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Collection Level Description: Papers of the South African United Party

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2245
Title: Papers of the South African United Party
Dates of Creation: 1944-1974
Extent: 1 file

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

The South African United Party was formed when the economic downturn of the early 1930s led to a coalition between the ruling conservative Nationalist Party under J.B.M. Hertzog and the South African Party under General Jan Christian Smuts. The coalition, led by Smuts, only lasted until 1948, when the breakaway Herenigde (Reunited) Nationalist Party under D.F. Malan won the general elections. The H.N.P. held power until 1994, while the United Party remained the chief opposition till its dissolution in 1977.

Scope and Content

Policy statements, 1944-1974.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Paul Rich on 22nd September 1997.


Further papers, 1945-1963, donated on 6th October 1997.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Related Units of Description

The University of South Africa is the official custodian of the United Party's archives.

Access Points

United Party | South Africa

South Africa | History | 1909-1961

Political parties | South Africa

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09 March 2012