Papers of the South African United Party

Scope and Content

Policy statements, 1944-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

The South African United Party was formed when the economic downturn of theearly 1930s led to a coalition between the ruling conservative Nationalist Partyunder J.B.M. Hertzog and the South African Party under General Jan ChristianSmuts. The coalition, led by Smuts, only lasted until 1948, when the breakawayHerenigde (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 chiefopposition till its dissolution in 1977.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

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


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

Related Material

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