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Series X. Prange Enterprise

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1949 to 2002, this series contains the business records associated with the researching, writing, editing, and publishing of manuscripts originated by Gordon Prange. These files are arranged under the following subseries: correspondence, financial records, legal and miscellaneous.

Subseries 1. Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1949-1975, the research correspondence reveals the processes through which Gordon Prange located and collected information on the Pacific theater of World War II. The remaining correspondence dates from 1980-1988, and exposes Donald Goldstein’s and Katherine V. Dillon’s efforts to publish Prange’s manuscripts and monitor the use of his research materials.


Box 58
Folder 1-2 Book Related, 1976 - 2001
Folder 3 Financial, 1972 - 2001
Folder 4 Legal, 1981 - 1989
Folder 5-6 Locating Research- Forrest, Jerry, 1949 - 1951
Folder 7 Locating Research- Japan, 1950 - 1964
Folder 8 Locating Research- United States, 1971 - 1984
Folder 9 Prange, Anne, 1980 - 1987
Folder 10 Requests to View Prange Research, 1981 - 2001

Subseries 2. Financial

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1964-2002, the financial records are arranged chronologically under the headings of expense reports and royalty statements.

Folder 11 Account of Expenses, 1970 - 1989
Folder 12-13 Expense Reports- Fuchida, Mitsuo, 1964 - 1965
Folder 14 Expense Reports- Prange, Gordon, 1966 - 1981
Folder 15-18 Expense Reports- Royalty Statements, 1978 - 2002

Subseries 3. Legal

Scope and Content Notes:

The interview agreements reveal that Prange negotiated exclusive rights from Japanese commanders in exchange for a portion of his royalties. The publishing agreements contain contracts between Prange Enterprise and various publishing companies for the development of books.

Folder 19 Interview Agreements, 1959 - 1960
Folder 20-23 Publishing Agreements, 1953 - 2001

Subseries 4. Miscellaneous

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1982-1994, this series contains items such as agendas and progress reports, which summarize the activities of Prange Enterprise. In addition, the Prange collection file describes Prange’s donation to the University of Maryland, and details his scholarly contributions.

Folder 24 Agendas, 1982 - 1985
Folder 25 Prange Collection at University of Maryland, 1979 - 1984
Folder 26 Semi-Annual Progress Reports, 1983 - 1994