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Alexander M. Troup Collection | Manuscripts

Collection Overview

Title: Alexander M. Troup CollectionAdd to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1970-1990
ID: 01/AR0774
Extent: 464.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The Alexander M. Troup collection is composed of personal papers and 23 series. The collection’s series list includes Mr. Troup’s personal papers (correspondence, research files, as well as art archives and artworks); the Troup family papers; the Troup gallery papers and artwork; and a grouping of series which focus on a specific area, community, or construction site. These site-specific series include the American Airlines/Dallas Arena Recovery 1965-2000series; the Artic Research series; the Austin/Market/Jackson St. series; the Deep Elm (Honest Joe’s)/ Fairmont St. series; the Fair Park series; the French Brick Study series; the Folk Art  series; the  Hollywood, Film, Fashion, and the Image series;  the Howard Hughes series; the JFK Archives; the Laws St. series; the Material Culture series ( for items without a specific location or community); and the Material Culture of Ethnic Communities in Dallas Co series(which includes the following communities: African Americans; the Hispanic Community; the Jewish Community and other ethnic Communities); the Newspaper Collection (includes Occupy clippings and General Clipping collection); the Oak Cliff/Cedar Creek series ;the  Red Light district series;  the San Jacinto-Camp Street Series; the St. George Hotel series; and the Separated Materials series.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2012
Languages: English

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Abstract

The Alexander M. Troup Collection is a collection of items compiled by Mr. Troup which documents the history of Dallas, Texas. His process begins by identifying an area to document. Using archaeological methods, Mr. Troup excavates items for inclusion in the north Texas’ historical record. After the excavation, the items are meticulously packed in boxes to ensure their preservation.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Opening up any box is an adventure. There are boxes within boxes. And within a few of these boxes within boxes, there are boxes filled with artifacts – shards of doll’s faces, flatware from the 1800s, old bottles of cure all, old pipes, many different colors of shards of glass, and shards of pottery. All these tidbits of history housed in one box within a box.

Alexander M. Troup grew up in Dallas and witnessed firsthand the transformation the city underwent to become what it is today – an ever-changing metro-plex. But one thing about Dallas and its insatiable appetite for growth is that many times valuable pieces of history become cannibalized in the process. This is where Mr. Troup saw a need for the city’s history which was being torn down and buried for the next luxury high-rise apartment building or the next strip mall. Mr. Troup is a preservationist. His process begins by identifying a demolition site or an area. He sets up sites and begins to excavate and preserve items by meticulously packing them in boxes. He documents the site and documents the artifacts he has collected after intensive research. His collection contains an abundant amount of artifacts, but also boxes and boxes of resources on material culture, archaeology, and Dallas History.

Not only a historian, and material culture preservationist, but Mr. Troup is an artist whose works echo his assemblages of artifacts. The Troup Family is steeped in the art history of Dallas. The family owned a gallery, Gallery Trohafole, which showcased items made by Dallas Artists and many pieces of folk art. The folk art is mainly whirly gigs – whose characters and themes are wholly Texan. One whirly gig is an oil well complete with a tall steel derrick. Another is made of egg beaters. Other pieces of the Folk Art include pottery from Dallas potters, rare penny dolls, a Hispanic wooden box, a bronze cast of an animal’s skull, and African American sculptures.

With all of this inspiration at his fingertips, it’s no wonder Mr. Troup became an artist. His work includes a piece with wall paper found on a dig site combined with found china, an assemblage of found magazine clippings and wood honoring railroad baron Jay Gould, a canvas to which a found door was attached which can be opened to reveal a women (this piece is inspired by a recluse who lived in her attic), as well as a handmade newspaper clipping box filled with clippings and old fashion magazine excerpts. There are also boxes within boxes that are filled with items that were once memories – small bottles, trinkets, charms, found marbles or stones. The collection, itself, is a piece created with intent. It is an art installation, but also a historic collection designed for Dallas History and the socio-cultural climate to be preserved and remembered. The collection has over twenty series which detail the material culture history of African Americans, Hispanics as well as history of many different neighborhoods in Dallas such as Deep Elm, Laws St., Camp St, and San Jacinto.

The collection’s multitudes of items are items that were once memories – small bottles, trinkets, charms, found marbles or stones as well as shards of glass and ceramics. Each item resonates with these memories, a history of people and places that are long gone, that are now covered by concrete.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Acquisition Source: Alexander M. Troup
Acquisition Method: Gift

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 2: Troup Family PapersAdd to your cart.
This series contains correspondence, photos, and artifacts from the Troup Family.
Sub-Series 01: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 88: Trip to GalvestonAdd to your cart.
This box contains a door knob from a Troup family trip to Galveston. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Original box number is 251.
Barcode: 400860
Box 89: Handmade Shirts, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains handmade shirts by Barbara Troup, Mary Gillilard, and Gloria Hughes. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Original box number is 1284.
Barcode: 400861
Box 90: Handmade Shirts, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains handmade shirts by Barbara Troup, Mary Gillilard, and Gloria Hughes. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Original box number is 1284.
Barcode: 400862
Box 91: Vase from Neiman Marcus, 1964Add to your cart.
This box contains a vase from Neiman Marcus. It is dated 1964. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Original box number is 1421.
Barcode: 400863
Box 92: Ballet ShoesAdd to your cart.
This box contains ballet shoes and a file of papers. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Original box number is 1938.
Barcode: 400864
Box 93: Gepp Family Artifacts and ArtworksAdd to your cart.
This box contains Gepp Family artifacts and artworks. Items include ceramics, metal artifacts and boxes of keepsakes. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Original box number is 1958.
Barcode: 400865
Box 94: Baseball pennant, c.1963-1965Add to your cart.
This box contains a baseball pennant and papers about the pennant. it is dated c. 1963-1965. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Box does not have original box number.
Barcode: 400866
Sub-Series 02: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Box 95: Troup and Gepp PapersAdd to your cart.
This box contains files and artifacts about Troup / Gepp papers. The original number is 145 or 146 (1 of 3).
Barcode: 400826
Box 96: Family Correspondence - Poets and WritersAdd to your cart.
This box contains files, documents, books and correspondences. The original number is 1933.
Barcode: 400827
Box 97: Troup Family - Troup Gallery and the History of Dallas ArtAdd to your cart.
This box contains files and documents. The original number is 1986 (1 of 9).
Barcode: 400828
Box 98: Artist, Authors, Friends and FamilyAdd to your cart.
This box contains letters, correspondence, cards - artist, authors, friends and family. the original number is 1998/99.
Barcode: 400829
Box 99: SMU YearbooksAdd to your cart.
This box contains SMU yearbooks. The original number is 2165 (1of 2)
Barcode: 400830
Box 100: Troup Family FilesAdd to your cart.
This box contains files and documents. The original number is 2165 (# 2).
Barcode: 400831
Box 101: Troup Family CareerAdd to your cart.
This box contains files, documents, journals, and books. The original number is 2165 ( #7).
Barcode: 400832
Box 102: Troup Family - GalleryAdd to your cart.
This box contains files and documents. The original number is 2165.
Barcode: 400833
Box 103: Troup Family - GalleryAdd to your cart.
This box contains files, documents, and books. The original number is 2165 (#3).
Barcode: 400834
Sub-Series 03: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 104: Hazel Troup Photo, 1915Add to your cart.
This box contains a photo of Hazel Troup. Additional box label information includes: side label which details box contents. Box is does not have original series label. Original box number is 510.
Barcode: 400867

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