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Congratulations, Award Recipients!

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards for 2015-2016:

 Anastasia Federova

Anastasia Federova

 

Anastasia Federova (Hokkaido University/Yale University) for her proposal, “Marxist Thought and Soviet Culture in Early Cold War Japan”

 

 

 Miriam Kingsberg

Miriam Kingsberg

 

Miriam Kingsberg (University of Colorado at Boulder) for her proposal which is part of a larger project entitled,  “The Objectivity Generation: Japanese Human Scientists in the Transwar World”

 

 Lauri Kitsnik

Lauri Kitsnik

 

Lauri Kitsnik (University of Cambridge) for his proposal, “The Theory and Practice of Scriptwriting during the Allied Occupation”

 

 

 

The Award, first offered in 1999, is co-sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries.  The grants support research in the Gordon W. Prange and East Asia Collections on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960.

See this page for more details about the Award.

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Books in the Literature-General Section (PN) are digitized

We’re pleased to announce that the Prange Collection has scanned a total of 518 items in the Literature-General section.  These books are primarily about poetry, drama, movies, and plays and include materials related to Kabuki, Noh, Utai, Takarazuka Revue, Manga and Rakugo.  Below are some examples.

The digital images of these books are currently only available onsite in the Prange Collection.  Though a majority of these books are uncatalogued, a basic inventory is also available onsite in the Prange Collection.

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Digitization of the Prange Collection Education Books

Education

A sample of Prange Collection education books (click to enlarge)

We are currently scanning the Prange Collection education books, including textbooks, books on curriculum and educational philosophy, and summer workbooks. As the books are being prepared for scanning, they will be unavailable for use.  The list of books that are currently unavailable can be found here.  See this page for general information about the education books, as well as how to search for them in the University of Maryland Libraries Online Catalog.

We’ll give you updates on the scanning of the education books and share with you interesting educational materials as the scanning project progresses.  Stay tuned!

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On this day in 1948… (January 14)

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

Control no.:48-loc-0161|Newspaper:Asahi Shimbun (Chiba)|Date:1/14/1948

Control no.:48-loc-0161|Newspaper:Asahi Shimbun (Chiba)|Date:1/14/1948

On January 14, 1948, Asahi Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun each submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) about GHQ’s distribution of Occupation Army boots and shoes to farmers who complied with the rice delivery requirement.  (Prange Call No. 48-loc-0161, 48-loc-0161a)  The articles were “held” and then “passed”.  They both included details about the number of shoes and their prices, and they stressed that reselling of these goods would be strictly punished.

The Japanese galley proofs (Asahi Shimbun – 48-loc-0161, and Yomiuri Shimbun – 48-loc-0161a) are available onsite in the Prange Collection.

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On this day in 1948… (January 8)

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

On January 8, 1948, Nihon Keizai Shimbun attempted to report that the Norwegian government expressed interest in ordering whaling boats from Japan (“32 whalers, such as one mother boat, 4 catcher boats and 7 tankers”).  The article was suppressed by the Civil Censorship Detachment (Prange Call No. 48-loc-0065). The Japanese galley proof of the article concluded with the following sentence, “資材関係でこれを全部受注することは困難とみられるが新春の造船界に朗報を投げている”, which was translated in the CCD document as, “Due to the shortage of materials, it seems to be impossible to receive the order in all.  But as it is a good news early in the New Year, shipbuilding circles are getting active.”

The Japanese galley proof is available onsite in the Prange Collection.

 

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Happy New Year!

The Prange Collection will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2016.

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Closed for the Holidays

The Prange Collection will be closed from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, January 3, 2016 for the winter holidays.

We will resume our postings in January.  Happy Holidays!

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