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Featured labor-related material – wall newspapers

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.

Today we are featuring three issues of Nomin Kabe Shimbun/農民かべしんぶん [The Farmers Wall Newspaper] published by Nogyo Fukko Kaigi, Nogyo Kyodo Kumiai Shoshiki Kyoryoku Honbu/農業復興会議・農業協同組合組織協力本部.

The first issue impresses upon farmers the immediate need to establish a union.  It also states that democratization and liberation of farming villages are the priorities of Nogyo Fukko Kaigi/農業復興会議 [Agricultural Reconstruction Conference].  In the background illustration is a hand (labelled “democratized power”) that is pinching out “pests” such as vice landlords and bureaucrats from a plant.

 

In the fifth issue (July 1948), the paper proposes a five-year tax exemption and forced delivery of goods for owners of the new farmland development.  It also reminds readers of the need to use the power of collective bargaining with regard to high tax rates, and it emphasizes the importance of joining a union to confront the inevitable and impending agricultural crisis.

The seventh issue, published in October 1948, asks its readers to deposit their money to the cooperative bank of the agriculture union. It also puts out a call for designs for the union logo. The first prize award would be 10,000 yen.

These wall newspapers have been digitized and are available in the Prange Collection.  Please contact us if you would like to view them.

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May Day!

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.

Happy May Day!  Below are two posters about the 1949 May Day in Japan.

This poster is “Shukan warera no goraku-ban/週刊われらの娯楽版” (No. 29) published by Nihon Kabe Shimbunsha/日本かべ新聞社 on March 28, 1949.  Featuring the 20th May Day, it illustrates workers participating in a demonstration against low wages and forced tax collection.

This poster is “Shukan warera no goraku-ban/週刊われらの娯楽版” (No. 30) published on April 4, 1949.  It urges readers to participate in the upcoming May Day demonstration.  It shows a worker pushing Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida out of the Diet building with his flag.

These posters have been digitized and are available in the Prange Collection. Please contact us if you would like to view them.

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A Talk by Robert Hegwood (University of Pennsylvania) is now available on YouTube

Mr. Robert Hegwood

We are happy to announce that the lunchtime talk by Robert Hegwood, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of a 20th Century Japan Research Award, is now available on the Prange Collection’s YouTube channel.   His talk is entitled “Rebuilding Japan’s Image: Japanese Americans and Japan’s Postwar Grassroots Diplomacy.”   It was delivered on September 21, 2017 at the University of Maryland.

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Report from an annual conferences of AAS/CEAL

On March 21 through 25, 2018, several Prange Collection staff members attended an annual conference of Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) as well as an annual conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), held in Washington DC.

At the CEAL conference, Prange Collection Curator, Yukako Tatsumi, presented in two panels.  The first one was entitled, “FAQs on the Gordon W. Prange Collection.” See her presentation slides below.  She then presented with other two Japanese Studies Librarians in the North America for the second part of presentation.  The presentation was entitled “Constructing a Comprehensive Scope of Allied Occupation Resources.”

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In addition, the Prange Collection offered a tour of the Prange Collection to the CEAL members and researchers on March 23.  A total of 22 people visited the Prange Collection in the afternoon for the stack tour, a visit to Nichimy Cooperation’s digitization room (Prange Collection scanning vendor) and the chance to view several original materials.  Thank you very much for those who took time to visit us!

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“Bringing the Archives of Wartime and Occupied Japan to Life: Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors” – Panel Discussion @ UCLA

On Monday, April 30, at 12-2pm, the UCLA East Asian Library will host a panel discussion event on Japanese archival materials.  This event is sponsored by UCLA East Asian Library and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.  This is also a part of UCLA East Asian Library’s 70th anniversary celebration program.  The title of the panel discussion is “Bringing the Archives of Wartime and Occupied Japan to Life: Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors.

If you are interested in, please register at http://bit.ly/2qnBLjj.

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Victor Delnore Exhibition at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Celebrating the University of Maryland Libraries’ donation of the digital copies of Victor Delnore Papers to the city of Nagasaki, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is holding an exhibition, “Victor Delnore Exhibition” between March 9 through July 31, 2018.

For more details, please visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum’s website (Japanese only).

 

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Visit us on Maryland Day 2018!

Saturday, April 28 is Maryland Day!

It is the University of Maryland’s annual open house event, and we’re celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  We will offer Origami and Calligraphy tables at the 1st floor of Hornbake Library North from 10am to 4pm.  Come visit us!