The Prange Collection contains 13,799 magazine titles issued during the immediate post-World War II years, 1945-49. These titles include magazines that were published prior to the war and continued into the postwar period, those that were launched during the postwar period and continue to be published today (Sekai is an example) and those with a small circulation that were short-lived. They range from general magazines to technical magazines; from kasutori magazines that were a product of the postwar period to children’s school and science magazines that were intended to lead young minds into a new era.
The Prange Collection magazines have been microfilmed. The microfiche are available in the Maryland Room on the 1st Floor of Hornbake Library North. Researchers are required to request the microfilm via the UMD Special Collections' material request system, Aeon. For instructions on how to request them via Aeon, see this document. For information about searching and/or access to the Prange Collection magazines, check out this list and visit this page.
The following institutions also hold the full set of microfilms:
- The National Diet Library of Japan
- Harvard University
- Kumamoto Gakuen University
- The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- University of Michigan
- Waseda University
- Yale University
NOTE: The magazines are rapidly deteriorating, so only in rare cases do we provide access to the originals. However, if there are specific reasons for a request to see the originals (for example, the microfilm is unreadable), please contact us and the Curator or Manager will determine whether access will be given. If you find that the microfilm is unreadable, please send us a photocopy or PDF of the unreadable pages.