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Reception and Workshop on Gordon W. Prange Collection

The UCLA Library is now the proud, and only West Coast, owner of a microform set of magazines and newspapers from the Prange Collection, the premier archive of Japanese print media from the Allied Occupation.

Friday, January 22, 2010
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Library Presentation Room and East Asian Library
Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In summer 2009 the UCLA Library acquired the Gordon W. Prange Magazine (62,977 fiches) and Newspaper (3,826 reels) Collections, which respectively reproduce 13,783 magazines and 18,047 newspapers and newsletters published in Japan during the Allied occupation from 1945 to 1949. During these years all publications were submitted for pre-publication approval to the occupation’s censors in the Civil Censorship Detachment. The microforms show the complete files—the original publications, often with censor markings, comments and revisions—which gives insight into the censorship process as well as the content of the publication.  Generous support has been provided by the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, which funded the purchase of cabinets and a microform reader/scanner as well as for travel grants for the collection.

To celebrate the opening of the Prange Collection microform set at the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library to users and to provide an educational and practical training session on using this extensive collection, the UCLA Library will host a reception and workshop on Friday, January 22. UCLA professors William Marotti, from the history department, and Seiji Lippit, from Asian Languages and Cultures will share their expectations and experiences using the materials, then Eiko Sakaguchi, curator of the Prange Collection at the University of Maryland, where the original items reside, and Toshie Marra, Japanese studies librarian at UCLA, will provide an overview of the Gordon W. Prange Collection and the microform set as well as hands-on instruction on using its online and print tools available and the microform reader/scanner.

All presentations will be in English. Guests can attend the reception, the workshop, or both.

Sakaguchi holds MAs in librarianship from Melbourne College of Advanced Education and in business information technology from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She worked as Japanese studies librarian at the University of Melbourne (1986-95) and the Monash University Library (1995-2000). Since 2001 she has been curator of the East Asia Collection and Gordon W. Prange Collection at the University of Maryland, and has coordinated and organized various exhibitions and symposiums related to the collection.

The Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies offers research travel grants to support scholars who wish to come to UCLA to use the Collection for trips of one to four weeks in duration, in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The deadline for the next round of applications is April 15, 2010. Click here for more information.

Registration Form

Submit this form by January 15 to Toshie Marra
at <> or 310.206.4960.

Name: _________________________________________________________________
Affiliation: _____________________________________________________________
Specialization/Job Title: __________________________________________________
Email Address: _________________________________________________________

Please check which session you would like to attend:

___ Reception: 2-3 p.m.

___ Workshop: 3-5 p.m.

Please check the level that applies to you:   

1. Japanese language fluency level: ___ none/ ___ beginner/ ___ intermediate/
___ advanced/ ___ native speaker

2. Academic status: ___ Undergrad/ ___ Graduate/ ___ Faculty / ___ Staff / ___ General public

Research topic(s) of your interest:____________________________________________

If you have any questions or requests for the sessions, please indicate below:

registration is required by Friday, January 15. Complete the registration form and submit it to Toshie Marra by email at or by fax at 310.206.4960.

Cost : Free

(310) 825-2765

Download file: PrangeCollection-Workshop-Registration.pdf

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library

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