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The UMD Libraries celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  As a part of the celebration, Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland Libraries opened an exhibition, “Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz”.   The exhibit takes place in the Maryland Room Gallery on the 1st Floor of Hornbake Library North and will be on display from October 2015 through July 2016.

The Prange Collection also holds several Alice-related materials — translations into Japanese of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, as well as adaptations for teaching materials and young children’s magazines.  You can view this mini-exhibit, Alice in Japan, in the Maryland Room (adjacent to the Maryland Room Gallery), September 2015 through December 2015.

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Campus Club Fall Tea

On September 24, 2015, we were honored to host the Campus Club Fall Tea in the Prange Collection.  Founded in 1938, the Campus Club’s purpose is “to unite women of the university community for the promotion of their common interests in intellectual, social and civic affairs.” Its members include faculty, staff, faculty spouses, and alumnae.

For the event, we displayed Prange materials related to women during the Occupation.  The mini-exhibit was divided into the following categories:  Home & Family, Women in Popular Culture, Women’s Magazines, and the Mead Smith Karras Papers (a newly acquired gift collection that documents Karras’s responsibilities for developing and working with U.S. and Japanese officials to carry out Occupation policies on problems affecting women and minor workers).

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The Victor E. Delnore Papers are online!

The Victor Delnore Papers have been digitized and can be found in Digital Collections @ the University of Maryland.

One of the interesting items in the collection is a scrapbook documenting his time in Nagasaki that Delnore received as a farewell gift from the citizens of Nagasaki.  The scrapbook includes Delnore’s 1948 address at the first Nagasaki ceremony commemorating victims of the atomic bombing.  Below are sample images from the collection.

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Shochiku Otani Toshokan to digitize 330 censored Kabuki scripts

As reported in Yomiuri Online (September 28, 2015), Shochiku Otani Toshokan is preparing to digitize approximately 330 censored Kabuki scripts and will provide online access to the scripts beginning in March 2017.

For more information about censorship of Kabuki during the Allied Occupation of Japan, see The Man Who Saved Kabuki: Faubion Bowers and Theatre Censorship in Occupied JapanAs far as we know (some of our materials are still unprocessed), there are no Kabuki scripts in the Prange Collection.  However, we do have a lengthy interview with Faubion Bowers (1 hour, 51 minutes, conducted by Marlene Mayo on July 22, 1982), which is part of the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories. Currently, the interview is only available onsite in audio; we are in the process of transcribing it.  For more information about the interview, contact prangebunko@umd.edu. 

Columbia University’s Oral History Center also has an interview with Faubion Bowers conducted in 1960.

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On this day in 1947… (September 25)

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

Toru Shimizu (清水澄, 1868-1947), the last chair of the Privy Council of Japan (枢密院), committed suicide in Atami on September 25, 1947.  The news was reported in many newspapers in Japan, but not before articles about the suicide were censored by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).

Asahi Shimbun (47-loc-1017) attempted to publish the entire suicide note, but the last sentence was deleted by the CCD.  In Japanese, the sentence reads, “小生の水死したるは楚の名臣屈原にならいたるなり”.  It refers to the Chinese vassal Kutsugen, who (according to a note by the CCD examiner that accompanied Mainichi Shimbun article 47-loc-1017a) lived in the age of “So” and was exiled from his country on a false charge.  During his exile, he continued to be loyal to the Emperor.  Upon hearing of the Emperor’s death, he drowned himself.  Shimizu wrote that he was emulating Kutsugen when he took his own life.

The same sentence was also deleted in other articles submitted by Mainichi Shimbun (47-loc-1017b, 1017c), Chubu Nihon Shimbun (47-loc-1017d), and Kyodo Tsushin (47-loc-1017g).  Articles submitted by Jiji Shimpo (47-loc-1017e) and Yomiuri Shimbun (47-loc-1017h) did not mention Kutsugen and were passed without deletions.  An article by Kyodo Shashin Tsushin (47-loc-1017f) included a photograph of Shimizu and his suicide note.  It also included deletions.  The Japanese galley proofs of the articles are available in digital form onsite in the Prange Collection.

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Call for Applications: 20th Century Japan Research Awards, 2015-2016

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 20, 2015.  The grant must be used by October 28, 2016.

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

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Select transcripts from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories now available online

We have recently updated the webpage for the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories.  Now the transcripts for which the Prange Collection has permissions are available online. Simply click the PDF links under the lists of interviewee’s name, and you will be able to read the transcript, full-text. The audio of these interviews, as well as the rest of the transcripts, are available onsite in the Prange Collection.


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