The Gordon W. Prange Collection is the most comprehensive archive in the world of Japanese print publications issued during the early years of the Occupation of Japan, 1945-1949. Subjected to censorship by the Allied Forces, these materials bear censorship markings ranging from check-in and examination dates to deletions, suppression and other changes. The Collection was named for the late Gordon W. Prange, who was instrumental in bringing the materials to the University of Maryland.
THE PERSONAL PAPERS OF GORDON W. PRANGE ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE GORDON W. PRANGE COLLECTION.
The Gordon W. Prange Papers may be used in the Maryland Room on the first floor of Hornbake Library North. Materials must be requested through Aeon, the Libraries' online material request system. Included in the collection are notes for early writings on Hitler; interviews with Japanese and American military figures involved in Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway; correspondence with friends and publishers; drafts of books and articles; and lecture notes from University of Maryland classes. The collection also contains approximately one hundred maps and charts relating to Pearl Harbor and other World War II battles. A finding aid may be found in ArchivesUM.
An accession of addenda acquired in 2009 consists of photocopies of original documents from the University of Pittsburgh Donald M. Goldstein Papers, which include Prange and Goldstein's research files. Additional related materials are located in the Donald M. Goldstein Papers at the University of Pittsburgh.
For more information, email askhornbake[at]umd.edu or call 301-405-9212.