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Please check the FAQ page for Special Collections and University Archives for general information (e.g. reading room policies and procedures).  The FAQs below refer specifically to the Prange Collection and the use of its materials. 

All Prange Collection materials are used in the Maryland Room, the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives, on the 1st floor of Hornbake Library North.

You do not need to make an appointment to use the Prange Collection materials in Hornbake Library North.  However, it is highly recommended that you create a Special Collections Account and request materials prior to your visit, so that the materials are ready for you when you arrive. Please note that some Special Collections material may not be accessible during our weekend and evening hours due to limited staffing.  You may also want to contact us prior to your visit, so that the Prange Collection Curator can be prepared to provide additional research assistance to you during your visit. 

Visit our guide, How to use materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection, for information about searching and requesting Prange Collection materials. If you can’t find what you're looking for by using the search tools listed, please contact us.

You would only go to the Prange Collection if you had an appointment with the Curator for a consultation to discuss your research topic or for a tour of the Prange Collection. If you are interested in a consultation or a tour, please contact us.

Original Prange Collection materials are non-circulating and may only be used onsite in the Maryland Room on the 1st floor of Hornbake Library North.

The microforms of the newspapers and magazines are available in the Maryland Room on the 1st Floor of Hornbake Library North. You may download images from the microforms to a personal USB drive free of charge.

The original newspapers and magazines are rapidly deteriorating. We, therefore, limit access to them.  However, if there are specific reasons for a request to see the originals (for example, the microforms are unreadable), please contact us and a Prange Collection staff member will determine whether access will be given.  If you find that the microforms are unreadable, please send us a photocopy or PDF of the unreadable pages.

The Gordon W. Prange Papers include Dr. Prange's unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, interview notes and transcripts, research notes, articles, maps, and photographs. There are also materials related to Prange's tenure as a history professor at the University of Maryland and his service as an historian for the U.S. Army under General Douglas MacArthur during the Allied Occupation of Japan. The Gordon W. Prange Papers are housed in University Archives and may be used in the Maryland Room on the first floor of Hornbake Library North. For more information, contact us

The Prange Collection collects print materials, such as documents and photographs, related to the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945 - 1952.  The materials may relate to the donor's personal and/or professional life in Japan during this period.  We do not usually collect artifacts.  If you have materials that you would like to donate, please contact us.  For an example of past donations, please see this page. For general information about gifts to the Libraries, please see this site.