Institutional Repository

Sir De Villiers Graaff Papers (1913 - 1999)

Show simple item record Coetzee, Marié A le Roux, Annette 2011-02-04T06:31:36Z 2011-02-04T06:31:36Z 2011-02-04
dc.description Inventory in the Unisa Archives, United Party (Private Papers) 300 Boxes en
dc.description.abstract The Sir De Villiers Graaff Papers reflect the distinguished career of a South African politician who played an important part in the parliamentary, constitutional, economic, agricultural and military life of the country over many decades. Sir De Villiers Graaff was an MP of the former United Party from 1948 to 1977 and Leader of the Opposition for more than 21 years. The Papers comprise of correspondence, speeches, memoranda, pamphlets, press cuttings, photographs and publications. Subjects include the African National Congress, the Broederbond, Black Sash, communism, crime, education, Bantustans, Poqu, Rhodesia, Ex-Services League, terrorism, War Veterans Torch Commando, South West Africa, Wallachs’ Printing and Publishing Company among others. In addition the Graaff Papers include about 150 files on individuals. Sir De Villiers Graaff corresponded with many persons, locally and internationally. There is also correspondence between Sir de Villiers Graaff and Nelson Mandela, writing on behalf of the All-In African National Action Council, about South Africa becoming a republic. The volume of correspondence addressed to Sir De Villiers Graaff, the many requests for assistance (for passports, pensions, jobs and money, among others) and the expectations of the general public of all races, however, is amazing. The compassion and kindness in Sir De Villiers Graaff's replies show an exceptional and caring person. All the speeches, except those at school functions and at art exhibitions, are filed with the subject matter. Sir De Villiers Graaff used the information files for research purposes during his long public career. The files are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order. The Sir De Villiers Graaff Papers are of great research value to students in many different fields of study. It is a privilege to preserve and make available to researchers the Graaff Papers. They provide insight into the political turbulence and trends in South Africa between 1948 and 1977, as seen through the eyes of the Leader of the Opposition Party en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries United Party;Private Papers
dc.subject Sir De Villiers Graaff en
dc.subject United Party en
dc.subject Opposition party leader en
dc.subject New Republic Party en
dc.subject South African politics en
dc.subject Agriculture en
dc.subject Volkswil pty ltd en
dc.subject Wallachs en
dc.subject South African Parliament en
dc.subject Commissions of Inquiry en
dc.title Sir De Villiers Graaff Papers (1913 - 1999) en
dc.type Other en

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search UnisaIR


My Account