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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 3: ArtAdd to your cart.
The Art series is composed of two sub-series: the Alexander M. Troup Art series and the Troup Gallery series. The AMT Art series contains shadow boxes, paintings, sketches, and other artworks created by Alexander M. Troup. The Troup Gallery series is composed of artworks once housed in the Troup family's gallery and papers, correspondence, and publications from the gallery.
Sub-Series 01: Alexander M. Troup ArtAdd to your cart.
 
Box 105: Extinct Species Box - Pulling OperationsAdd to your cart.
This box contains materials #1 Extinct Species Box; #2 Doc. Alex Teeth; Pulling Operations. The original box number is 44 (#1).
Barcode: 400835
Box 106: Extinct Species Box - Pulling OperationsAdd to your cart.
This box contains materials #1 Extinct Species Box; #2 Doc. Alex Teeth; Pulling Operations. The original box number is 44 (#1).
Barcode: 400836
Box 107: Like the Leather of New YorkAdd to your cart.
This box contains a shadow box/ abstract minimal called "Like the leather of New York". The original box number is 77.
Barcode: 400837
Box 108: Plastic NarcissismAdd to your cart.
This box contains abstract minimalism shadow box. The original box number is 78.
Barcode: 400838
Box 109: Art PublicationsAdd to your cart.
This box contains art publications, books and examples. The original box number is 175.
Barcode: 400839
Box 110: Tramp Balls In Hidden SpacesAdd to your cart.
This box contains the artwork called "Tramp Balls in Hidden Spaces. The original number is 200.
Barcode: 400840
Box 111: The Last American Artist KitAdd to your cart.
This box contains a kit or object called "The Last American Artist Kit. The original number is 1977 or 1981.
Barcode: 400841
Box 112: L.A. Reunion and The CapitalAdd to your cart.
This box contains copies of L.A. Reunion maps (1855) and artwork called the "The Capital. The original number is 1841/42.
Barcode: 400842
Box 113: Snowmen and Seashells on Environmental Disaster, 1999Add to your cart.
This box contains collage / assemblage called "Snowmen and Seashells". The original number is 1888.
Barcode: 400843
Box 114: Huge Shoes, 1970, 1990Add to your cart.
This box contains artwork (3); done in the 1970's and 1990's. The original number is 1898 or 1970.
Barcode: 400844
Box 115: Handmade - Manmade - Artwork, 1960-1970Add to your cart.
This box contains artwork from 1960-1970. The original number is 1902.
Barcode: 400845
Box 116: Handmade - Manmade - Artwork, 1960-1970Add to your cart.
This box contains artwork from 1960-1970. The original number is 1902.
Barcode: 400846
Box 117: Newspaper Collection - AMT ArtworkAdd to your cart.
This box contains a handmade box for a newspaper collection. The original number is 1971 (#1).
Barcode: 400847
Box 118: Some of My First Works of ArtAdd to your cart.
This box contains artwork made by Alex Troup. The original number is 1972.
Barcode: 400848
Box 119: Jay Largo - ArtworkAdd to your cart.
This box contains a Jay Largo artwork. The original number is 1974.
Barcode: 400849
Box 120: Willard Muse - ArtworkAdd to your cart.
This box contains a Willard Muse artwork. The original number is 1974
Barcode: 400850
Box 121: Sheet Music by the ScaleAdd to your cart.
This box contains artwork called "Sheet Music by the Scale". The original number is 1977.
Barcode: 400851
Sub-Series 02: Troup Gallery ArtAdd to your cart.
 
Box 122: Studies, Thoughts, Art files, Collage, and ConceptsAdd to your cart.
This box contains art files of studies, thoughts, and college concepts. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 300.
Barcode: 400868
Box 123: Dallas History, Art, and PoetryAdd to your cart.
This box contains papers, clippings, and publications pertaining to Dallas History, art, and poetry. Original box number is 1969 (#15).
Barcode: 400869
Box 124: Troup Gallery, Art and PrintsAdd to your cart.
This box contains papers, clippings, books, and catalogs pertaining to the Troup Gallery. Original box number is 1986.
Barcode: 400870
Box 125: Two ArtworksAdd to your cart.
This box contains two artworks: Crab Legs and Shell Box. Original box numbers are 3 and 4.
Barcode: 400871
Box 126: Gustave Collections and Worthington ColescottAdd to your cart.
This box contains papers and two framed artworks. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box numbers are 27 and 3997.
Barcode: 400873
Box 127: Troup Gallery, Paper Mache Mask and Tile MosaicAdd to your cart.
This box contains a paper mache mask and a tile mosaic. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 511.
Barcode: 400872
Box 128: The Last American Artist KitAdd to your cart.
This box contains an artwork composed of found objects - a doctor's fallout bag filled with paint tubes and art supplies. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 1977.
Barcode: 400874
Box 129: Emiliano Zapata, Bluebonnets, and SketchesAdd to your cart.
This box contains framed wooden piece of Emiliano Zapata, a canvas of Bluebonnets, and sketches. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box numbers are1995, 1996,and 1905.
Barcode: 400875
Box 130: Vintage Menus and Mona GribbleAdd to your cart.
This box contains vintage menus, an artwork by Mona Gribble, a snake print by an unidentified artist, a book page titled Sir Thomas Strange, a book page titled L'Amite de un Grand Chimiste[...], a file folder titled the Price of Hamburgers, as well as files of papers. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box numbers are 28, 1964, 1907, 1908.
Barcode: 400876
Box 131: Troup Gallery Scrapbook and Art PublicationsAdd to your cart.
This box contains the Troup Gallery scrapbook and assorted art publications. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 1910
Barcode: 400877
Box 132: The Red Heart Shadow BoxAdd to your cart.
This box contains a red heart shadow box made by Troup when he was working at the David Gibson/Peter Wolf Stage Studios. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 1979/78.
Barcode: 400878
Box 133: Artworks, Slides, Scrapbook, and SketchbooksAdd to your cart.
This box contains artworks, slides, a scrapbook, and a sketchbook. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 1986 (#7).
Barcode: 400879
Box 134: Dolls, Framed Works, and PublicationsAdd to your cart.
This box contains two dolls, a framed work, and an art publication. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 1986 (#2).
Barcode: 400880
Box 135: Tessa de Mar and a Lithography StoneAdd to your cart.
This box contains a framed piece by Tessa de Mar, the last printmakers little stone to survive the move from the Dallas Print and Drawing Society, papers about four artists and the JFK museum.. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box numbers are 2012 and 1961/62.
Barcode: 400881
Box 136: Otis DozierAdd to your cart.
This box contains a tin bin of toys and small artifacts. It is a piece by artist Otis Dozier titled Toys and Things. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box number is 2018.
Barcode: 400882
Box 137: Framed Works and PapersAdd to your cart.
This box contains papers which compose an art archives as well as a small framed work. Additional box label information includes: side label detailing box contents. Box does not have original series indicator. Original box numbers are 2 and 3996.
Barcode: 400883

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