10/1 KVI 1940-1944
KVOS Files
Box/Folder
10/2 Accounts 1936-1937
10/3 Accounts 1948
10/4 Accounts: Collection Notices 1954-1955
10/5 Board of Directors Meetings: Minutes 1940-1947
10/6 Correspondence (general) 1936-1947
10/7 Correspondence (general) 1948-1949; 1953
10/8 Discrepancy Reports 1955
10/9 Insurance 1948-1955
Legal Suits
Box/Folder
10/10 KVOS v. Associated Press (correspondence) 1935-1937
10/11 KVOS v. Associated Press (legal) 1935-1937
10/12 Licensing Suit (correspondence) 1936-1937
10/13 Licensing Suit (legal) 1936-1937
11/1 Miscellaneous Suits (correspondence) 1936-1952
11/2 Miscellaneous Suits (legal) 1936-1952
New Building
Box/Folder
11/3 Blueprints and Reports 1955
11/4 Correspondence 1955
11/5 Programming (General Files) 1933-1939
11/6 Programming (General Files) 1940
11/7 Programming (General Files) 1950-1951
11/8 Programming (General Files) 1952-1955
11/9 Programming (General Files) 1956-1958
12/1 Programming - America's Great Story 1950
12/2 Programming - Around the World Press Conference Program 1958
12/3 Programming - Around the World Contest (trip) 1958
12/4 Programming - Best Program Contest 1937
12/5 Programming - Buchan's Musical Tune-O 1937
12/6 Programming - Count Bellingham's Blessings 1952
12/7 Programming - Dinner Bell Hour 1952
12/8 Programming - Education 1937-1958
12/9 Programming - Foreign Programming 1949-1958
12/10 Programming - Foreign Students 1957-1958
12/11 Programming - Forum Magazine 1956
12/12 Programming - GO (Grand Opening) Day 1953
12/13 Programming - Lebanese Records 1957
12/14 Programming - Music 1940
12/15 Programming - News 1951-1958
13/1 Programming - Newspaper-of-the-Air 1937
13/2 Programming - Operation Good Neighbor 1957
13/3 Programming - Overseas Television Project 1957-1958
13/4 Programming - Pacific Mid-Eastern High School Forum 1956
13/5 Programming - Public Service 1937-1947
13/6 Programming - Public Service 1948-1951
13/7 Programming - Public Service 1951-1958
14/1 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1934 April-August
14/2 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1934 September– October
14/3 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1934 November
14/4 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1934 December
14/5 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1935 January – February
14/6 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1935 March-May
14/7 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1935 June-July
15/1 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1935 August
15/2 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1935 September
15/3 Programming - Raw Transcripts 1935 October–December
Programming - Rocky Marciano 1961
Box/Folder
15/4 Publicity and clippings
15/5 Photographs
16/1 Programming - Sports 1947-1949
16/2 Programming - Sports 1952-1954
16/3 Programming - Sports, High School 1957
16/4 Programming - Sunday Broadcasters 1949
16/5 Programming - World Wide Neighbors 1956-1957
Radio, AM
Box/Folder
16/6 Advertising 1950-1952
16/7 Construction Requests 1937; 1943
16/8 Equipment and Engineering 1936-1937
16/9 Telephone Transmission Charge (Contract) 1936-1937
16/10 Radio, FM 1957-1958
16/11 Sales 1950-1953
16/12 Sales 1955-1957
16/13 Staff Memorandum 1940-1949
16/14 Staff Memorandum 1950-1955
16/15 Staff Memorandum 1956-1958
17/1 Stock Ownership Contracts 1937
17/2 Tri-County Directory 1950-1951
KVOS TV
Box/Folder
17/3 Cable 1950-1952
17/4 Cable 1953
17/5 Cable Accounts 1950-1952
17/6 Canada 1953-1954
17/7 Canada 1955-1958
17/8 Canada: De West 1953-1954
18/1 Community Antenna undated
18/2 Community Antenna, Weekly Reports 1953
18/3 Deal 1954
18/4 Deal, Memo Re: Possible Sale 1960 June 17
18/5 Equipment and Engineering, Duplicating 1955
