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Sig Harris papers

Identifier: umja0177

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a scrapbook with newspaper clippings, loose newspaper clippings, menus, postcards, articles, and programs.


  • Creation: 1882-1972
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1905

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Sigmund "Sig" Harris was born July 2, 1883 in Dubuque, Iowa to Jewish parents. He eventually moved to Minneapolis where he attended Central High School and was a football player. He attended the University of Minnesota and was an All-American quarterback from 1902-1904. In the 1903 and 1904 seasons the team was unbeaten as the Big Ten champions. He graduated in 1905 in the College of Engineering and the Mechanic Arts with a degree as a mechanical engineer. During his time playing football for the University of Minnesota he was present at the game against the Michigan Wolverines where the Little Brown Jug rivalry began.

After graduation, Sig held the position of assistant coach until 1920, and subsituted as head coach for one game in 1922, but also ran Harris Machinery Co. He continued on for years as coach of the Minnesota scrub team, the Gopher Bombers. He passed away in 1964. He was married to Jennie Harris, and had a son, Sigmund M. Harris Jr. and daughters Jean (Nudell) and Dorothy (Isreal).


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains clippings related to Sig Harris, a Jewish University of Minnesota football player and coach.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

0557 - Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Sig and Joy Harris.

Related Materials

A Biographical File exists for Sig Harris in University Archives' Information files collection (ua01158).

Sig Harris papers, 1882-1972
Kate Dietrick
April 2022
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area