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.
Policy statements, 1944-1974.
The papers were donated to the library by Paul Rich on 22nd September 1997.Accruals
Further papers, 1945-1963, donated on 6th October 1997.Access Conditions
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No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.
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.
United Party | South Africa
South Africa | History | 1909-1961
Political parties | South Africa