How many of us use telephone directories today? Not many. Most Millennials probably don’t even know what the Yellow Pages are. During the Occupation, however, telephone books were a prized commodity that were only available to privileged individuals or companies. The telephone directories in the Prange Collection are valuable primary resources. They can be used to locate information about local government offices that have moved or are no longer extant or to find the names of company executives. Telephone directories were disposable; updated versions were distributed annually or bi-annually. We suspect, therefore, that many of telephone directories in the Prange Collection are unique.
The telephone directories in the Prange Collection have been processed as part of the Prange reference collection and fall within the following call number ranges: AY-0001~0671 and AY-9001~9010. They have been scanned. The digital surrogates are available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan. You can search the telephone directories in the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) Digital Collections. Type “AY-” in the search box and check the box “Available only at the NDL”.