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“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy” – blog post by University Archives

A blog post from the University Archives, University of Maryland.

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

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Newly Acquired Secondary Sources on the Occupation (2015) – Part II

blog_newaquisition2015_partiiBelow are secondary sources on the Occupation period that the Prange Collection has acquired this calendar year.  Also see Part I (2015) and last year’s post for the books published in 2014.



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20th Century Japan Research Award 2016-2017: Deadline Extended

The application deadline for the 20th Century Japan Research Award 2016-2017 is extended to January 31, 2017.   See this page for details.  

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An Interview with Faubion Bowers: From Mayo Oral Histories

This post is the first in a series featuring interviews from the Marlene Mayo Oral Histories.  Currently, 29 of the oral history transcripts are available onlineThe remainder are available onsite in the Prange Collection.

On July 22, 1982, Professor Marlene Mayo interviewed Faubion Bowers (January 29, 1917 – November 17, 1999) in the Bird Room at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Bowers was interpreter for and Military Secretary to General MacArthur during the Occupation of Japan.  He is perhaps most well-known for later serving as the censor for GHQ who lifted the ban on Kabuki. In the interview, he discussed, among other things, his early life and education,  his introduction to Kabuki, his language training at the Presidio and at Camp Savage, his service in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines, his participation in the advance landing at Atsugi airfield on August 28, 1945, his role in preparing the American Embassy for MacArthur, his knowledge of MacArthur’s meeting with the Emperor on September 26, 1945, and his role as a censor.

The interview also includes his frank impressions of Kai Rasmussen, Sidney Mashbir, John Dickey, John Aiso, John Anderton, John Shelton, Charles Tench, George Atcheson, Jr., Earl Ernst, and Douglas MacArthur.

This interview is included in the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories.  Bowers was also interviewed by Beate Gordon at Columbia University in 1960.

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Thanksgiving holidays 2016


Ohisama (Prange Call No. 518-046)

The Prange Collection will be closed from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Featured Publication: Reference Service and Bibliography, No. 77 [Reader Services and Collections Development, National Diet Library of Japan: March 2016]

blog_reference-service-and-bibliography“Reference Service and Bibliography” is one of the NDL’s periodicals that highlights its reference services, the latest scholarly resources, and bibliographical information.  Issue No. 77 features NDL’s long-standing initiative to collect resources related to the Allied Occupation of Japan, which was launched in 1977. It contains the conference proceedings, “Outreach Initiatives of the Gordon W. Prange Collection,” by the Prange Collection Curator, Yukako Tatsumi, which was presented in February 2015 at the NDL. Full text of the contents is digitally accessible on the NDL’s Research Navi website.

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Featured Education book – Hokkaido no shakaika kyoiku

In September 2015, we began digitizing the education books in the Prange Collection.  We’ll share interesting educational materials with you as the scanning project progresses.  A list of posts in this series can be found here

When a Prange staff member was preparing “Hokkaido no shakaika kyoiku [北海道の社會科敎育]” (Call No. 411-0044) for digitization, one page caught her eye.  The book, edited by Hokkaido Shakaika Kyoiku Kenkyukai [北海道社會科敎育研究會], describes the basic structure of a social science class and teaching techniques.  On the end paper of the book, there is an advertisement for “Akarui mado,” an educational wall newspaper/poster intended for classroom use.  The Prange Collection holds ten issues of “Akarui mado.”  See examples below.

Click the images below to enlarge.  The digital images  of “Hokkaido no shakaika kyoiku” are available onsite in the Prange Collection.