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About Prange Posters

Welcome to the Gordon W. Prange Collection Posters and Wall Newspapers database. The Prange Collection is the most comprehensive archive in the world of Japanese print publications issued during the early years of the Occupation of Japan, 1945-1949. It contains 261 posters and wall newspapers. They include political posters, public health posters, safety posters, posters in education, local government publications and many other types of posters. 

The UMD Student Newspapers database is the realization of a long-term goal of the University of Maryland Archives staff, to make all the major student newspapers on campus accessible and searchable online.

This project began with a Launch UMD crowd-funding campaign in spring 2015, led by a team of UMD Libraries and Philip Merrill College of Journalism staff and undergraduates. With funding in place for phase one, the Archives staff began work with the Libraries’ Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS) division to digitize the early issues of the paper known today as The Diamondback. Once the digital files were returned to the UMD Libraries, the DSS staff undertook the design of the user interface for the UMD Student Newspapers database that you are using today.

At present, the UMD Student Newspapers database only includes issues of The Diamondback and its predecessors that appeared in hard copy from January 1, 1910 through December 14, 1998. Additional issues of The Diamondback through the end of 1998 are currently being digitized and will be added to the database as soon as they are available. Fundraising continues to fund the digitization of The Diamondback through the present, as well as to digitize other student newspapers.

The Diamondback began publication on January 1, 1910, under the name The Triangle. The paper changed title multiple times until its name became The Diamondback with the June 9, 1921, issue.

  • Triangle, January 1, 1910 – October 14, 1914
  • M.A.C. Weekly, October 21, 1914 – May 31, 1916
  • Maryland State Weekly, September 1916 – January 30, 1919 (variant titles M. S. Weekly and M. S. C. Weekly during this time)
  • Maryland State Review, February 6, 1919 – June 10, 1920
  • University Review, October 7, 1920 – May 1921
  • Diamondback, June 9, 1921 – present

Publication frequency has varied over the years. Initially, the paper appeared biweekly, moving to a weekly, then a daily format on weekdays during the academic year. At present, publication occurs online on a weekday basis during the academic year, and paper copies appear on Mondays during the fall and spring semesters.

To access current issues of the Diamondback online, visit http://www.dbknews.com/.

Keyword searching

Enter your keyword(s) in the box on the Search or Browse pages. You can then limit your search by decade, year, month, and day to narrow your results.

Click on a search result to be taken to the page containing your keyword(s). The keyword(s) you searched will be highlighted in yellow on the page. You can turn the highlighting off and on by clicking the highlights icon. Highlights Toggle Icon

Browsing

Browse UMD Student Newspapers by publication title, component (article, page, or issue), or decade. Decade can be further limited by year, month, and day or filtered by newspaper title or component. The calendar on the Browse page can also be used to select a specific issue date to review (e.g., January 1, 1910, to locate the first issue of The Triangle); dates for issues that appear in the database are highlighted on the calendar.

Display Features

Moving and Zooming Move and zoom icons

  • Icons that allow you to move around the newspaper viewer and zoom in and out are located in the lower right corner of the screen.
  • The plus and minus icons allow you to zoom in and out, making the image on the screen appear larger or smaller.
  • The directional arrows that appear around the house icon allow you to move around the screen. You can also move around the screen by clicking anywhere within the newspaper viewer, holding, and dragging the image to the desired area.
  • Clicking the house icon will reset the image to its original position.

Views Views icon

Views menu expanded

  • Image View displays one page of the paper at a time.
  • Book View displays two pages simultaneously.
  • Scroll View allows you to use your mouse to move the pages of the issue from side-to-side.
  • Gallery View facilitates selection of individual pages of each issue.

Information Information icon

  • Clicking on the "i" information icon displays basic information, or metadata, about each issue.

Fullscreen Fullscreen icon

  • The diagonal arrows at the top right of the screen allow you to toggle back and forth between the fullscreen view of the newspaper viewer.

Selection Text Side Panel Icon

  • Hovering your mouse over an article will highlight it green. Click on the article to open the article text in a pane on the left of side of the screen. You can highlight and copy the article text from this pane. Toggle the side panel open and closed by clicking the side panel icon.

Image Manipulation Image manipulation icon

Image manipulation menu expanded

  • The icon second down from the top left of the screen allows you to rotate the image 90 degrees to the left or right; adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation; toggle grayscale; change background colors from light to dark; and automatically reset the image.

Clipping Tool Clipping icon

  • Portions of individual pages may be downloaded and saved for later reference by using the clipping tool, the third icon down from the top left of the screen. Click on this icon, then click and drag on the portion of the page you wish to save. Dragging will create a box around the area of the page that will be downloaded. You can readjust the size and position of the box if needed. Once the box is in the desired position, click the checkmark to save your selection as a .jpg file. If you wish to cancel your selection, click on the X to get rid of the box and start over.

The University of Maryland holds the copyright to the issues of The Diamondback and its predecessors from 1910 until the formation of Maryland Media Inc. in October 1971. To simplify the process of seeking permission to reprint an article from the paper, all queries should be directed to askhornbake@umd.edu for routing to the appropriate body.

Questions regarding this project can be directed to askhornbake@umd.edu.

To locate additional digitized University of Maryland publications, please visit https://www.lib.umd.edu/univarchives/digmaterials.