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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.  These books, magazines, newspapers, posters, maps and more were subjected to censorship by the Allied Forces. They 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.

In order to use the materials in the Prange Collection, you must first make an appointment with the Curator. The only exception is if you are interested in using the newspapers and magazines. The newspapers and magazines have been microfilmed. Please refer to this page for instructions on requesting these materials. 


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The following books are currently being digitized and may not be requested for use:
  • Education Books with the call numbers 156-0001~171-0016, 176-0001~179-0034, 361-0001~388-0043, 421-0001~440-0149) [9/1/2016]


Dr. Gordon W. Prange

Gordon Prange’s personal papers may be used in the Maryland Room on the first floor of Hornbake Library North. A guide to the collection can be found in ArchivesUM. For more information, email askhornbake[at]