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Censored Newspaper Articles

The 18,047 newspaper titles in the Gordon W. Prange Collection constitute the largest collection anywhere (including Japan) of Japanese-language newspapers published during the immediate post-World War II period.  Within this collection are major dailies such as Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, and Yomiuri Shimbun, including their local editions. The Collection also includes less frequently issued newspapers such as Kumamoto Minyu Shimbun, Nihon Fujin Shimbun (Tokyo), Aoba Shimbun (Miyagi), Yakyujin (Tokyo), and Kanshiki Nyusu (Hyogo), as well as newsletters produced by political parties, labor unions, farming cooperatives, literary societies, educational organizations, and students.

The published versions of the Prange Collection newspapers were microfilmed in the 1990s.  The censored newspaper articles (CNAs) had yet to be organized and, therefore, were not microfilmed at that time. In March 2014, we began scanning the CNAs, with a projected completion date of January 2015. Access to the CNAs is restricted until the scanning is completed. Please contact prangebunko[at]umd.edu, for more information.

The CNAs are comprised of the following items:

  • Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) documents (English)
  • News releases (primarily English & Japanese)
  • Newspaper article galley proofs (primarily English & Japanese)
  • Photographs (a small number)

The collection is organized into Foreign News and Local News and then chronologically. The vast majority of the articles are from the years 1947 and 1948, with a limited number of items from 1945, 1946, and 1949.

Below are examples of a CNAs with the following actions taken:  Pass, Delete, Suppress.

As the CNAs are scanned over the next several months, we will share with you additional samples from the collection.

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23 comments on “Censored Newspaper Articles

  1. […] promised in an earlier post, over the next several months we will be sharing documents from the Censored Newspaper Articles […]

  2. […] we have now created a Flickr set of CCD documents for newspapers.  These documents are part of the Censored Newspaper Articles, which we are currently digitizing.  This new set completes our Flickr gallery of “Sample […]

  3. […] newly digitized Censored Newspapers Articles  are replete with articles about labor and the labor movement.  Examples are: [Click images below […]

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  5. […] print galley proofs, censorship documents, or wired news dispatches.  Metadata creation for the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNA) began in March 2013.  Digitization began in March 2014 and was completed in December […]

  6. […] could safely handle the materials and could capture as much of the content as possible. Many of the Censored Newspaper Articles, which were scanned between March and December 2014, fall into this […]

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