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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 4: American Airlines/Dallas Arena Recovery, 1965-2000Add to your cart.
This series contains items removed from the American Airlines/Dallas Arena recovery Site. It is composed of glass bottles, ceramic or glass shards, and metal objects.
Box 138: European and American Style Plates, China, and ShardsAdd to your cart.
This box contains European and American style china shards and handles. Original box number is 25.
Barcode: 400884
Box 139: Dallas Fine ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
This box contains tins filled with ink wells, ceramics, perfume bottles, medicine bottles, and various glass and ceramic shards from the Dallas arena recovery, 1999 - 2001. Original box number is 26.
Barcode: 400885
Box 140: Fine Artifacts, Boxes #40 and #50Add to your cart.
This box contains an identification record as well as toys, ceramic and glass shards, wood, and metal. Original box number is 27 and it also includes box numbers #40 and #50.
Barcode: 400923
Box 141: American Airlines Fine ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
This box contains an identification record, multiple boxes filled with ceramic and glass shards, as well as metal pieces. Original box number is 28.
Barcode: 400924
Box 142: Fine Artifacts, Boxes #29, #30, and 1946 Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains ceramic and glass shards as well as metal artifacts. Original box numbers are 29, 30, and 1946 (part II).
Barcode: 400925
Box 143: American Airlines Box #30Add to your cart.
This box contains an identification record and fine artifacts such as ceramic and glass shards as well as metal artifacts. Original box number is 30.
Barcode: 400926
Box 144: Artifacts of Material Culture and Alamo St. RecoveryAdd to your cart.
This box contains an identification record and fine artifacts such as ceramic and glass shards as well as metal artifacts. Original box numbers are 32 and 1919 (part II).
Barcode: 400927
Box 145: China Shards and Whiskey BottlesAdd to your cart.
This box contains an identification record and fine artifacts such as china shards and whiskey bottles. Original box number is 1900.
Barcode: 400929
Box 146: Hotel and Residence China ShardsAdd to your cart.
This box contains fine artifacts such as china shards arranged in a basket as a still life. Original box numbers are 1901 and 1938.
Barcode: 400928
Box 147: Ink Wells and BottlesAdd to your cart.
This box contains fine artifacts such as ink wells and bottles dated from the 1880s-1900s. Original box number is 1902.
Barcode: 400930
Box 148: Drugstore Bottles and Condiment JarsAdd to your cart.
This box contains an identification record and fine artifacts such as drugstore bottles as well as food and condiment bottles. Original box numbers are 1903 and 1915.
Barcode: 400931
Box 149: Patent Medicine Bottles and VesselsAdd to your cart.
This box contains patent medicine bottles and vessels. Original box number is 1904 (1 of 3).
Barcode: 400932
Box 150: Round Bottom Soda Pop Bottles and Condiment JarsAdd to your cart.
This box contains an identification record and fine artifacts such as rare round bottom soda pop bottles and food or condiment jars. Original box numbers are 1905 and 1922.
Barcode: 400933
Box 151: Patent Medicine Bottles and VesselsAdd to your cart.
This box contains patent medicine bottles and vessels from the c.1880s -1900s. Original box number is 1907.
Barcode: 400934
Box 152: Pottery Jugs and a Ceramic Crock, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains pottery jugs and a ceramic crock from c. 1890s - 1900s. Original box number is 1908.
Barcode: 400935
Box 153: Pottery Jugs and a Ceramic Crock, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains pottery jugs and a ceramic crock from c. 1890s - 1900s. Original box number is 1908.
Barcode: 400936
Box 154: Four Tins of China and ShardsAdd to your cart.
This box contains fine art china and tins from c. 1840s - 1900s. Original box number is 1909.
Barcode: 400937
Box 155: Hotel ChinaAdd to your cart.
This box contains hotel china from Dallas dated between c. 1870s - 1914. Original box number is 1909.
Barcode: 400938
Box 156: Glass Telegraph InsulatorsAdd to your cart.
This box contains telegraph insulators from c. 1879 - 1900s. Original box number is 1910.
Barcode: 400939
Box 157: Artifacts of Material Culture and Stone ShardsAdd to your cart.
This box contains stone and mortar shards from Artifacts of Material Culture. Original box numbers are 1911 and 1999/2000.
Barcode: 400940
Box 158: Southwest Dallas Co. Soda Pop BottlesAdd to your cart.
This box contains soda pop bottles retrieved from Southwest Dallas Co. and are dated from the 19th and 20th century. Original box number is 1912.
Barcode: 400941
Box 159: Ink CrocksAdd to your cart.
This box contains ink crocks from London, England dated from c. 1870 - 1879. Original box number is 1913.
Barcode: 400942
Box 160: Black GlassAdd to your cart.
This box contains black glass for bottle manufacturing, c. 1870’s. Original box number is 1914.
Barcode: 400943
Box 161: Glass and Leather Material CultureAdd to your cart.
This box contains glass and leather material culture artifacts from the 19th century. Original box numbers are 1916 and 1918.
Barcode: 400944
Box 162: Pottery Jug and CeramicsAdd to your cart.
This box contains a pottery jug and ceramics from the 19th century. Original box number is 1917.
Barcode: 400945
Box 163: Artifacts of Material CultureAdd to your cart.
This box contains artifacts of material culture such as glass and ceramic shards as well as metal artifacts from the 19th century. Original box numbers are 1918 (Part II) and 1919.
Barcode: 400946
Box 164: Baked on Enamel Signs and Metal SignsAdd to your cart.
This box contains baked on enamel signs, c. 1890s - 1900s as well as metal signs. Original box numbers are 1919 and 1932.
Barcode: 400947
Box 165: Ceramic Crocks, Vessels, and ContainersAdd to your cart.
This box contains ceramic crocks, vessels and containers. Original box number is 1920.
Barcode: 400948
Box 166: Food Jars and ContainersAdd to your cart.
This box contains food jars and vessels from c. 1870s - 1908. Original box number is 1921.
Barcode: 400949
Box 167: Hotel ware and Other Unique ObjectsAdd to your cart.
This box contains hotel ware and other unique objects (odds and endings - plates, cups, etc.). The original box number is 1927 (1/3).
Barcode: 400898
Box 168: Hotel ware and Other Unique ObjectsAdd to your cart.
This box contains hotel ware and other unique objects (odds and endings - plates, cups, etc.). The original box number is 1927 (1/3).
Barcode: 400897
Box 169: Fine Artifacts and Swamp Artifacts, 1880-1920Add to your cart.

(This is a combined box. It contains box 1937/B and box 1946). This box contains fine artifacts. The original box number is 1927/B (1/2).

This box contains materials from Dallas Arena Swamp Artifacts; wood, leather, and metal, c. 1880’s-1920’s, 1999-2001. The original box number is 1946.

Barcode: 400896
Box 170: Fine China - Art Pottery Shards - Boxed in Tin Cans, 1840-1910Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Fine China - Art Pottery Shards, (4 tins), c. 1840’s-1910, 1999-2000. The original box number is 1932 (1 of 4).
Barcode: 400895
Box 171: Fine China - Art Pottery and China - Pottery Shards in Boxed Tin Cans, 1840-1915Add to your cart.

(This is a combine box. It contains box 1933 and box 1948).  This box contains fine china/art pottery. The original box number is 1933 (1/4).

This box contains materials from Dallas Arena -China/Pottery Shards (2 tins), c. 1840’s-1915 (1999-2001). The original box number is 1948 (4 of 4).

Barcode: 400894
Box 172: Dallas Beer, Black Glass and Gin - Bottles, 1870-1900Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Dallas Beer, Black Glass and Gin, c. 1870’s-1900’s, 1 of 4. The original box number is 1937 (1 of 4).
Barcode: 400893
Box 173: Pottery and Hotel China, 1870-1920Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Pottery, German, other and Hotel China, c.1870’s-1920. The original box number is 1939 (1 of 4) or (1 of 3).
Barcode: 400892
Box 174: Pottery - Jug - Containers, 1880-1890Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Dallas Arena Recovery; Pottery/Jug Containers, 2 items, c. 1880’s-1890’s, 1999. The original box number is 1941.
Barcode: 400891
Box 175: Food Jars - Bottles, 1880-1914Add to your cart.
This box contains materials bottles and vessels from Dallas Arena Alamo St. - Food Jars and Misc.; c. 1880-1914 bottles, vessels, containers. The original number is 1944 (4 of 4).
Barcode: 400890
Box 176: Beer Bottles and Bitter VesselsAdd to your cart.
This box contains 19th century beer bottles and bitters vessels. The original number is 1947 (1 of 3).
Barcode: 400889
Box 177: Pottery Jugs, 1880-1914Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Dallas Arena - Pottery Jugs #2 (2 bottles), c.1880’s-1914, (1999-2000). The original box number is 1947 (1 of 3).
Barcode: 400888
Box 178: Fine Artifacts Boxed, 1870-1900Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Fine Artifact from Dallas Arena, c. 1870’s -1900’s. The original box number is 1950 (4 of 4).
Barcode: 400887
Box 179: Fine Artifacts Boxed, 1870-1900Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Fine Artifact from Dallas Arena, c. 1870’s -1900’s, The original box number is 1950 (4 of 4)
Barcode: 400886
Box 180: Fine Art China Shards - Artifacts, 1840-1900Add to your cart.
(This is a combined box. It contains box 1951 and 1952). This box contains fine china tins collected from the American Airlines recovery in 1999. The original box number is 1952 (4/5). This box contains fine art china shards and two tins from c.1840s - 1900s. The original box number is 1951 (4/5).
Barcode: 400858
Box 181: Jugs, 1900-1914Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Dallas Arena Pottery Jugs (2 bottles), c. 1900’s-1914, (1999-2001). The original box number is 1953 (3 of 3).
Barcode: 400857
Box 182: Ceramic Jugs, 1900-1914Add to your cart.
This box contains three ceramic jugs from c. 1900s - 1912/14. The original box number is 1954 (4/6).
Barcode: 400856
Box 183: Metal ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
This box contains materials from Metal Artifact/Brass, etc., 19th century. The original box number is 1960 (2 of 3).
Barcode: 400855
Box 184: Odds and Endings, 1880-1900Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from American Airlines - odds/endings (glass, metal, wood) c. 1880’s-1900’s. The original box number is 1961.
Barcode: 400854
Box 185: HorseshoesAdd to your cart.
This box contains 30 different Horseshoes. The original number is 1999/2000.
Barcode: 400853
Box 186: Dallas Arena MapAdd to your cart.
This box contains a Dallas Arena Map (rolled up).  The original number is 2018.
Barcode: 400852

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