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On this day in 1948… (January 14)

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

On January 14, 1948, Daiichi Shimbun submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) about the re-opening of buckwheat noodle restaurants in Tokyo.  (Prange Call No. 48-loc-0156)  According to the article, most buckwheat noodle restaurants had been closed due to the Restaurant Prohibition Law, but 500 would re-open soon and would accept ration coupons. The article was suppressed. Though no reason was given for this action, it was not unusual for articles related to food shortages or rationing to be censored.

The Japanese galley proof with the headline, “外食券ソバ: 二月中旬ころ,”  is available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.

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In addition to the books, magazines, and newspapers in the Prange Collection, there are many items that were meant to have short-lived use and value.  These ephemera include leaflets, fliers, and meeting minutes that were circulated at schools, factories, hospitals, and stores.  Submitted to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CDD) for review, they became part of an enduring record in the Prange Collection.

The 147 ephemera have been digitized.  The digital images may be viewed onsite in the Prange Collection or onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL), as part of their Digital Collections.  To search for the ephemera in NDL’s Digital Collection, limit your search by typing “AC-” in the search box.

Here are some examples:

  • “Shirotabi no makichirasu ryukobyo “kubikiri” o bokumetsu shiro!” by Harima Kyodenbu [Prange Call No. AC-0924]
  • “Hiroku shitsuke ni tsuite”by Osaka Furitsu Koto Gakko Seikatsu Shidogakari  [Prange Call No. AC-0927]
  • “Akarui hatarakiyoi daidokoro” by Norinsho Nogyo Kairyokyoku  [Prange Call No. AC-0931]
  • “Gekkan kodomo manga kurabu” by Yuraku Shuppansha [Prange Call No. AC-0947]
  • “‘Kodomo no hi’ bohan no kotoba” by Moji-shi Bohan Kyokai Rengokai  [Prange Call No. AC-1003]
  • “Dai 6-kai bunkasai” by Daiichi Seimei Hoken Sogo Kaisha  [Prange Call No. AC-1036]


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Happy New Year!


Nakayoshi yoiko (Prange Call No. 518-016)

The Prange Collection will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

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Closed for the Holidays

Genkina kodomo (Prange Call No. 518-038)

Genkina kodomo (Prange Call No. 518-038)

The Prange Collection will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2, 2017 for the winter holidays.

Happy Holidays!

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On this day in 1947… (December 20)

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

Control no.:47-loc-1884|Newspaper:The Tokyo Times|Date:12/20/1947|Station:261800|Operator:mb|

47-loc-1884|Newspaper:The Tokyo Times|Date:12/20/1947 (Click to enlarge)

On December 20, 1947, the Tokyo Times reported that the Pope was so impressed with the work of a group of Japanese Catholics to assist disabled veterans, that he sent 10,000 yen in support.  According to the article, the group decided to deliver the entire 10,000 yen donation to the workhouse for disabled veterans on Christmas Day.  The article was initially “Held”, but was eventually passed by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).

The Japanese galley proof, entitled “傷[痍]者の授産場にローマ法王から一萬圓 日本信敎の善行が結完,” is available onsite in the Prange Collection.

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UMD Libraries Newsletter “Illumination” features the Delnore Papers!

The Victor E. Delnore Papers are featured in the current issue of  Illumination, the University of Maryland Libraries’s newsletter (Winter 2016).  See pp. 6-7 for an article on how the UMD Libraries came to acquire the Delnore Papers.  Click “Full Screen” at the bottom of slideshow.

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100th Anniversary of Natsume Soseki’s Death

Today, December 9, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of Natsume Soseki’s death.

There are 74 books by and about Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) in the Prange Collection — three of which are children’s books about Soseki.  The children’s books have been digitized and are available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection.  Full-text access to the children’s books is limited to the University of Maryland, College Park campus.  When accessing the books off-campus, only a thumbnail of the front cover and the bibliographic information are available.

The remaining 71 books are in the Prange general collection.  They have not been digitized, but they are searchable in the University of Maryland Libraries online catalog.  Three of the books were censored by the Civil Censorship Detachment.  See the images below.

  • Natsume Soseki, Kusamakura (Tokyo: Sobunsha, 1946)  (Call No. PL-41964)
  • Natsume Soseki, Kusamakura (Tokyo: Nihonsha, 1947) (Call No. PL-41965)
  • Komiya Toyotaka, Natsume Soseki (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1947) (Call No. PL-41994)