Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Buckeyes Athletic Association (San Antonio, Tex.) Records, 1920-1996

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Buckeyes Athletic Association (San Antonio, Tex.)
Title: Buckeyes Athletic Association (San Antonio, Tex.) Records
Dates: 1920-1996
Creator Abstract: Formed in 1920 by eight boys in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, the Buckeyes Athletic Association provided organized activities for area youth until 1935.
Content Abstract: Correspondence, financial records, printed material, photographs, and artifacts are part of the records, representing the Buckeyes Athletic Association activities as a youth group and gatherings of former members.
Identification: Col 8742
Extent: 4.0 linear feet (1 record carton, 3 oversize boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Historical Note

Formed on 1920 September 28 by eight boys living in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, the Buckeyes Athletic Association provided organized activities for local youth for the next fifteen years. Association with the group remained an important bond for former members, who remained in contact throughout their lives.

The primary organizer of the Association was Herbert C. “Unc” Hammons, then fourteen years old. Its stated purpose was “to encourage and sponsor athletic activities; to insure friendship and fraternalism among the members; to promote cooperation between the parents and the members.” Collecting dues and holding regular meetings, the Buckeyes organized teams and competed in football, basketball, baseball, and track against teams from other neighborhoods and local schools. The teams enjoyed several successful years, capturing the San Antonio Junior football championship on several occasions.

Membership grew to over thirty boys and the group collected money to pay for athletic equipment, awards, and charitable contributions.

Hammons continued his association with the Buckeyes, serving as president and coach throughout its active years. Many team members continued their athletic activities at nearby Main Avenue High School.

The Buckeyes disbanded as a youth organization in 1935, but former members remained in contact and began to meet again in the 1970s. Dues and contributions were once again collected, and the first reunion of the group was held in 1975, drawing about one hundred people, including thirty-six of over eighty former members. Another successful reunion was held the following year, and members remained active in ensuing years, meeting and making charitable donations in memory of deceased members and their families. Upon the 75th anniversary of its founding, the remaining Buckeyes decided to cease organized activities and donate their remaining funds to charity.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, financial records, printed material, photographs, and artifacts are part of the Buckeyes Athletic Association Records, representing its activities as a youth organization in the 1920s and 1930s and gatherings of former members in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Arredondo, Ferdinand F.
Hammons, Herbert C., 1906-1983.
Kivlin, Kearney J., 1910-1986.
Buckeyes Athletic Association (San Antonio, Tex.)
Main Avenue High School (San Antonio, Tex.)--Sports.
Athletic clubs--Texas--San Antonio--Records and correspondence.
Boys--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs.
Sports--Texas--San Antonio.
Reunions--Texas--San Antonio.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Clubs.
Beacon Hill neighborhood (San Antonio, Tex.)
Administrative records.
Financial records.
Printed ephemera.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Buckeyes Athletic Association (San Antonio, Tex.) Records, 1920-1996, Col 8742, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ferdinand F. Arredondo, secretary of the Buckeyes Athletic Association, 1996 March.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 April.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 October.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Club records

Club records were maintained during the organization’s active years. Significant items include two notebooks containing bylaws and membership records, including lists of members and notes on dues, attendance, and individual activities. A small amount of material is related to athletic competition, including a few football game summaries and diagrams of football plays. Newspaper clippings chronicle athletic events, particularly the Buckeyes football team. Photographs include a football team portrait and a number of unidentified snapshots. Included with the club records are three scrapbooks kept by individuals and concerned with athletics at Main Avenue High School. Two of these were the product of Kearney J. Kivlin, a Buckeyes member and outstanding high school athlete.
Box Folder
Oversize 2 Notebooks, 1920-1931
Membership and clippings, 1920-1931
Bylaws, scores, reports, attendance, and membership, 1923-1930
Box Folder
1 1 Bylaws: Fraternal Order of Buckeyes
2 Membership
3 Correspondence, 1925-1931
4 Receipts, 1925-1938
5 Game records
6 Plays
7 Rules
8-9 Stationery
10 Newsletters
11 Ephemera
12 Buckeyes
13 Football
14 General
15 Stencils
16 Football squad, 1926-1927
Box Folder
Oversize 2 Football squad [oversize], 1926-1927
Box Folder
1 17 General
Box Folder
Oversize 3 Artifacts
Trophy: Mark Twain Community Basketball Junior League, 1925
Pins, 2 items
Charms: Football Junior Champs, 2 items, 1926 and undated
Class ring: Main Avenue High School, 1926
Box Folder
Oversize 2 Pennant
Box Folder
Oversize 4 Scrapbooks
Main Avenue High School football, 1927
Kearney J. Kivlin, Main Avenue High School football, 1928
Kearney J. Kivlin, Main Avenue High School basketball, track, baseball, and general, 1928-1929


Alumni records

The Alumni Records deal with the organization of reunions and other meetings and are largely the work of Ferdinand F. Arredondo. Included are letters sent and received, a series of rosters of former members, files associated with reunions held in 1975 and 1976, and financial records. A series of vouchers provides a detailed accounting of income and expenditures, including contributions in memory of deceased members. These often have attached obituaries and other information. A small photograph album contains snapshots of one of the reunions.
Box Folder
1 Correspondence, 1975-1996
18 Letters sent, 1975-1996
Letters received, 1975-1996
19 1975
20 1976-1977
21 1983-1988
22 1989-1996
Rosters, 1975-1996
23 Former members, 1975-1996
24 Deceased members, 1975-1996
Box Folder
Oversize 3 Index cards
Box Folder
1 25 Research notes
Events, 1975-1994
26-28 Reunion, 1975
29-31 Reunion, 1976
32 Meeting, 1981
33 General events, 1979-1994
Financial records, 1975-1995
Vouchers, 1975-1995
34 1975
35 1976
36 1977
37 1978-1981
38 1982-1984
39 1985-1987
40 1988-1989
41 1990-1995
42 Account ledger
43 General financial records, 1975-1988
44 Clippings
Box Folder
Oversize 2 Photograph album
Box Folder
1 45 Negatives
Box Folder
Oversize 2 Artifacts: badges
Box Folder
1 General information
46 First Officers Training Camp Association
47 Friends of the Buckeyes
48 Herbert C. and Elizabeth Hammons