18/6 Equipment and Engineering 1952-1953
18/7 Equipment and Engineering 1954-1955
18/8 Equipment and Engineering 1956-1959
18/9 Financing (Prospective Sales) 1955
18/10 General 1950-1952
18/11 KPUG Conflict 1952-1953
18/12 New Transmitter Site 1953-1954
18/13 New Transmitter Site 1954-1958
18/14 Lincoln County Broadcasters 1949-1952
18/15 Magnuson, Warren (U.S. Senator) 1948-1958
19/1 Mayor's Ferry Committee 1947-1948
19/2 Military Tours 1948-1949
19/3 Miller, Ralph 1947-1948
19/4 Mintz, David 1955-1959
19/5 Miscellaneous material undated
19/6 Mount Vernon 1940
19/7 Mutual Broadcasting Company 1940-1950
19/8 National Association of Broadcasters 1935-1937
19/9 National Association of Broadcasters 1940-1952
19/10 National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters 1952
19/11 National Broadcasting Company 1953-1955
19/12 Northwest Washington District Fair 1940
19/13 Olympia 1946-1950
19/14 Pacific Broadcasting Company 1940
19/15 Pacific National Exhibit 1950
19/16 Pacific Telephone and Telegraph 1940,; 1954
19/17 Pemberton, William H. (Judge) 1936-1937
20/1 Politics 1934-1951
20/2 Programming Services 1940-1949
20/3 Radio Corp of America 1936-1957
20/4 Radio Daily (Publication) 1940; 1953
20/5 Radio Stations- Construction Requests 1936-1937
20/6 Radio Stations- General Correspondence 1936-1954
20/7 Rainier Broadcasting Company 1940-1947
20/8 Reeves, Hal 1952
20/9 Reid, Gordon 1955
20/10 Retail Counselors Incorporated, 1951-1952
20/11 Robert Meeker Association Incorporated 1951-1952
20/12 Rotary Clubs 1956-1958
20/13 Rotary Clubs- Foreign Student Scholarship 1956-1957
20/14 SESAC 1950-1956
20/15 Sackett, Sheldon 1943-1944
20/16 Schellenbach, Lewis (U.S. Senator) 1940
20/17 Seifrit, Charles (Chuck)- The Bellingham Herald 1946-1951
20/18 Special Copyright Fund undated
21/1 Surveys 1946-1951
21/2 Surveys 1956-1958
21/3 TV Incorporated 1956-1958
21/4 Tacoma Narrows Bridge 1949-1950
21/5 Taft and Warner Incorporated- Incorporation Papers 1924
21/6 Television- General Correspondence 1947-1950
21/7 Transradio Press 1940
U.S. Broadcasting Company
Box/Folder
21/8 Advertising Items 1930
21/9 Bulletin and Franchise 1930
21/10 District Plan Organization and Shipping Documents undated
21/11 General Correspondence 1929 November-December
22/1 General Correspondence 1930 January
22/2 General Correspondence 1930 February
22/3 General Correspondence 1930 March
22/4 General Correspondence 1930 April
23/1 General Correspondence 1930 May
23/2 General Correspondence 1930 June
23/3 General Correspondence 1930 July
23/4 General Correspondence 1930 August
23/5 General Correspondence undated
23/6 Program Records undated; 1930
23/7 Prospectus 1930
23/8 Radio Franchise Applications 1930
23/9 Station Questionnaires undated
23/10 U.S. Congress 1956-1958
23/11 U.S. Congress- House Resolution 7062 1952
23/12 U.S. Congress- Senate Bills 217 & 218 (Copyright Law) 1937
23/13 U.S. Congress- Senate Radio Correspondent’s Gallery 1940
24/1 U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19) 1954
24/2 U.S.S.R. 1957-1958
24/3 Unions 1936-1950
24/4 United Press 1948-1958
24/5 Universal Publishers 1950-1951
24/6 Vickers, Loyal 1957
24/7 Wallgren, Mongram C. 1930
24/8 Washington State Association of Broadcasters 1936-1947
24/9 Washington State Association of Broadcasters 1948-1950
24/10 Washington State Association of Broadcasters 1951-1954
24/11 Washington State Association of Broadcasters 1956-1958
24/12 Washington State Radio News Bureau 1948-1954
24/13 Westcoast Broadcasters 1929-1954
24/14 Westcoast Broadcasters- Profit, Loss, Balance 1928-1932
24/15 Westcoast Broadcasters- Stockholders Meeting 1929-1939
25/1 Wometco 1972-1980
25/2 Wometco- Annual Report 1981
25/3 Wometco- KVOS, TV 12- British Columbia 1982-1983

