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Closed for the Holidays

The Prange Collection will be closed from Friday, December 22 through Monday, January 1, 2018 for the winter holidays.

Happy Holidays!

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Recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards for 2017-2018

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards for 2017-2018:

  • Emily Cole, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon, for her topic, “Life in the Ruins: Photography during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952.”
  • W. Evan Young, Assistant Professor at Dickinson College, for his topic, “Health and Home in Occupation-Era Japan: Women’s Magazines and Domestic Medical Care.”

Emily Cole

W. Evan Young









The Award, first offered in 1999, is co-sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries.

Each year these partners accept applications for grants to support research in the Gordon W. Prange and East Asia Collections on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960.

Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation.   The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred.

See this page for more details about the Award.

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Featured magazines: celebrating 10 posts!

Did you know that we have already published 10 posts featuring magazines in the Prange Collection from different prefectures?  All of the Prange magazines are available on microfiche at the University of Maryland, the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL), and elsewhere.  The magazines that we’ve selected to showcase are now available in digital form onsite at NDL.  So far, we have featured magazines published in Kyoto, Hokkaido, Kagoshima, Shizuoka, Kumamoto, Shikoku (Ehime, Kochi, Tokushima and Kagawa), Aichi, Fukushima, Niigata and Nagasaki.  Stay tuned  for posts about magazines from Shimane and Ishikawa Prefectures in the coming months!

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Featured education book: “Omoshiroi nendai no oboekata”

In September 2015, we began digitizing the education books in the Prange Collection.  We’ll share interesting educational materials with you as the scanning project progresses.  A list of posts in this series can be found here.   

Today we’re featuring “Omoshiroi nendai no oboekata/おもしろい年代の覺え方” [A Fun Way to Memorize the Dates of Historical Events] (Prange Call No. 438-0012).  Published by Bunka Seikatsusha/文化生活社 in 1949,  its author, Asaeda Hiroshi/朝枝博, aims to show his readers how to easily memorize many dates of historical events.  This tiny pocket book claims to be, “The very first and only book in Japan with fun ways to memorize dates.  The dates of historical events will never change, so once you memorize all of them, it will help you forever in studying history.”

Many of us are familiar with “nakuyo (794) uguisu Heiankyo” for memorizing the date of the establishment of Heiankyo or “Igo yoku (1549) tsutawaru Kirisutokyo” for the date of the first official appearance of Christianity in Japan.   In this book, however, the way of remembering them is slightly different; “Nara no miyako o nakushi (794) te Heiankyo e” and “Ikoyo, Ku (1549)risutokyo o hirome ni Nihon e.”  Other interesting ones are: “Iyo kuni (1492) ga mieruzo” for the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas or “Nihon hitori musaku (1639) rushii kokunai ni tojikomoru” for the Japanese isolation policy in 1639.  The last page of the book is dedicated to the enactment of the new Japanese Constitution: “Nihon ga umaku ikuyona (1947) shin kenpo.”

The digital images of “Omoshiroi nendai no oboekata” are available onsite in the Prange Collection.

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Michiko Takeuchi, Professor at California State University, Long Beach, receives the NEH Fellowship

Dr. Michiko Takeuchi, Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach, received the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for her research project entitled “Early Coalitions Between Japanese and American Feminists, from World War I to the U.S. Occupation of Japan.”  Professor Takeuchi was one of the speakers at the “Zadakai: Class, Gender and Ethnicity in Post War Japan” event at the UCLA Library in 2016.   See the UCLA Library’s website for more details.  The UCLA Library holds the Prange’s magazines and newspaper microfilm collections.

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Featured labor-related item: “Rodo kyoyaku to dantai kosho”

In conjunction with the exhibition, “For Liberty, Justice, and Equality: Unions Making History in America,we will be featuring labor-related materials from the Prange Collection. The exhibit, which draws upon materials from the labor collections in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland, will be on display in the Maryland Room Gallery on the 1st Floor of Hornbake Library North through July 2018.

Rodo kyoyaku to dantai kosho/勞働協約と團體交涉 [Labor Agreement and Collective Bargaining] by Matsui Shichiro/松井七郎  (Prange Call No. HD-0721) was published in 1948.  It addressed the value of collective bargaining when drafting trade agreements.  The galley proof that was submitted to Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) for review included a preface written by William H. McPherson, a former member the Labor Advisory Committee of GHQ/SCAP.  That preface was deleted by the CCD, as were all other references to collaboration with GHQ Labor Division personnel.  See the excerpts below from the published version and from the galley proof with censorship markings.

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Featured magazines published in Nagasaki Prefecture

This post is Part X in a continuing series on a portion of the Prange magazine collection that is now available in digital form onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL). (See the series in Featured Magazines.) 

In this post, we are featuring magazines published in Nagasaki Prefecture.

同志. [1号(1949年3月)] (Call No. D-295)

  • 同志. [1号(1949年3月)] (Call No. D-295)

The inaugural issue of Doshi/同志 was published in March 1949 by Sasebo Shoko Koto Gakko Kogyobu Denkika Doshikai/佐世保商工高等学校工業部電気科同志会.  It was a classroom newsletter that covered a variety of topics and included essays and a quiz.  It encouraged the involvement of all of the students, which was reflected in a report on how the name of the newsletter was decided.  This is the only issue held in the Prange Collection. It is unclear whether there were subsequent issues.  Accompanying this issue is a piece of an envelope that contained correspondence from the editor to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).

  • 血潮. [1号(1948年3月)] (Call No. C-126)

Goto Seinen Minshu Hyoronkai/五島青年民主評論会 published Chishio/血潮 in March 1948.  It included a message from E. N. Meldal, who worked in the Education Department of the Nagasaki Military Government.  He also wrote a short essay about an exchange between a Japanese antique store owner and a GI.

  • 団結. [1巻1号(1948年8月)-5・6号(1949年8月)] (Call No. D-96)
  • 地区労. [1号(1948年8月)] (Call No. C-83)

Danketsu/団結 was a labor union newsletter published by Sasebo Kowan Rodo Kumiai/佐世保港湾労働組合.  The first issue was marked with “1 Info” by the censor.  There were also a few check marks and a note stating, “Introduction of foreign capital into Japan” in the essay, “Analyzing Inflation after the War.”  The second issue is formatted more like a newspaper.

In the first issue of Chikuro/地区労, the censor also wrote “1 Info” on the essay, “Make Shipping Industry Socialized.”