Handwritten manuscripts

We are so accustomed to typing everything on a computer, that it’s hard to believe that just 70 years ago everything was handwritten. The handwritten manuscripts in the Prange Collection are fascinating for just that reason.  It must have been particularly time-consuming for authors who had to submit their manuscripts to the Civil Censorship Detachment […]

A Talk by Timothy Smith (University of North Carolina) is now available on YouTube

We are happy to announce that the lunchtime talk by Timothy Smith, Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and recipient of a 20th Century Japan Research Award, is now available on the Prange Collection’s YouTube channel. His talk was entitled, “Clean Minds, Messy Realities: Shifting Trends in Contemporary Tenrikyō.”  It was […]

Recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards for 2020

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards for 2020! Camila Gutiérrez for her topic, “Gendered Visual Narratives: Chicana, Latin American, and Japanese modes of telling.” Daniel Milne for his topic, “Seeds of the Revival of Postwar Tourism in Occupied Japan.” The Award, first offered in 1999, is co-sponsored by the Nathan and […]

An Interview with Earl Roy Miner from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories

This post is the eleventh in a series featuring interviews from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories.  Currently, 29 of the oral history transcripts are available online.  The remainder are available onsite in the Maryland Room, the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland.  For other featured oral histories, see this page.  […]

Countdown to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! – Part II

In the second in our series, Countdown to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!, we’re showcasing materials about Mikio Oda/織田幹雄, the first Japanese to win an Olympic gold medal (triple jump event at the 1928 Olympic games in Amsterdam). See Part I here. Below is a list of items related to Mikio Oda. Books Orinpikku monogatari/オリンピック物語 […]

Featured Movie-related item: Gaslight (1944)

The 92nd Academy Awards are just around the corner! They’ll be televised on Sunday, February 9! This is our second installment of the year on Oscar-winning movies. Seventy-five years ago, Gaslight (Japanese translation – ガス燈), starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, was nominated for ten awards and walked away with two wins: Best Art Direction […]

Featured Movie-related Item: Going My Way (1944)

In the lead-up to the 2020 Oscars (to be televised on February 9), we’ll be featuring two award-winning films. The first is “Going My Way” (1944), starring Bing Crosby as a young priest, Father Charles O’Malley, newly assigned to the parish of St. Dominic’s Church in New York City. Father Fitzgibbon, the long-time pastor of […]

Countdown to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! – Part I

It’s only six months until the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo begin!  We’re looking forward to watching!  In the spirit of celebrating this historical event, we’ll be featuring Olympics-related items from our collection in the coming months. Stay turned! The first in this series is an this article published in Yomiuri Sports in July 1948 […]

On this day in 1948… (January 18)

This post is part of a continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs). On January 18, 1948, Kyodo Tsushin submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) with the headline, 火のような日本故国への情愛 : ハワイ日系市民の世論調査” [Hawaiian Citizens of Japanese Descent Reveal Burning Love for Japan in Opinion Survey].  Portions of the article were marked with “Delete” […]

Featured Publication: Bibliography of Japanese Children’s Literature, 1945-1999

The UMD Libraries have recently acquired the Bibliography of Japanese Children’s Literature, 1945-1999 (日本児童文学文献目錄 1945-1999).  It is now available in the East Asia Japanese Reference book section in McKeldin Library (onsite use only). According to the publisher’s website (Nichigai Asoshiētsu/日外アソシエーツ), this reference book provides an index of 20,332 books, magazine/journal articles, and book reviews of […]