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Iva Tevis Collection

Identifier: AC-264

Scope and Contents

The Ive Tevis Collection consists mainly of photographs spanning the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth. The photographs include portraits of Iva and images of Tevis and collegues at the Jefferson County Courthouse, the congregation of Washington Boulevard Christian Church, and Tevis and a teammate dressed in baseball uniforms at Stuart Stadium. The collection also includes Iva Tevis's personal papers related to Washington Boulevard Christian Church, the Texas League of Professional Baseball Clubs, and Magnolia Cemetery, as well as a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about his life and work.


  • Creation: c.1890 - c.1940

Conditions Governing Use

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsiblity for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical / Historical

Iva Texas (1873-1942) lived most of his life in Southeast Texas and was a descedent of one of the area's first families. He was born in the Tevis family home in 1873, on the site of the future Amelia Oil Field (near the present-day intersection of Major Drive and College Street) and was the great-grandson of Nancy Tevis. Tevis was a talented pitcher and in the early 1900s played baseball in the Texas League for the Houston Buffs and in the American Association in Indianapolis.

Around 1908, Tevis returned to Beaumont, Texas and worked as Deputy Pound Master, Superintendent of the Street and Bridge Department, Deputy Sherrif, and beginning in 1933, as Constable of Precint 1, a position he held for the rest of his life. Upon his death in 1942, his wife, Mrs. Iva Tevis, assumed his position as Constable for the last eight months of his term. Iva was an active member of Washington Boulevard Christian Church and was buried at Magnolia Cemetery.


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Iva Tevis, born in Southeast Texas in 1873, was the great-grandson of Nancy Tevis, a member of one of Beaumont's first families. In the early 1900s, he played professional baseball with the Texas League and the American Association, and soon after returned to Beaumont to work for the city. In 1933, he became Constable of Precinct 1, a position he held for the rest of his life. The Iva Tevis Collection features portraits of Iva, photographs from his professional, sporting, and church activities, and personal papers, as well as a scrapbook of newspaper clippings focused on his life and work.


Series 1: Photographs

Series 2: Personal Papers

Series 3: Duplicates and Research Notes

Series 4: Scrapbooks

Iva Tevis Collection
Katherine Leister, Assistant Archivist
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository