We are happy to announce that the lunchtime talk by Robert Hegwood, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of a 20th Century Japan Research Award, is now available on the Prange Collection’s YouTube channel. His talk is entitled ““Rebuilding Japan’s Image: Japanese Americans and Japan’s Postwar Grassroots Diplomacy.” It was delivered on September 21, 2017 at the University of Maryland.
On March 21 through 25, 2018, several Prange Collection staff members attended an annual conference of Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) as well as an annual conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), held in Washington DC.
At the CEAL conference, Prange Collection Curator, Yukako Tatsumi, presented in two panels. The first one was entitled, “FAQs on the Gordon W. Prange Collection.” See her presentation slides below. She then presented with other two Japanese Studies Librarians in the North America for the second part of presentation. The presentation was entitled “Constructing a Comprehensive Scope of Allied Occupation Resources.”
In addition, the Prange Collection offered a tour of the Prange Collection to the CEAL members and researchers on March 23. A total of 22 people visited the Prange Collection in the afternoon for the stack tour, a visit to Nichimy Cooperation’s digitization room (Prange Collection scanning vendor) and the chance to view several original materials. Thank you very much for those who took time to visit us!
“Bringing the Archives of Wartime and Occupied Japan to Life: Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors” – Panel Discussion @ UCLA
On Monday, April 30, at 12-2pm, the UCLA East Asian Library will host a panel discussion event on Japanese archival materials. This event is sponsored by UCLA East Asian Library and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. This is also a part of UCLA East Asian Library’s 70th anniversary celebration program. The title of the panel discussion is “Bringing the Archives of Wartime and Occupied Japan to Life: Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors.”
If you are interested in, please register at http://bit.ly/2qnBLjj.
Celebrating the University of Maryland Libraries’ donation of the digital copies of Victor Delnore Papers to the city of Nagasaki, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is holding an exhibition, “Victor Delnore Exhibition” between March 9 through July 31, 2018.
For more details, please visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum’s website (Japanese only).
Saturday, April 28 is Maryland Day!
It is the University of Maryland’s annual open house event, and we’re celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. We will offer Origami and Calligraphy tables at the 1st floor of Hornbake Library North from 10am to 4pm. Come visit us!
[This is a guest post written by Ashley Victoria Haddix, an iSchool Field Studies Intern for Fall 2017 in the Prange Collection. Also see her personal reflection blog post.]
During my time with the Prange Collection, I was given the opportunity to process the Mead Smith Karras Papers, a gift collection of her personal and profession papers given by her husband George Karras.
Mead Smith Karras was an Economist for the Labor Division of the Allied Occupation Forces in Japan from 1946 to 1949. Her work helping to establish the Women’s and Minors’ Bureau, as well as working with others to develop policies that enforced the Japanese Fair Labor Standards Act, offer a unique intersection of Women’s History, Labor Rights, and Post-War Japan.
The collection contains official monthly reports that were produced for the General Headquarters for the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, and contain information about wages, labor legislation, union members, labor disputes, and various other details that illustrate the growth and change of the labor force during the rebuilding of Japan.
The collection also contains unique materials like the kamishibai (“paper theater stories”) and posters created by the Labor Division to illustrate safety in the workplace to minor workers and promote conferences for women to attend to learn about advocating for themselves to their unions. There are also letters written to Mead Smith Karras by the women field representatives of the Women’s and Minors’ Union when she departed Japan in 1949 that express their gratitude for the support she had given them during her time in Japan. These pieces show that not only was she effective in developing and implementing policy, but also in developing relationships with the women and workers in the field.
The Mead Smith Karras papers offer an in depth look at an important facet of Post-War Japan and complement several other gift collections within the Prange Collection.
More information about the collection can be found in the finding aid: