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Exhibits in Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Prefectural Nagasaki Library is currently holding two exhibits about atomic bomb-related literature.

One exhibit, “Ishida Hisashi to Nagasaki” portraits the life of Hisashi Ishida (石田壽) whose daughter, Masako Ishida (石田雅子), is well-known as the author of Masako Taorezu (雅子斃れず), a memoir of her atomic bomb experience.

The Prange Collection has the galley, the printing proof, the book by two different publishers, as well as various CCD documents for Masako Taorezu.  Photocopies of some of these materials are showcased in the exhibit.

The other exhibit, “Nagasaki Bungakuten,” is a display of literature related to the atomic bomb, including materials related to Masako Taorezu.

Dr. Kazuhiko Yokote, a Professor at the Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, will hold a public lecture on July 26 in conjunction with these exhibits.  Dr. Yokote has conducted research on Masako Taorezu for many years, which led to the publication of his book entitled, Nagasaki, sono toki no hibaku shōjo : rokujūgo nenme no “Masako taorezu (2010, Tōkyō: Jiji Tsūshin Shuppankyoku.).  According to the lecture flyer, Dr. Yokote will share some newly discovered materials on Masako Taorezu.

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On this day in 1947… (July 18)

This post is a part of continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs).

On July 18, 1947, multiple newspapers attempted to publish an article about a special distribution of clothing for repatriates in Tokyo.  The articles were suppressed, however, and it is unclear whether this news was ever made public.

The digital images below are Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) documents related to the news of the distribution of clothing.  Several newspapers submitted galley proofs and hand-written manuscripts (see the thumbnail below of the Jiji Shimpo galley proof – Prange Call Number 47-loc-0381a”), all of which are housed in the Prange Collection.  The digital images of the galley proofs and manuscripts may be used onsite in the Prange Collection.  For more information, contact prangebunko[at]umd.edu.


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Science Fiction author Komatsu Sakyo’s debut work found in the Prange Collection

We are pleased to announce that the debut work of one of Japan’s most well-known science fiction writers, Komatsu Sakyo, was located in the Prange Collection.  Komatsu wrote this comic book, The Secret of Dr. Skeleton (Kaijin Sukereton Hakase)[Prange Call No. 479-088], in 1948 when he was a high school student.  The book’s theme – a warning against misapplication of modern science and technology — was later the cornerstone of his bestseller, Japan Sinks, published in 1973.  One of Komatsu’s fan readers discovered the book in the National Diet Library Digital Collection of Prange Collection books soon after it was uploaded in March 2014.

We are excited to see the tangible outcome of the NDL-Prange partnership to digitize the Prange Collection books and honored to play a part in finding this invaluable material. Nearly 14,000 books have been scanned to date.  Who knows what other surprises are in store for us?   We look forward to further collaboration with NDL to make all of the books accessible to the public in the hope of another thrilling discovery among the Prange Collection’s treasures.

The discovery made headlines in newspapers across Japan, including The Japan Times.

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The John R. Harold Papers

Harold John R_1946John R. Harold was a Labor Officer and later the Acting Chief of the Labor Relations Branch of the Labor Division of the Supreme Command Allied Powers (SCAP) during the Occupation of Japan.  He was actively involved in the enactment and implementation of the Labor Relations Adjustment Law and in labor education in Japan during the Occupation.


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KamiShibai_documentThe John R. Harold Papers provide an overview of Occupation labor policy as documented in memoranda, correspondence, reports, news dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets and journals. Above is a unique item from the collection — a kami shibai adopted as an educational tool for teaching labor practices. According to Harold, “Dick Deveral, Chief of the Labor Education Branch of the Labor Division, SCAP, developed these paper theatres as part of the educational efforts for the Japanese Trade Unionist.”  (See document at left) The kami shibai — a wooden frame with a scroll inside that was advanced from frame-to-frame — was traditionally used for storytelling on the street.

The collection has been microfilmed.  The microfilm may be used on a self-serve basis in Periodicals on the first floor of McKeldin Library.  The original materials are located in the Prange Collection, as well as a photocopy for access purposes.  Patrons may make an appointment to use the photocopy by contacting the Prange Collection at prangebunko[at]umd.edu.

  • Guide to the papers of John R. Harold – Harold, John R. (Call Number: HD8726.5 .H37 1998, 5 microfilm reels)
  • Living a life of social significance : an autobiography of the professional life of an attorney to the labor movement – Harold, John R. (Call Number: HD8073.H275 H37 1998, 1 microfilm reel)
  • Amerika rōdō kumiaihō kōwa/アメリカ勞働組合法講話 – Harold, John R./ジョン・R・ハロルド (Call Number: HD-0766)  This book, located in the Prange Collection stacks, is non-circulating. To make arrangements to use it, contact the Prange Collection at prangebunko [at] umd.edu.
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Our Blog is One Year Old!

Today marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Prange Collection Blog!  We have used the blog to showcase treasures from the collection, to keep you up-to-date on our activities, and to feature publications for which Prange Collection materials were used.   Thank you for visiting us over the past year!  We welcome your comments.

Below are some statistics from this past year….

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Mayo Oral Histories Internship

Josef Danzcuk

Josef Danzcuk

The Prange Collection, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Department of History, established the Marlene J. Mayo Oral History Internship to process the 100 oral histories in the Mayo Collection.  The internship was first offered in Spring semester 2014.  Josef Danczuk, a UMD undergraduate double-majoring in History and Government & Politics, was the first intern.  Below Josef reflects on his experience.

“As the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories Intern for this past spring semester, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with 100 oral histories. These oral histories are interviews conducted by Professor Emerita Marlene Mayo with Americans who were involved in the Allied Occupation of Japan. My role was to secure releases for these interviews from the interviewees or their heirs so that the oral histories could be available for researchers, scholars and the general public.”

“At the start of my time in the Prange Collection, there were 95 oral histories that did not yet have releases. By the end of the semester, I was able to secure 18 releases and have contacted or retrieved contact information for another 30 oral histories. During my time, I had an incredible opportunity to correspond with some very interesting individuals and their families. Almost every family I contacted requested a copy of the actual oral history so that they could learn more about what their family member had done so many decades ago. I learned a lot from researching and working with these oral histories and discovering more about the Americans involved in the Occupation. It was a great experience and truly opened my mind up to a region and period of history that I have not had experience in before. I am thankful for the Prange Collection Staff, Professor Mayo and the History Department for granting me this wonderful opportunity. “

The internship will be offered again in Fall 2014 to continue the work of securing releases for these valuable oral histories.

For more information about the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories, see this blog post.

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On this day in 1947… (June 14)

In our continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs), we are featuring articles that were submitted to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) “on this day” in 1947.  Below is a CCD document from June 14, 1947.  The deleted portion states, “Since the advance censorship has been banned…”, which may be a reference to the lifting of pre-censorship by GHQ SCAP.

This censorship document was accompanied by a galley proof of the original Japanese newspaper article (not available here).  The headline on the galley is “光る取締りの眼. 惡の温床ダンスホール” and the censored portion reads, “…内容の事前検閲ができなくなったので….”.




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