Jiggs Dahlberg papers, 1977 and undated  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Dahlberg, Jiggs, 1900-1993
Jiggs Dahlberg papers
1977 and undated (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 755
This collection holds a handwritten reminiscence of George "Jiggs" Dahlberg's early years in Butte, Montana, his stories about family members, a Dahlberg genealogy page, family photographs and photo album, and a 1977 program for "Jiggs Dahlberg Night" at a University basketball game.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

George P. Dahlberg, best known as Jiggs Dahlberg, was born April 21, 1900, in Butte, Montana. He was educated at the State University at Missoula (now The University of Montana-Missoula), where he played both football and basketball and earned six varsity letters. Dahlberg graduated in 1925. He went on to coach Grizzly basketball for 18 years (1937-1942 and 1944-1955), leading the team to 222 wins. He achieved more wins and coached for more years than anyone in the history of Grizzly basketball. Dahlberg then served as the Grizzly athletic director for 16 years (1955-70).

Dahlberg started the athletic department’s fundraising arm in 1955 with the UM Century Club, which became the Grizzly Athletic Association (now the Grizzly Scholarship Association). Dahlberg was also an avid Grizzly sports historian. He created the Red Book, a handwritten compilation of statistics, rosters, and pertinent information for each season of Grizzly athletics from 1897 to 1980.

Dahlberg received the title of professor emeritus from UM's Department of Health and Human Performance, the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame inducted Dahlberg in 1993, and the arena in UM's Adams Center is named in his honor. He died September 18, 1993.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

While George P. Dahlberg is best known in Missoula, Montana, as a University basketball coach, this collection holds his handwritten reminiscence of his early years in Butte, his stories about family members, a Dahlberg genealogy page, family photographs and photo album, and a 1977 program for "Jiggs Dahlberg Night" at a University basketball game.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transfered to The University of Montana-Missoula.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Jiggs Dahlberg Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Draft of reminiscence circa 1977
1/2 Final draft of reminiscence circa 1977
1/3 Family photographs undated
1/4 Dahlberg family genealogy information undated
1/5 Copper printing plate for Arthur Dahlberg's wedding announcement undated
1/6 Program for "Jiggs Dahlberg Night" at a basketball game 1977
OS2 Family photo album undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Basketball coaches--Montana--Missoula
  • Personal Names :
  • Dahlberg, Jiggs, 1900-1993--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Basketball
  • Family Names :
  • Dahlberg family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Butte (Mont.)--History--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs