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George Docking papers

Call Number: RH MS 920


George Docking served as Governor of Kansas from 1957-1961. This collection of papers contains photographs, newspaper clippings compiled during Docking's first term as governor, memorabilia, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, and correspondence between various people and organizations, including 1956 campaign correspondence.


  • Creation: 1956 - 1958


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of George Docking (1904-1964)

George Docking was born in Clay Center, Kansas on February 23, 1904, the son of William and Almeda Donley Docking. He was raised in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1925.

Docking was elected the 35th governor of Kansas in 1956, the 6th Democrat to serve in that office. Winning reelection in 1958, he was the first Democrat in Kansas elected for a second term. Running for a third term, he was not reelected (his son Robert Docking did serve three terms as governor).

In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy appointed Docking as director of the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C. He was still in that position when he died in Kansas City, Kansas on January 20, 1964.

[Information from Kansas Historical Society, "George Docking,", accessed September 12, 2019.]


7.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes + 1 phonograph + 1 shoebox)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 920

Physical Location

KC AV 89

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material in this collection was transferred out of Governor Robert Docking's papers located at RH MS 167.

Processing Information

Previously shelved at RH MS 255 and RH Phono 18.

Guide to the George Docking Collection
George Docking papers
Finding aid prepared by smf, 2007. Finding aid encoded by smf, 2007. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; mwh, 2019; cmp, 2022.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
George Docking papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 920, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States