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Framed Republic of China flag diplomatic gift

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: L761

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a framed Taiwanese flag with text and the U.S. Army Finance School crest given to the State of Indiana by Major General S. Y. Wang, class commander in the Republic of China's army, on September 28, 1959 "for the courtesies extended to the Special Chinese Armed Forces Financial Management Class" of the U.S. Army Finance School at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • 1959/09/28

Language of Materials

Material in English and Chinese.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a small, East Asian island nation in the Pacific Ocean. The modern nation was created when the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) forces lost control of mainland China during the Chinese Civil War to the Chinese Communist Party, causing the nationalists to retreat to Taiwan in 1949. As a capitalist, anti-communist country, it has long been an ally of the United States, officially and later unofficially.

The U.S. Army Finance Center was relocated from St. Louis, Missouri to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1953. The Army Finace School was also located there before it was moved to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Major General Shao-Yu Wang of the Republic of China's army and 30 of his officers studied at the Army Finance School at Fort Benjamin Harrison in 1959. The 36-year old general was deputy chief in command of the Combined Service Forces of the Republic of China.


Carnes, William H., Jr., and Melanie Hankins. "M. B. Emmett J. Bean Finance Center." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, 1994. Updated 2021 July. Accessed June 14, 2022.

"Chinese General Offers Help if Reds Peril Americans in Laos." Indianapolis Star, August 19, 1959. Accessed June 14, 2022. ProQuest.

Wikipedia. "Taiwan." Accessed June 14, 2022.

Wikipedia. "United States Army Financial Management School." Accessed June 14, 2022.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 oversize box)


This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/06/14 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/06/14 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.