The Prange Collection will be closed between Thursday, November 28 and Sunday, December 1, due to the Thanksgiving holidays.
We will resume our postings in December. Have a great Thanksgiving!
The government shutdown had its unexpected benefits. In our case, Japanese researchers who had intended to do work at National Archives visited the Prange Collection instead. One group was a delegation from Nagasaki that included Mr. Yoshitoshi Fukahori (84 years old), an atomic bomb survivor. In the summer of 1978, he and five other survivors established a private group to collect and research photographic records of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. The group was reorganized in 1983 as a committee of the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace. They have located approximately 4,000 photographs taken by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, civilians, the Japanese Army, and journalists.
The timing of their visit was fortuitous. In 2012, we acquired the Victor E. Delnore Papers, which includes an album with photographs of Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped. Mr. Fukahori pored over the album. He discovered photographs, hand-drawn maps, and newspaper clippings that he had never seen before.
In addition to the Delnore Papers, the Prange Collection has many Nagasaki-related materials, most notably Masako taorezu by Masako Ishida and Nagasaki no kane by Takashi Nagai.
Mr. Fukahori was accompanied by staff from the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the City of Nagasaki, as well as a journalist from Yomiuri Shimbun, who covered his trip to the U.S. Below are links to two articles about his visit.
After eight years of scanning the Prange Book Collection, we have reached the millionth image! This is a significant milestone and an indication of the broad scope of this project. There is still much work to do, but we are fortunate to have the support of the National Diet Library of Japan as a partner and resource for the long-term. The Book Collection reflects all that was happening on the streets, in homes, in the academies and in the political arena in Japan during the early years of the Occupation, 1945-1949. We hope to eventually bring all of these books to you (full-text), in the comfort of your own home or office, as soon as they are in the public domain!
The article above appeared on the back cover of the September 2013 issue of the University of Maryland faculty and staff newsletter, BTC (Between the Columns).
On October 8, 2013, the Prange Collection, in collaboration with the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), hosted an Open House to usher in the new academic year. Faculty from the History Department, members of CEAS and UMD students studying East Asia attended the event. Original materials from the Prange Collection and the Gordon W. Prange Papers were displayed. Dan Mack (Director of Collection Management & Special Collections), Seung-Kyung Kim (Director of CEAS and Chair of Women’s Studies), and Bernard Cooperman (Director of the Miller Center for Historical Studies) spoke.
The event was so successful that it is destined to become an annual event!
As the UMD Libraries are gearing up to celebrate Halloween with a live reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, it made me think, would the Prange Collection have anything to add to the festivities? What would be more appropriate than the works of Edogawa Ranpo! Hirai Tarō (平井 太郎 , October 21, 1894 – July 28, 1965), better known by the pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川 乱歩), published extensively during the Occupation. His scary, creepy and often raunchy works include, “Kumootoko/蜘蛛男,” “Kyofuo/恐怖王” and “Kurotokage/黒蜥蜴.”
In addition to monographs, Edogawa wrote numerous articles and stories in literary magazines, one of which was a new magazine, Jewels (宝石 Hōseki), dedicated to mystery fiction. Happy Halloween!
Between 1978 and 1992, Marlene Mayo, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, and one assistant conducted 100 interviews with Americans who planned or served in the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952. The interviewees worked in a variety of political, legal, economic, educational, and cultural activities at all levels and form a cross-section of Americans involved in the Occupation. The oral histories have been donated to the UM Libraries and are housed in the Gordon W. Prange Collection.
The interviews, originally recorded on cassette tapes, have been digitized. The UM Libraries are seeking an undergraduate intern for spring semester 2014 to assist with making the oral histories widely accessible online. The intern will be seeking releases from the interviewees or their estates, compiling basic bibliographic information about the interviewees, and potentially assisting with web development.
The internship is limited to History majors at the University of Maryland, College Park with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students will register for History 386 to get course credit (also involves a research paper).
To apply, please send a cover letter, a resume, and one letter of recommendation from a professor in the History Department to: Professor Julie Taddeo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submissions only.
Deadline for the submission of applications is November 10, 2013.