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Gordon W. Prange Collection

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The Gordon W. Prange Collection is the most comprehensive collection in the world of print publications issued in Japan during the immediate post-World War II years, 1945-1949. The Collection comprises virtually everything published on all subjects during this period - books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, news agency photographs, posters, maps and related archival materials. 

The contents of the Prange Collection once constituted the files of the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD), an operating unit of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers' (SCAP) Press, Pictorial and Broadcast Division during the Occupation of Japan. Between 1945 and 1949, the CCD was responsible for reviewing all Japanese publications to identify violations of the Code for the Japanse Press (See this blog post).  When violations were identified by CCD examiners, censorship action was taken. The Collection contains approximately 600,000 pages of censorship documents.



Welcome to the guide to English-language materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection!  Though the Prange Collection is known for its Japanese print publications, it also contains significant gift collections and English-language reports and documents.  The reports and documents were shipped to the University of Maryland in 1949-1950 with the Japanese print publications.  The gift collections have been acquired over the years by the University of Maryland Libraries.  They include manuscripts, photographs and oral histories that document the personal and professional lives of Americans who served in Allied Occupied Japan.


Gordon W. Prange papers

Dr. Gordon Prange
The Gordon W. Prange Papers are part of the University of Maryland Collection Group (which includes faculty papers) 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] or call 301-405-9212.  A finding aid can be found in ArchivesUM. Included in the collection are notes for early writings on Hitler; interviews with Japanese and American military figures involved in Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway; correspondence with friends and publishers; drafts of books and articles; and lecture notes from University of Maryland classes. The collection also contains approximately one hundred maps and charts relating to Pearl Harbor and other World War II battles. An accession of addenda acquired in 2009 consists of photocopies of original documents from the University of Pittsburgh Donald M. Goldstein Papers, which include Prange and Goldstein's research files. Additional related materials are located in the Donald M. Goldstein Papers at the University of Pittsburgh.

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