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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 following institutions also hold the full set of microfilms:

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.

For information about searching and/or access to the magazines, visit our guide, How to use materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection