Gordon W. Prange (July 16, 1910 – May 15, 1980) was a Professor of History at the University of Maryland from 1937 until shortly before his death in 1980. He took a leave a absence to serve in the Allied Occupation of Japan, an experience that changed the course of his life. His personal papers, including unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, interview notes, research notes and photographs, constitute the Gordon W. Prange Papers. A full finding aid is available in ArchivesUM.
Select materials in the Prange Papers, including a Japanese document describing the planning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a report in Japanese from Allied Occupied Japan entitled, Yellow Book, and a war diary (Task Force Supporting Force Detail Report No. 1. 3rd Battleship (B.B.) Division. [Attack on Pearl Harbor], Japan, December 1941 [Kido butai Shientai Sento Shoho No. 1]), have been digitized and appear in the UMD Libraries’ Digital Collection. Two recordings of Gordon Prange’s lectures from May 1976 are also available, but access is limited to the University of Maryland, College Park campus. It is noted in the ArchivesUM finding aid if an item is available online.
The Gordon W. Prange Papers may be used in the Maryland Room on the first floor of Hornbake Library North. For more information, send an email to askhornbake[at]umd.edu.