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Errol Lincoln Uys papers

Identifier: JM032

Scope and Contents

The Errol L. Uys Papers include correspondence, manuscript pages, research relating to the development of The Covenant, newspaper and periodical clippings concerning the development and international reacrtion to The Covenant, and works of study on The Covenant and the collabotation between Uys and Michener. The strength of the collecion is found with the manuscripts and research relating to the development of The Covenant.


  • 1972-2008
  • Majority of material found in dates 1977-1981


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information contact James A. Michener Library, Archival Services Department, University of Northern Colorado, campus Box 48, Greeley, CO 80639, Phone: (970) 351-2854, E-mail:


1 Box(es) (Series 1: Research, Folder 1-11)

2 Box(es) (Series 1: Research, Folder 12-15)

3 Box(es) (Series 2: Manuscripts, Folder 16-22)

4 Box(es) (Series 2: Manuscripts, Folder 23-29)

5 Box(es) (Series 2: Manuscripts, Folder 30-31 Series 3: Reader Reports, Folder 32-40)

6 Box(es) (Series 3: Reader Reports, Folder 41-44)

7 Box(es) (Series 3: Reader Reports, Folder 45-49)

8 Box(es) (Series 3: Reader Reports, Folder 50-54)

9 Box(es) (Series 3: Reader Reports, Folder 55-60)

10 Box(es) (Series 4: Correspondence, Folder 61-66)

11 Box(es) (Series 4: Correspondence, Folder 67-73 Series 5: Newspaper clippings and Periodical articles, Folder 74-75)

12 Box(es) (Series 6: Uys Working Papers, Folder 76-85)

13 Box(es) (Series 2: Manuscripts, oversize items)


The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1: Research

Series 2: Manuscripts

Series 3: Reader Reports

Series 4: Correspondence

Series 5: Newspaper clippings and Periodical articles

Series 6: Uys Working Papers

The research series contain material relating to the development of The Covenant’s plot including timelines, family trees, and reference material, research reports and chapter outlines.

The manuscript series contain several drafts of various sections of the book including examples of Errol L. Uys contribution to the storyline, James A. Michener’s final revised draft and copies of early drafts of the author’s note and dedication.

The reader’s reports are chapters of The Covenant edited by Errol L. Uys, Philip C. Bateman and several other individuals who are experts in their respected field for factual content. This series contains the edited chapters and the editors’ supporting research.

The correspondence series range from 1978 to 2008 and includes correspondence to and from Errol L. Uys, James A. Michener, other members of the Reader Digest staff including Philip C. Bateman and Fulton Oursler, Jr., Nadia Orapchuck, Albert Erskine and other individuals relating to the development and publishing of Michener’s The Covenant and Uys’s experiences during and after his work on The Covenant arranged by date.

The newspaper clippings and periodical article series range from 1972 to 1980 and include clippings and articles from various newspapers and periodicals in the United States and South Africa relating to the early development of The Covenant, the book’s reception after publication and the book’s banning in South Africa arranged by date and language.

Uys working papers are various documents relating to The Covenant after its publication including the doctoral thesis of Barbara Helly entitled The Covenant by James A. Michener, a popular American historical novel on the history of South Africa, chapter 16 of Stephen J. May’s book Michener, A Writer’s Journey, a personal notebook of Uys containing notes and extensive commentary relating to Michener and The Covenant. Also included are a printed copy of Uys’s website, a photocopy of the register of James A. Michener’s papers at Swarthmore College, and correspondence from Uys to Helly, May and the University of Northern Colorado.

Separated Materials

Cartwright, A. P. (1969). West Driefontein: Ordeal by water. Printed by J. G. Ince.

Hocking, A. (1973). Diamonds. Cape Town: Purnell South Africa.

Hocking, A. (1974). Old Kimberley. Cape Town: Purnell.

Ko-operatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika Beperkt. (1977). A survey of wine growing in South Africa. Suider-Paarl [South Africa: Public Relations, Dept. of the K.W.V.

Michener, J. A. (1980). The covenant. New York: Random House. (signed by Michener)

Randall, P., Desai, Y., & South African Institute of Race Relations. (1967). From 'coolie location' to group area: A brief account of Johannesburg's Indian community. Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations.

South African Broadcasting Corporation. Let’s Speak Afrikaans. A free publication

South African Cultural History Museum. (1974). Groot Constantia: S.A. Wine Museum. Cape Town: The Museum.

South African Information Service., & South Africa. (1975, January). South African panorama. Pretoria: South African Information Service. (20:1).

South African Institute of Race Relations (JOHANNESBURG), & BEYTACH, G. A. (1972). The State v. the Dean of Johannesburg [i.e. the Very Rev. Gonville ffrench-Beytagh]. Prepared for the S.A. Institute of Race Relations by a member of the legal profession, October 1972. Johannesburg.

Theron, C. J., & Niehaus, C. J. G. (1947). Wine-making. Pretoria: Dept. of Agriculture, Union of South Africa.

Uys, E. L. (2000). Brazil. Weston, CT: Silver Spring Books.

Whisson, M. G., & Kaplinsky, R. M. (1969). Suspended sentence: A study of Kalk Bay fishermen. Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations.

Wine: A guide for young people. (1975). Paarl: KWV.
Errol L. Uys papers, 1972-2008, bulk 1977-1981
Melissa Gurney
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

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James A. Michener Library L119
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Greeley CO 80639