Allan Shivers Library & Museum

Allan Shivers Museum

  • Allan Shivers Library and Museum

    A Shivers

    Allan Shivers was born in Lufkin, Texas on October 5, 1907.  He attended school in Woodville and Port Arthur. He received his BA Degree in 1931, and his Law Degree in 1933, both from the University of Texas.  Mr. Shivers married Marialice Shary in 1937, and they had four children. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1934, and served in Europe during World War II.  Mr. Shivers served as Lieutenant Governor from 1947-1949.  After the sudden death of Governor Jester in 1949, Shivers became Governor and thereafter was elected to three full terms.  Governor Shivers has the distinction of serving longer in that office than any other Governor in the history of the state, with the exception of Rick Perry. He served for six years on the Board of Regents of the University of Texas, and was President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1967-1969.

    The building housing the Allan Shivers Museum was built by Robert A. Cruse in 1881. In 1963, it was scheduled for demolition to make way for a motel. Mr. and Mrs. Shivers purchased the home and had it moved to the present location where it was restored and converted into a museum for the presentation and preservation of the legacy of Allan Shivers.  Adjoining the museum is a completely equipped library for reading, study, and research.  The Museum and Library officially opened to the public in 1966, and both have become vital contributors to the cultural life of Tyler County.

    Self-Guided Tours

    Monday-Friday    10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Saturday    10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Over 5 people -- please call ahead


    FREE ADMISSION for individuals and groups of less than 10

    $2.00 - Docent-led tours for groups of 10 or more

    No fee for school groups

  • About the Allan Shivers Museum

    Allan Shivers Library and Museum

    Self-Guided Tours

    Self-guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Note:  Group tours must be arranged in advance of visit.

    An elevator allows the two-story museum to be accessible to all visitors.

    First Floor

    Shivers Office

    The Shivers Office is staged with photos, posters, and diplomas of Allan Shivers' years in politics.

    Marialice Shary Shivers Room (Victorian Parlor)

    This room features photos and information spotlighting Mrs. Shivers' contributions to numerous philanthropic and educational institutions, as well as a glimpse into her private life away from politics.

    Exhibit Hall

    A vast collection of political cartoons covering many topics related to Allan Shivers' career are displayed.  The Exhibit Hall is used for meetings, lectures, and additional temporary exhibits throughout the year.  

    Texas Board Room

    The Texas Board Room features a large collection of antique maps and reference books about Texas history, geography, and important persons that are available for research on-site.  Many of the books belonged to Mr. Shivers.  This room also houses the Library's collection of Texas books available for check out.

    Second Floor

    Shivers Family Room

    The Shivers Family Room shares photos of his family and relatives. In a glass case are figures representing the Shivers in their formal attire for the 1955 (and final) Inauguration, as well as a variety of festival gowns worn by their daughter Marialice Sue (Cissy) Shivers.

    The Awards and Political Rooms feature mementos of Allan Shivers' gubernatorial service.