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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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Censored Children’s Books

Children’s books were also censored by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).   Although a majority of the censored children’s books are story books (yomimono), a handful of picture books (ehon) and comics (manga) were also censored. Unlike the Prange magazines and newspapers, there is little censorship documentation about the books.  One can only speculate why censorship action was taken.

Below are some examples of censored children’s books. For two of the titles, we have included the galley proof and the published version.

Currently, 43 censored children’s books are  available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection. They can be located by doing an Advanced Search and selecting Censorship Action, “Yes”.

Please note that due to copyright restrictions, full-text access is limited to the University of Maryland, College Park campus or onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan.  Bibliographic information for each book, as well as a thumbnail of the cover, is available online.

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Call for Applications: 20th Century Japan Research Awards, 2014-2015

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960.  Holders of the Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply.

The application deadline is November 21, 2014.  The grant must be used by October 30, 2015.

For more information about the Award, please see this page.

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National Comic Book Day!

BLOG_ComicsSeptember 25th is National Comic Book Day!  It’s a great opportunity for us to bring the 2,000 comic books in the Prange Collection to your attention.  They have all been digitized and are available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection (please note that due to copyright restrictions, full-text access is limited to the University of Maryland, College Park campus or onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan).

In the Collection, you will find familiar titles, such as:

  • Metoro porisu ” by Tezuka Osamu (Prange Call Number: 466-064)
  • Norakuro sannintabi”  by Tagawa Suiho (Prange Call Number: 475-071)
  • Sazaesan” by Hasegawa Machiko  (Prange Call Number: 461-002)

See this blog post for the recent discovery of a comic book written by Komatsu Sakyo, a well-known science fiction writer, in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection.   The discovery made national news in Japan.


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