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Dr. Frank, Indonesian President Sukarno, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Haji Agus Salim at the temporary Indonesian presidential palace in Yogyakarta. Source: Frank Porter Graham Papers, photo P-1819-224.


Virtual Exhibit: “Frank Porter Graham, the United Nations, and Indonesian Independence,” Compiled by Associate Director Dr. Kevin W. Fogg


Following our hybrid Indonesia in International Relations Conference with Universitas Pelita Harapan, we are happy to present the virtual exhibit “Frank Porter Graham, the United Nations, and Indonesian Independence,” compiled by the Carolina Asia Center’s Associate Director, Dr. Kevin W. Fogg.

Here is an overview of what one will find in the exhibit:


Dr. Frank Porter Graham (called “Dr. Frank”), president of the University of North Carolina 1930-49, played an important role in negotiations for the recognition of Indonesia’s independence in 1947-48, under the auspices of the United Nations. This virtual exhibition provides information on his role, some primary sources related to Dr. Frank and Indonesia during its struggle for independence, and links to further reading on these subjects.

The virtual exhibit is presented across nine pages, loosely chronologically ordered:

  1. Dr. Frank Porter Graham: From UNC to the World
  2. Indonesia in the 1940s
  3. The Indonesian Revolution and the United Nations
  4. How Dr. Frank Came to Serve on the UN Committee of Good Offices
  5. Dr. Frank Meeting the Indonesian People
  6. Dr. Frank on the Ground in Indonesia
  7. The Renville Agreement: January 1948
  8. Indonesia after Renville
  9. Dr. Frank Porter Graham as a Diplomat


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