Title of Collection

Ervin Family Papers, (1875-2015)


Ervin Family

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


Inclusive Dates--Bulk


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains several folders of photographs from early 20th century of the Ervin family, some correspondence (including World War II correspondence), gravestone photographs, genealogical information, and a 1904 marriage certificate.

Biographical Note

This collection represents the Ervin family, whose ancestry traces back to Scotland. This collection especially concerns the family of Jonas Lafayette and Mary Hamilton Ervin, Ruth and Abbie Ervin, and the history of Ervin Ranch.

Donor Note

Linda Ervin Heard


This collection contains two boxes arranged loosely by media type. The older photographs are housed together followed by specific photograph collections, genealogical material, and artifacts.

Content List


Box 1
[First Folder] Finding Aid

["OLD RIP" Horned Toad Figurine] undated
[Photographs, 1 of 8], 1903-1904, undated
[Photographs, 2 of 8], 1916, undated
[Photographs, 3 of 8], 1945-2001
[Photographs, 4 of 8], 1955-1997

Box 2
[Photographs, 5 of 8], circa 1906
[Photographs, 6 of 8], circa 1906
[Photographs, 7 of 8], circa 1914(?)-1925
[Photographs, 8 of 8], circa 1920-1948
[Photographs-Military], 1916-1940
Photographs-Florence Eudy], 1991-2001
[Mary Ervin Estate Record], 1946
[J. L. and Mary Ervin 50th anniversary, family portraits], circa 1916-1925
[Brad, Texas, Methodist Camp meeting Photographs], circa 1920
[Photograph of Great-Grandad Hamilton at the Cliff, with modern-day photograph of the site], undated, 2015
[Photographs of Ervin Ranch], circa 1920s
[Letters, Funeral/Obituary, Memoir], 1875, 1960, 1964, 1983(?), 1990, 2014
[Ervin Family Gravestone Photographs], undated
[Newspaper Clippings], 1961-1997, 2014
[Ranger, TX, clippings and history], 1982-2009, undated
Evangelist E. S. Fitzgerald, undated
Ruth and Abbie [Ervin], [including World War II letters and James and Marie Ervin's Marriage Certificate], 1904-1992
[Ervin Obituaries, Grave Photos, and Family Tree], 1973-2002
[Miscellaneous], 1912, undated
[Ervin Genealogy Chapter], undated
[Family Documents and Genealogy], 1877-1899; 1982-2015
Short Biographies of the Children of Jonas Lafayette Ervin and Mary Hamilton Ervin, undated


Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century



Extent of Collection

2.0 linear feet (2 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #266

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Closed to researchers. This collection is currently on loan to the original donors. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives for more information.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Troy Wade, Mac Ice, and Amanda Dietz


This collection is currently on loan to the donors as of 12 September 2022.

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