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Creator: George Mike Ziegler

Collection Number: M470

Title: Ziegler (George Mike) Collection

Dates: 1919-1921

Abstract: The collection contains two copies of a DVD containing digital reproductions of original materials relating to George Mike Ziegler, Hattiesburg YMCA Athletic Director from 1919 to 1921.

The Hattiesburg YMCA was originally founded in 1913 by Dr. C. C. Hightower, Howard A. Gilliam and Dr. V. L. Isard. A $50,000 fundraising campaign was begun to support the new YMCA.  The original YMCA building was sold to the city of Hattiesburg in 1994, and the current YMCA continues to expand its facilities and services.

Scope and Content Note
The DVDs within the collection contain digital reproductions of materials related to George Mike Ziegler, Hattiesburg YMCA Athletic director (1919-1921) and include newspaper articles, photographs, and items related to a YMCA Physical Directors’ Summer Training School in Blue Ridge, North Carolina.

A Microsoft Word document on each DVD provides more in-depth summary of the images on the disks, a copy of which is in the collection. The following excerpt is from that document:
George Mike Ziegler (5/7/1884 – 3/3/1961) was Athletic Director of the Hattiesburg, MS Young men’s Christian Association (YMCA) during the years from 1919 through 1921. Ziegler had a long association with the New Orleans YMCA as an amateur athlete of some note in the area from approximately 1905 until 1918, when he served as one of the YMCA athletic directors for the American troops serving in Europe during World War 1. Upon his return from the War, Ziegler accepted the job as Hattiesburg YMCA Athletic Director from among a number of similar offers.  Following his approximately two year service with the Hattiesburg, MS YMCA, Ziegler spent two years with the American Red Cross at the Marine and Veterans Bureau Hospitals in New Orleans, proving athletic activities and therapies for disabled war veterans. After a number of years with the Jefferson Parish, LA Community Services Recreational Department, and then with the Southern Pacific Railroad Athletic League, Ziegler Joined the New Orleans School system as a coach, and then Athletic Director of Warren Easton High School. He stayed with the Warren Easton from 1928 until his retirement in 1952.

Topics Covered
Hattiesburg (Miss.)--History.
YMCA--History.

Related Collections
AM 94-7: Loper (Mrs. O.B.) Papers

Administrative Information

Provenance: Donated by William R. Ziegler on October 26, 2009.

Restrictions on Use:  This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation Method:  Item, Title of collection, McCain Library & Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information:  Processed by Lauren White. 


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