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“What is the most researched topic in the Prange Collection?”

A patron once asked a Prange Collection staff member, “What is the most popular research topic in the Prange Collection?”  That was not an easy question to answer.  Over the years, scholars have researched a wide range of topics, including jazz, baseball, the development of the bullet train, and the pharmaceutical industry.  The Prange Collection holds materials on virtually every subject, and the research topics are endless.

However, two areas of study have attracted the attention of many scholars over the years: 1.  Korean residents in Japan during the Occupation, and 2.  the atomic bombs (Hiroshima/Nagasaki). Below are examples of publications on these topics that incorporated findings from research in the Prange Collection:

Korean Residents in Japan:

  • “The Korean press in Japan after World War II and its censorship by occupation authorities.” (Yoon, Heesang. 2004.) College Park, Md: University of Maryland. http://hdl.handle.net/1903/199.
  • “Zainichi Chōsenjin no media kūkan: GHQ senryōki ni okeru shinbun hakkō to sono dainamizumu.” (Kobayashi, Sōmei. 2007.  Tōkyō: Fūkyōsha.)
  • “GHQ占領期における在日朝鮮人団体機関紙の書誌的研究”. Intelligence.(12): 38-50. (小林聡明. 2012)
  • “戦後占領期の朝鮮人学校教科書に見る「民族意識」 : プランゲ文庫所蔵の史料を通して”. Intelligence. (12): 51-59. (池貞姫. 2012.)

The Atomic Bombs (Hiroshima and Nagasaki):

  • “The Atomic bomb suppressed : American censorship in Japan, 1945-1949″  (Braw, Monica, Göran Rystad, and Sven Tägil. 1986. Malmo, Sweden: Liber International.)
  • “原爆報道と検閲.” Intelligence. (2003): 42-47. (中川正美. 2003)
  • “GHQ/SCAP占領下の原爆表現–ccd(民間検閲支隊)の検閲をめぐって.” 国語教育研究 / 広島大学国語教育会 編. (2008): 1-17. (岩崎文人. 2008.)
  • “Genbaku to Ken’etsu: Amerikajin Kishatachi Ga Mita Hiroshima, Nagasaki.” (Shigesawa, Atsuko. 2010. Tōkyō: Chūō Kōron Shinsha.)
  • “Senryōki no shuppan media to puresukōdo : sengo Hiroshima no bungei katsudō” (Hiroshima-shi Bunka Kyōkai. 2013. )
  • “被爆者はどこに行ったのか? : 占領下の原爆言説をめぐって”. Intelligence.(13): 92-104. (石川巧. 2013.)
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Pocket notebooks and diaries

The directive was clear:   All print publications, no matter the format or content, must be submitted to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) for review.  That meant everything.  So, for example, notebooks and diaries, even if they were blank (see image above), were submitted to the CCD.  In some cases, they were censored.

The notebooks and diaries have not been digitized yet, but they may be used onsite in the Prange Collection.  A basic inventory is available.  If you are interested in using these materials, please contact us at prangebunko[at]umd.edu.

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Fall Open House 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, the Prange Collection hosted its annual Open House. This year, the event was used as an opportunity to officially welcome the new Curator of the Prange Collection, Dr. Yukako Tatsumi, to the UMD Libraries and to the broader campus community.  In addition, original materials from the Prange Collection were exhibited, and University Archives displayed materials from the Gordon W. Prange Papers.  As a part of a short program, remarks were made by the following people:

For the report from Open House 2013, see this post.

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Ready for Halloween?

Halloweek2014The UMD Libraries take Halloween very seriously.  So much so that we have decided to fill the week leading up to Halloween (10/31) with events and activities related to all that is spooky = HALLOWEEK!   See this facebook page for more details on Halloweek.

The finale of Halloweek will be a Halloween Party at Hornbake Library North, where the Prange Collection is located.  The UMD campus community is invited to enjoy food and candy, to take pictures in costumes at a photo booth, and to listen to a live reading of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (the UMD Libraries have a prized first edition of The Raven and Other Poems published by Wiley and Putnam in  1845).

As part of the celebration, there are two display cases in the Maryland Room (the Special Collections reading room in Hornbake Library North) featuring spooky materials from Special Collections and University Archives.  One display case is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe.  Last year, the Prange Collection created a blog post about Hirai Tarō (平井 太郎, 1894 – 1965), better known by his pen name, Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川乱歩, a rendering of Edgar Allan Poe).   Four of Edogawa Ranpo’s books are currently on display in the Edgar Allan Poe case.

The Prange Collection has over 60 books and more than 200 magazine articles written or edited by Edogawa Ranpo.  Some of them have been digitized and are available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection.  Examples are:

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News Agency Photographs

The Prange Collection contains approximately 10,000 news agency photographs that were submitted to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) by Kyodo, Jiji and Sun News Agencies in 1948 and 1949.  Each photograph is accompanied by a description in Japanese.  Note that a few of the photographs were censored and are part of the Prange Censored Newspaper Articles.   Basic inventories for the news agency photographs are available (as PDFs) on the Prange website.  The photographs may be used onsite in the Prange Collection.  See this page if you wish to request the materials.


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Presentation at EAJRS

The Prange Collection Curator, Yukako Tatsumi, gave a presentation at the annual conference of the European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS), which was held in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven, Belgium, September 17-20.  The title of her presentation was, “Transcending Occupation Censorship Studies: Scholarly Progress and Evolution of Access to the Gordon W. Prange Collection Materials.”  Her PowerPoint presentation is below.

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A Talk by Dr. Emer O’Dwyer (Oberlin College)

BLOG_O'Dwyer talk_flyerDr. Emer O’Dwyer, Assistant Professor, Oberlin College and recipient of a 20th Century Japan Research Award, will give a talk in 2120 Francis Scott Key Building, University of Maryland on Thursday, October 23 at 12:00pm.  The title of her talk is “Exposed!: “Disclosure Magazines” in Post-Surrender Japan.”

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Libraries and the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies. The event is free and open to  the public. Please RSVP to millercenter@umd.edu.


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