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Thanksgiving holidays (2020)

The Prange Collection will be closed from Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holidays. Have a great Thanksgiving!

On this day in 1949… (November 13)

On November 13, 1949, Sun News/サンニュース submitted a news photograph to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) entitled, “How to Make a Christmas Cake/クリスマスケーキの作り方” (Prange Call No. S4622).   The photo was taken at a school for nutrition studies in Tokyo. It shows the instructor demonstrating how to make the cake, while female students gather round […]

An Interview with Edwin Reischauer from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories

This post is a part of the series featuring interviews from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories.  A majority of the transcripts of the interviews are now available in the University of Maryland Libraries Archival Collections.  For other featured oral histories, see this page.   Today is Edwin Reischauer‘s birthday! Marlene Mayo interviewed Professor Edwin Reischauer […]

Featured Publication: Kokosei undo no rekishi : shinsei koko seitokai rengo rokujunen anpo koko funso han kanri shugi

Takahashi, Yuzo/高橋雄造. Kōkōsei undō no rekishi : shinsei kōkō seitokai rengō rokujūnen anpo kōkō funsō han kanri shugi/高校生運動の歴史 : 新制高校・生徒会連合・60年安保・”高校紛争”・反管理主義. Akashi Shoten/明石書店, 2020 This book printed two newspapers from the Prange Collection’s holdings – 五高プラウダ: 日本共産党五高細胞機関紙 and 學生戦線.

Celebrating National Comic Book Day: Blondie

September 25th is National Comic Book Day!  To celebrate, we’re featuring an iconic American comic that also had an audience in Japan, Blondie. Blondie was created by Murat Bernard “Chic” Young and was first published on September 8, 1930. It depicts the life of Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead and their American middle-class life in the […]

On this day in 1947… (September 23)

This post is part of a continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs). On September 23, 1947, Nihon Keizai Shinbun submitted a very short article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) with the headline, “長野の松葉ぼうき輸出 [Bamboo brooms made in Nagano Prefecture to be exported] (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0943). The article was placed on “Hold,” but […]

On this day in 1947… (August 26)

This post is part of a continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs). On August 26, 1947, Shinbun no shinbun (新聞之新聞) submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) with the headline, “共同宮崎記者結婚” [Miss MIYAZAKi got married] (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0651). A portion of the article was marked for deletion by the CCD examiner, […]

Preservation: Happy Abacus Day!

Today, August 8, is Abacus Day in Japan!  The Prange Collection has several books on how to use the abacus. These books are often bound at the corner, so that a student can easily turn the page with one hand while using an abacus with the other. Unfortunately, a corner-bound book is difficult to digitize […]

On this day in 1948… (August 1)

On August 1, 1948, Sun News/サンニュース submitted a photograph to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) entitled, “First Day of Working Women Conference/働く婦人の会第一日”  (Prange Call No. S212). The woman on the stage in the photo is Ms. Kikue Yamakawa (山川菊栄), the first director of the Women’s and Young Workers’ Bureau.  The photo was taken on the […]

Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories now available in UMD Archival Collections!

Transcripts of the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories — 102 interviews with Americans who served in Allied Occupied Japan — are now available in the University of Maryland Libraries Archival Collections.  Check it out! For highlights from the collection, see this series of posts.