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FAQ

Q: Where do I use Prange Collection materials?

Q: When is the Maryland Room open?

Q: Do I need to make an appointment before my visit to use the Prange Collection materials?

Q: How can I search the Prange Collection materials?

Q: Would I ever need to go to the Prange Collection itself?

Q: How do I make an appointment with the Curator for a consultation to discuss my research topic or for a tour of the Prange Collection?

Q: Where is the Prange Collection located?

Q: Can I check out the materials from the Prange Collection?

Q: How can I use the microfilm of the Prange Collection newspapers and the microfiche of the Prange Collection magazines?

Q: May I see the original newspapers or magazines?

Q: Can I bring my laptop into the Maryland Room?

Q: Is there a computer in the Maryland Room that visitors may use?

Q: Can I use my camera to take photos?

Q: When photographing the resources, are scanners or tripods permissible?

Q: How can I get to campus?

Q: Where can I park?

Q: What are my options for accommodations?

Q: What are the Gordon W. Prange Papers, and where are they housed?

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Q. Where do I use Prange Collection materials?

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

Q. When is the Maryland Room open?

A. The Maryland Room is open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday. It is open for extended hours during the Fall and Spring semesters; Sundays 1:00pm – 6:00pm and Wednesdays 5:00 pm – 8:00pm. View hours online.

FOR EXTENDED HOURS USAGE: Please note that some Special Collections material may not be accessible during our weekend and evening hours due to limited staffing. Please notify Special Collections staff in advance so that materials may be placed on hold.

Q.Do I need to make an appointment before my visit to use the Prange Collection materials?

A. No. You do not need to make an appointment to use the Prange Collection materials. However, all researchers using materials from the Prange Collection must create a user account here. It is recommended that you create your account and request materials prior to your visit, so that the materials are ready for you when you arrive.

Q. How can I search the Prange Collection materials?

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

Q. Would I ever need to go to the Prange Collection itself?

A. 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.

Q. How do I make an appointment with the Curator for a consultation to discuss my research topic or for a tour of the Prange Collection?

A. Contact the Curator from this page prior to your visit to make an appointment for a tour or a consultation..

Q. Where is the Prange Collection located?

A. The Gordon W. Prange Collection is located on the 4th floor of Hornbake Library North. Because the floor is closed to the public, you cannot exit the elevator on the 4th floor without assistance from a Prange Collection staff member. Please take the elevator to the 3rd floor, take the stairs to the 4th floor, and ring the doorbell. Or check in at the welcome desk on the first floor, and a Prange staff member will meet you in the lobby and escort you to the Prange Collection.

Q. Can I check out the materials from the Prange Collection?

A. 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.  

Q. How can I use the microfilm of the Prange Collection newspapers and the microfiche of the Prange Collection magazines?

A. 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 to a personal USB drive free of charge.

Q. May I see the original newspapers or magazines?

A. 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 microfilms are unreadable), please contact us and the Curator or Manager will determine whether access will be given. If you find that the microfilms are unreadable, please send us a photocopy or PDF of the unreadable pages.

Q. Can I bring my laptop into the Maryland Room?

A. Yes, you may bring your own laptop. Ask the staff member at the reference desk in the Maryland Room for a guest wireless account, if you would like Internet access.

Q. Is there a computer in the Maryland Room that visitors may use?

A. Yes, the Maryland Room has computers that are available for users.

Q. Can I use my camera to take photos?

A. Yes, cameras (without flash) are permitted in the Maryland Room, but for personal research only. Remember to bring a charger and a backup memory card for your camera.

Q. When photographing the resources, are scanners or tripods permissible?

A. In the Maryland Room, researchers must request permission to use a tripod or other specialized equipment. Personal scanners are not permitted.

Q. How can I get to campus?

A. See this page.

Q. Where can I park?

A. See this page.

Q. What are my options for accommodations?

A. See this page.

Q. What are the Gordon W. Prange Papers, and where are they housed?

A. The Gordon W. Prange Papers consist of both personal and professional papers and include 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 Prange's service as an historian for the US 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, send an email to askhornbake[at]umd.edu.  A finding aid can be found in here.