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February 20, 2002

Exhibit of UM Prange Materials
To Open at Hornbake Library

An exhibit of photographs, magazines, newspapers and children�s books from the University of Maryland�s Gordon W. Prange Collection will open at the Hornbake Library on the College Park campus, on Friday, Feb. 22, and run through May 24.

The public is invited to a special program and reception at Hornbake Library on Friday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., marking the opening of the exhibit. Free parking is available after 4 p.m. in the Regents Drive Garage. To attend the event, RSVP to Friends of the Libraries at 301-314-5674 or via email at 

Entitled �Rebuilding a Nation: Japan in the Immediate Postwar Years, 1945-1949,� the exhibit will mark the first time that an extensive selection of Prange materials has been shown on the College Park campus. Items in the exhibit represent a glimpse of postwar Japan through the eyes of the Japanese, as filtered through the Occupation Censorship Bureau. 

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Japan experienced a cultural renaissance.  Despite the physical devastation and the sparse living conditions that many Japanese experienced, publishing flourished, as evidenced by the 21 million pages of books, magazines and newspapers that comprise UM�s Gordon W. Prange Collection, the nearly complete publishing output of Japan for the years 1945-1949.

In September 1945, soon after the Allied Forces arrived in Japan, General Headquarters established the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).  The CCD was charged with enforcing the 10-point code for the Japanese press.  When censorship of the Japanese media was lifted in 1949, Gordon Prange, then chief of Gen. MacArthur�s 100-member Historical Section, arranged for the declassification and shipment of the CCD�s file copies to his home institution, the U of MD.

Gordon W. Prange began teaching history at UM  in 1937.  Except for a leave of absence during WW II and the Occupation, Prange taught continuously at the University until several months before his death on May 15, 1980.    

Viewing hours for the Prange exhibit, located on the first floor of Hornbake Library, will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be closed on Sundays.  

For further information, contact Amy Wasserstrom, Manager of the Prange Collection, at 301-405-9294 


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