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George Giles papers

Call Number: RH MS 504


The George Giles papers are those of a native Kansan who played professional baseball in a number of Negro League teams, including the Kansas City Monarchs. After retiring from baseball, he was a successful Manhattan, Kansas businessman.


  • Creation: 1919 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

Scrapbook located at RH MS 504 box 1 folder 4 is in poor condition; please use the photocopy in the following folder instead. No other access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of George Giles

George Giles was born May 9, 1909 in Junction City, Kansas. At fourteen he tried out with the Kansas City Monarchs; in 1925 he joined the team as first baseman after spending a year with another Kansas City African American baseball team the Kansas City Royals. In 1929 Giles left the Monarchs to join the Gilkerson Giants. He later moved on to join the St. Louis Stars, who won the Negro National League Champions in 1930 and 31. Giles also played with the Philadelphia Stars, the New York Black Yankees, and the Brooklyn Eagles (whom he also managed). He retired from baseball in 1939.

Giles went on to work in a Eudora, Kan. defense plant during World War II. After the war, he became a businessman in Manhattan, Kan, where he owned both a motel and a restaurant. Giles married Helen Miller; the couple had four children. George Giles died in March 1992.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The George Giles papers date from 1919 to 1985 and are arranged in a single series. They include clippings, Giles' baseball contract, and scrapbook items. Folder arrangement is alphabetical. Photographs for the collection are located at RH MS-P 504.

Physical Location

RH MS 504

Physical Location

RH MS-P 504

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, George Giles, 1988.

Guide to the George Giles Collection
George Giles papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006; revised by skt, 2010
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Language of description
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
George Giles Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 504, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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