The 18,047 newspaper titles in the Gordon W. Prange Collection constitute the largest collection anywhere, including Japan, of Japanese-language newspapers published during the immediate postwar period. Within this collection are major dailies such as Asahi Shinbun, Mainichi Shinbun, and Yomiuri Shinbun--including their local editions. The Collection also includes less frequently issued newspapers such as Kumamoto Minyu Shinbun, Nihon Fujin Shinbun (Tokyo), Aoba Shinbun (Miyagi), Yakyujin (Tokyo), and Kanshiki Nyusu (Hyogo), as well as newsletters produced by political parties, labor unions, farming cooperatives, literary societies, educational organizations, and students.
Included in the Newspaper Collection are 700,000 pages of news agency dispatches (tsushin) from such agencies as Kyodo and Jiji -- the Japanese counterparts of the Associated Press and the United Press International.
The 10,000 photographs in the newspaper collection were submitted to the CCD for review by Sun, Kyodo and Jiji news service agencies. Each photograph is accompanied by a news agency description.
The Censored Newspaper Articles consist of newspaper articles and news agency dispatches that were censored by the CCD prior to publication. The articles bear censorship markings and are, in most cases, accompanied by an English translation. The articles date from 1947 and 1948 and are organized into Local and Foreign news and are then arranged chronologically. There are a total of approximately 15,000 articles.
In 1999, the microfilming of the Newspaper Collection was completed. The microfilm reels 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 newspapers, check out this list and visit this page.
The following institutions also hold a full set of the newspaper microfilm:
- The National Diet Library of Japan
- Harvard University
- Kumamoto Gakuen University(Kyushu, Political Science-Transportation and Communication)
- The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- University of Michigan
- University of Pennsylvania（Social Sciences and Humanities subsets）
- Waseda University
- Yale University
NOTE: The newspapers 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.