A very important manuscript collection has recently been revealed in a powerful way. The Gordon W. Prange papers have been fully processed and a finding aid (guide) is now available online. This collection will be incredibly useful to scholars and students researching World War II history and University of Maryland history. This is a premier research collection that needs to be shared widely.
Dr. Gordon W. Prange was a historian and history professor at the University of Maryland from 1937 until 1980. While teaching at the University of Maryland, Prange published many books and articles, but he is probably best known for his research of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Gordon W. Prange Papers consists of both personal and professional papers and includes unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, interview notes and transcripts, research notes, articles, maps, and photographs related to Prange’s research on the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, the Russian spy Richard Sorge, and the speeches of Adolf Hitler.
There are also materials related to Prange’s tenure as a history professor at the University of Maryland and Prange’s service as Chief Historian of General Douglas MacArthur’s 100-person historical staff during the Allied Occupation of Japan.
Prange’s Pearl Harbor research was published posthumously in three volumes: At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor (1981), Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History (1986), and December 7, 1941: The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor (1988).
Visit us in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library at University of Maryland Libraries to learn more about this collection. And don’t forget the accompanying collection of of Japanese print publications issued in Japan during the immediate post-World War II years, available on the 4th floor of Hornbake Library.