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On this day in 1947… (October 26)

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

In early 1946, the Emperor began touring Japan as part of a public relations campaign by GHQ and Japanese conservative elites to transform the Emperor from a quasi-diety to a ceremonial head of state. His trips were closely followed and were covered extensively by newspapers, both local and national dailies.  There are several articles in the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs) that mention or deal directly with these trips.  Some of the articles were censored by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).

Below are two articles that refer to the Emperor’s trip to Ishikawa Prefecture from October 26 to 30, 1947.  The deleted section of the Yomiuri Shimbun galley proof reads, “組合側では陛下巡幸の廿八日を期してサボに入ることを準備し.”  (Click the image to enlarge.)

The Emperor’s trips were also memorialized in several books in the Prange Collection.  Below are some examples.

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Archives Fair 2016

On October 5, 2016, the Prange Collection participated the Archives Fair 2016 held at the National Museum of American History.  The Archives Fair is sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference DC and Maryland Caucuses, and the National Archives Assembly.  The Prange Collection participated as one of archives presenters, along with the UMD Libraries Labor Collections and University Archives.  The other participants included Freer and Sackler Galleries and National Archives and Records Administration.  See the pictures below.

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Featured Publication: “Publications for Children Under the Occupation of Japan and GHQ’s Censorship [Kyodo Bunkasha: June 2016]


Eiko, Tani. Senryōka no jidō shuppanbutsu to jīeichikyū no ken’etsu : gōdon daburyū purange bunko ni saguru/占領下の児童出版物とGHQの検閱 : ゴードンW.プランゲ文庫に探る. Kyōdō Bunkasha, 2016. 

This book illuminates the ways in which GHQ/SCAP censored children’s publications issued during the Allied Occupation of Japan, including books, magazines, newspapers, kamishibai and more. This research reveals that, at a minimum, a total of 8,000 titles of children’s books, 375 children’s magazines titles, and 292 children’s newspapers titles were published during the Occupation period.  Historical scholarship of children’s literature and culture indicates that no other historical time period matches these four years in terms of the quantity and variety of children’s publications.  All of the books, magazines, and newspapers discussed in this publication are housed and accessible in the Prange Collection.

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Featured Education book – rosters

In September 2015, we began scanning the education books.  We’ll share with you interesting educational materials as the scanning project progresses.  

There are approximately 40 rosters within the education books (as of January 2016). These rosters, particularly from small organizations, may well be unique to the Prange Collection. See below for some examples. They are searchable in the University of Maryland Online Catalog. The digital images of these books are available onsite in the Prange Collection.

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“Shiroto Engeki” from the Literature-General Section (PN)

Last year, the Prange Collection completed the scanning of 518 items in the Literature-General section (Call numbers in this section start with PN).  One interesting item from that section is “Shiroto Engeki” (=Amateur Play) by Oyama Isao (Tokyo: Maya Shobo, 1947). (Prange Call No. PN-0287)  It consists of two chapters: Chapter 1, “Theory of the amateur play,” and Chapter 2, “Reality of the amateur play.”  It addresses trends in the amateur play world, including its critics, history, effective practices, and stage facilities.

Chapter 1, Section 9, “Amateur Play and New Play,” quoted an order from General Headquarters (GHQ) requiring all scenarios to be submitted to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).  Any mention of censorship was prohibited, so this section was deleted.  Also, Chapter 2, Section 2, “Order of practice,” briefly mentioned censorship; that section as also deleted.  See the images below to compare pages from the galley proofs and the published versions.

The digital images of these books are currently only available onsite in the Prange Collection.  Though a majority of these books are uncatalogued, a basic inventory is also available onsite in the Prange Collection.

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On this day in 1947… (September 18)

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

Control no.:47-loc-0841|Newspaper:Shimbun no Shimbun|Date:9/18/1947|Station:255100|Operator:hl|

Control no.:47-loc-0841|Newspaper:Shimbun no Shimbun|Date:9/18/1947

On September 18, 1947, Shimbun no shimbun submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) regarding water damage in the Kanto area caused by Typhoon Kathleen.  (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0841)  In addition to reporting on damages caused by the typhoon, the article addressed coverage of the flooding by Tokyo newspapers.  It was noted that Asahi Shimbun may have been given “special convenience by GHQ” and, therefore, became the “sole possessor of the photographs.”  This section was deleted by the CCD.  The Japanese galley proof read, “朝日紙は現地支局の通信員と本社社會部の大半を動員している…(中略) GHQ側より特別の便宜を與えて貰つたのか、十六日附に水害地の空中寫眞を載せた、各社ひとしく待望するところであつたが、朝日の獨占になり、寫眞面では他を壓した.”  The underlined section was marked for deletion.

The Japanese galley proof 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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A Talk by Dr. Miriam Kingsberg (University of Colorado Boulder)

blog_kingsberg_talk-flyerDr. Miriam Kingsberg, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder and recipient of a 20th Century Japan Research Award, will give a talk on “The Field Generation: Japanese Human Scientists in the Transwar World” on Thursday, September 29, 12:30-1:30pm in 2120 Francis Scott Key Hall, University of Maryland.

The event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Libraries and the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to 301-405-4299 or  millercenter@umd.edu to reserve your lunch.