Austin History Center

Sunrise Optimist Club Records

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sunrise Optimist Club
Title: Sunrise Optimist Club Records
Abstract: The Sunrise Optimist Club was a charitable men's club located in North Austin, Texas dedicated to bettering the community. This collection largely documents the youth baseball leagues run by the club from 1966-1977, as well as the organization itself in the early 1970s.
Identification: AR.2017.015
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

This unit of the Optimist Club was founded in 1963 in Austin, Texas as the Capital Plaza Optimist Club and became the Sunrise Optimist Club in 1972. It was one of six North Austin (Zone 12) Optimist Clubs, each of which was self-sustaining and self-guiding under the Optimist International organization. The club was made up of men who volunteered their time to building a better community and developing the youth. Activities put on by the club include contests, youth baseball leagues, educational programs, and appreciation events.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of the records of the Pony, Colt, and All-Star youth baseball league teams run by the Sunrise Optimist Club between 1966 and 1977. Included are player statistics, rosters, photographs of teams, and award ceremony records. Also in the collection is a folder of organizational records of the Sunrise Optimist Club, mostly dated 1972-1973. Included are memos, pictures, and clippings regarding Ed O'Dell stepping down as youth baseball leader, 1973 member handbooks, baseball committee rules, meeting minutes, a speech about youth appreciation week, pamphlets, etc.


Collection is arranged into two series:
I. Organizational records
II. Baseball league records


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
O'Dell, Ed.
Capital Plaza Optimist Club (Austin, Tex.).
Sunrise Optimist Club (Austin, Tex.).
Optimist International.
Pony League (Austin, Tex.).
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Baseball teams--Texas--Austin--History.
Men--Societies and clubs.
Service organizations--Texas--Austin.
Youth league baseball.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Subject - Optimist Clubs of Austin
  • AF Subject - Baseball B1198

General Collection

  • A 338.4700097 Au The Austin Optimist Club. 1984

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sunrise Optimist Club Records (AR.2017.015). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1968/054

Donation Date: 2017

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Kendall Newton in 2017.

The youth baseball league papers were originally contained in a three-ring binder. They have been taken out of the binder but the original order and the original tabs have been retained.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Organizational Records, 1962-1973, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Optimist Club papers, 1962-1973, undated

Baseball League Records, 1966-1977, undated

Box Folder
1 2 Pony League records, 1966-1977
3 Colt League records, 1966-1977
4 All-Star League records, 1966-1977, undated