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How do I create an account in Aeon (the new online material request system)?

Starting August 1, all researchers using Special Collections and University Archives, the Gordon W. Prange Collection, and Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland will need to create an online account in Aeon to take a tour of the Collection, to request materials for use onsite in the Prange Collection or to place a duplication order.  In this post, we will explain how to create an account.

How Do I Create an Account?

1) Go to https://aeon.lib.umd.edu/logon/.   If you are not affiliated with the University of Maryland (UMD), click Guest Login.


2) If this is your first time using Aeon, click the First Time Users link.


3) You are now on the Researcher Registration Page.   PLEASE READ THIS PAGE CAREFULLY, as this page explains the rules and regulations of the  Prange Collection.  Click First Time Users Click Here at the bottom of page.


4) Fill out the New User Registration Form. The fields with red asterisks are required. Please remember your Username and Password.  You will need to log in to Aeon every time you wish to request Prange Collection materials.


In order to best serve you, please create an account prior to your visit to the Prange Collection.  If you are unable to create an account in advance of your arrival, you may create an account onsite in the Prange Collection. Prange staff will be available to assist you.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

In the next post, we will explain how to request Prange Collection materials using Aeon.

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The Prange Collection featured on Academic Preservation Trust website

The University of Maryland is a member of the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), which, according to its website,

“…is committed to the creation and management of a sustainable environment for digital preservation. APTrust’s aggregated preservation repository will solve one of the greatest challenges facing research libraries and their parent institutions – preventing the permanent loss of scholarship and cultural records being produced today.”

The Prange Collection is featured on the APTrust home page.  Scroll down and click “Vast Japanese Collection Saved, University of Maryland.”


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Greetings from the New Curator of the Prange Collection!

BLOG_Tatsumi photoMy name is Yukako Tatsumi, and I am the new Prange Collection Curator.  I came into this position with doctoral research expertise and professional librarianship experience.  My dissertation research investigated the life and work of two Japanese women, who became women’s higher education reformers in early 20th century Japan.  I explored an array of archival materials and discovered the joys and the excitement of working with them.  I was fascinated by the power of primary source materials to contextualize these women’s lives and shape the contours of the time and space in which they lived.  I was also thrilled to weave these documentary contents into previously unknown features of the Japanese prewar educational landscape.  This research experience fostered my aspirations to become a memory institution professional and channeled me into an academic librarianship career at the George Washington University.  I supported GWU’s strong commitment to advancing historical scholarship on Japanese colonialism and gained insights into documents on the Second World War in East Asia, specifically through its research program, “Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific.”  I hope to apply my academic specialties and resource knowledge to analysis on the Prange materials and highlight their potential to illuminate the intersection of historical transformation and continuity in Occupied Japan.  I look forward to enhancing research support services and welcoming many scholars from around the world to the Prange Collection, which is a special source of pride for my alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Exhibits in Nagasaki

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

One exhibit, “Ishida Hisashi to Nagasaki” portrays 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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