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Series II:   Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1930 - 1958
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
25/4 Clippings 1930s-1950s
25/5 Clippings re: war in Europe 1939
25/6 Clipping: "Our Respects to Rogan Jones," Broadcasting Telecasting, 1953 September 7
26/1 Scrapbooks 1933-1936
26/2 Scrapbooks 1934
26/3 Scrapbooks 1934-1935
26/4 Scrapbooks 1938-1941
26/5 Scrapbooks 1941-1947
26/6 Scrapbooks 1948-1950
26/7 Scrapbooks 1950-1953
26/8 Scrapbooks 1957-1958

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Series III:   Audio Materials , 1938-1970, undated
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries 1: Reel to Reel Tapes circa 1938-1970
Box/Folder
27/1 Wallace Campbell Speech "What Makes A City Clique" undated
27/1 American National Anthem and Telephone Conversation of Jack Clark and Fair Representative undated
27/2 KVOS Radio-TV Operation 5000 Sound Track undated
27/2 South African Speaker undated
27/3 Peace Arch 1938-1940
27/3 KPUG v. KVOS Debate For Channel 12 1952 November 25
27/4 Rogan Jones Washington Club speech re: USSR 1958
27/4 Grayhouse and Tobin re: Frye Memorial Public Art Museum 1960 September 8
27/5 Gargett Gold Mine 1960 October 21
27/5 1927 Day KVOS-KGMI Broadcast 1961 August 2
27/6 40th Anniversary Broadcast (2 Reels) 1964 November 16
27/7 Rogan Jones' Presentation of a Stuffed Skunk to Virgil Barron 1966 January
27/7 Anniverary Show (KGMI 40th) 1967 November 15
28/1 KGMI 40th Birthday/Anniversary, 1967 November 15
28/2 Fred Weihe Sr. regarding the Gold Mining Of Ruby Creek 1970
28/2 Olga Pattison (daughter of A. Eckland) - Coal Mines, Lone Jack Mine 1970
28/3 Dick J. Kink "Slovonians Of Whatcom County" 1970 January 12
28/3 Peter Zuanich- Whatcom County Historical Society 1970 February 9
28/4 Jackie Lawson- interview with Mrs. Miriam Mathes 1970 November 17
28/4 Mary Peebles interview with Alfred Loop (edited) 1970 November 19
28/5 Mary Peebles interviews with George McCush, Hobart Dawson and Alfred Loop (raw tapes 1 and 2) 1970 November 19
28/6 Monroe McLauchlen (?) interview with Dr. Arthur Hicks 1970 November 20
28/6 Interviews with Dr. Arthur Hicks/Dr. Moyle Cederstrom/Ralph Neil 1970 November 20;; 1970 November 20; ; 1970 November 27
28/7 Don De Marco interviews with Mr. Vaughn Brown / Mr. Walley Lindsley (master reel) 1970 November 19;; 1970 November 30
28/7 Interviews with Mrs. Miriam Mathes/Mr. Vaughn Brown/Mr. Walley Lindsley (edited) 1970 November 17; ; 1970 November 19; ; 1970 November 30
29/1 Gary Harrod Interview with Dr. Moyle Cederstrom (unedited) 1970 November 20
29/1 James Austin- Interview with G. W. Gannon (unedited) 1970 December 7
29/2 Robin Probst- Interview with Miss Leona Sundquist 1970 December 7
29/2 Dr. Arthur Hicks- Discusses post effects of Fisher's firing 1970 December 9
29/3 Lynden Watts- Interview with Vernon Parberry on President Fisher 1970 December 9
29/3 Interview by John Stolpe with Dr. Paul Woodring discussing the Fisher firing and its aftermath 1970 December 9
29/4 unidentified reel undated
Sub-series 2: Cassettes 1970
Box/Folder
29/5 Interviews with George Smith- and Bill Follis (2 tapes) 1970 November 17; ; 1970 December 1
29/5 Hal Reeves undated

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Series IV:   Visual Materials, 1982 , undated
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Photographs
Box/Folder
30/1 People undated
30/2 Sailing Vessels (11 x 14 prints) undated
Box/Folder
30/3 Illustration: James R. Williamson, "City of Ships," 1982

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Jones, Rogan. --Archives.
  • Corporate Names :
  • KVOS-TV (Television station : Bellingham, Wash.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Broadcasting -- Law and legislation -- United States.
  • Broadcasting -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham.
  • Radio stations -- Washington (State).

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