Michelle Glazer, a Mayo J. Mayo Oral Histories Intern in the Prange Collection in Spring 2016, is one of the winners for this year’s Library Award for Undergraduate Research! Sponsored by the University of Maryland Libraries, the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research and Maryland’s iSchool, the award rewards excellent research projects by the UMD undergraduate students.
Michelle’s research paper title is, “Americans on the Defense Team in the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, 1946 – 1948: Understanding the Mentality Behind Defending the “Enemy.”
In her application essay, Michelle explains how her internship at the Prange Collection helped her to shape the research topic. Below is an excerpt:
“For the Spring 2016 semester, I accepted an internship with the Gordon W. Prange
Collection. At the internship, I was tasked with writing interviewee biographies for oral histories from Americans in Occupied Japan for those with the last names J through Z. When I got to W, one person in particular stood out. Carrington Williams was a defense lawyer during the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE). As I listened to him talk about his experience, I realized that he, an American, was discussing defending Japanese war criminals. I was fascinated.”