Note: all documents in the collection except the pages from “Around the World with the Harlem Globetrotters” by David Zinkoff and "Foreign Newspapers from around the world" have been digitized.
The Joseph (Joe) F. Lyles Papers collection contains materials and information from events during the life of Joseph F. Lyles, including his involvement with the 1952 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. Joseph Lyles was born on Oct. 28, 1929. He died on November 13, 2012 at the age of 83. Joe coached and taught at Washington and Lee University for 50 years. He was also a minor league baseball player and professional basketball player who toured with the Harlem Globetrotters on their 1952 World Tour. In 1958, Joe earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Springfield College and a Master’s Degree in 1959. The majority of the collection consists of materials from the 1952 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour, including a photo album with pictures of the Globetrotters and the New York Celtics, places visited, and people met.