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Accordion Artwork Repair

In 2008, the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), a part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., dismantled an exhibit and was looking for a home for several of the very large pieces. They approached the Prange Collection staff, who was happy to receive the artwork and display it in the collection’s lobby.  The artwork has been displayed there ever since.

Two of the three pieces are oversized copies of well-known works that were cut into strips and applied to an accordion mount.  Each piece incorporates two artworks:  Utagawa Hiroshige’s, From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Nihonbashi, Morning View, & Kitagawa Utamaro’s, At the Foot of Ryogoku Bridge, on one and Katsushika Hokusai’s, From the Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji:  Warm Breeze, Fair Weather, “Red Fuji,” & Utagawa Hiroshige’s, From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido:  Kambara Night Snow, on the other.

Though the works have held up well over the years, they are now beginning to peel off of the mount. Watch as a Prange staff member glues them back down.

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Library Closure (2020)

Otomodachi / おともだち (Prange Call No. 520-221)

The University of Maryland Libraries is closely monitoring the university’s community guidance regarding the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic.  The Hornbake Library North, where the Prange Collection resides, will be closed to public from March 13 to April 10.  The staff members will be working so please contact us if you have any reference questions or duplication orders.

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Digitization of photo albums from the Mead Smith Karras papers

The photo albums in the Mead Smith Karras papers are currently being digitized and may not be requested for use.  Please contact us if you have questions about their availability.

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Preservation: Processing photographs

Have you ever wondered what happens when someone donates photographs to archives?   It depends on the condition of the photographs, but often there are several preservation-related steps that need to be taken before they can be safely preserved and stored.  We’ll show you here the behind-the-scenes processing of photographs as part of our preservation series.

The photographs in the slideshow were donated by the family of Gordon W. Prange (there are 421 photographs in total). They now reside in University Archives at the University of Maryland Libraries as part of the Gordon W. Prange Papers.

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Handwritten manuscripts

We are so accustomed to typing everything on a computer, that it’s hard to believe that just 70 years ago everything was handwritten. The handwritten manuscripts in the Prange Collection are fascinating for just that reason.  It must have been particularly time-consuming for authors who had to submit their manuscripts to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) for pre-censorship review.  There were no copy machines for this purpose (which, again, for most of us is hard to believe), so they would have to hand-write a duplicate copy to submit. Below are some examples.

  • Ma-shireibu shirei Nihon saiken no katei/マ司令部指令と日本再建の過程 by Sato Morio/佐藤守男. Kurume-shi/久留米市: Seinen Jihosha/青年時報社) [Prange Call No. DS-9040v_1m]
  • Kakuseito no seikaku to sono jisseki/各政党の性格とその実績 by Sato Morio/佐藤守男.  Kurume-shi/久留米市: Seinen Jihosha/青年時報社) [Prange Call No. JQ-9018m]
  • Beikoku no rekishi to genjo/米國の歴史と現状 by Higuchi Yataro/樋口彌太郎. [日本青年教育者聯盟出版部], [1946]. [Prange Call No. E-9003v_1m]
  • Rodo hikkei/勞働必携 by Aoyama Naonori/青山尚憲 Miyazaki-shi/宮崎市: Rodo Jihosha/勞働時報社.  [Prange Call No. HD-9045m]
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A Talk by Timothy Smith (University of North Carolina) is now available on YouTube

We are happy to announce that the lunchtime talk by Timothy Smith, Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and recipient of a 20th Century Japan Research Award, is now available on the Prange Collection’s YouTube channel.

His talk was entitled, “Clean Minds, Messy Realities: Shifting Trends in Contemporary Tenrikyō.”  It was delivered on October 8, 2019 at the University of Maryland.

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Recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards for 2020

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards for 2020!

  • Camila Gutiérrez for her topic, “Gendered Visual Narratives: Chicana, Latin American, and Japanese modes of telling.”
  • Daniel Milne for his topic, “Seeds of the Revival of Postwar Tourism in Occupied Japan.”

Camila Gutierrez

Daniel Milne

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.

Each year these partners accept applications for grants to 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.

Holders of a 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.

See this page for more details about the Award.