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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 10: French Brick StudyAdd to your cart.
This series is composed of hand-pressed bricks taken from several sites in the Dallas area and the North Texas area.
Box 215: Laws Street Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks c. 1850s-1860s from Law Street.
Barcode: 400965
Box 216: Laws Street Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks c. 1850s-1860s from Law Street.
Barcode: 400966
Box 217: Camp Street, Belle Starr, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from Camp Street and Belle Starr Outlaws Water well. Original box numbers are 17 and 2526.
Barcode: 400967
Box 218: Camp Street, Belle Starr, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from Camp Street and Belle Starr Outlaws Water well. Original box numbers are 17 and 2526.
Barcode: 400968
Box 219: Jackson Street Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks from Jackson Street. Original box number is 121 (1 of 6).
Barcode: 400969
Box 220: Jackson Street Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks from Jackson Street. Original box number is 21 (1 of 6).
Barcode: 400970
Box 221: French Brick Study #42Add to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks from landmarks. Original box number is 42.
Barcode: 400971
Box 222: Hand Pressed Brick From LandmarksAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks c. 1869-1878 from landmarks. Original box number is 43 (1 of 7).
Barcode: 400972
Box 223: Ashland, Caroline, Cedar Springs, Bogel Hotel RecoveryAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from Ashland, Caroline, Cedar Springs, and Little Mexico.
Barcode: 400973
Box 224: Ashland, Caroline, Cedar Springs, Bogel Hotel Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks c. 1870-1996 from the Bogel Hotel. Original box number is 47.
Barcode: 400974
Box 225: Bogel Hotel Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks c. 1870-1996 from the Bogel Hotel. Original box number is 48.
Barcode: 400975
Box 226: Bogel Hotel Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks c. 1870-1996 from the Bogel Hotel. Original box number is 48.
Barcode: 400976
Box 227: Laws Street Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains four hand pressed bricks. Original box number is 56.
Barcode: 400977
Box 228: Laws Street Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains four hand pressed bricks. Original box number is 56.
Barcode: 400978
Box 229: Fannie Howard's Bordello District, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from Fannie Howard's bordello district. Original box number is 57.
Barcode: 400979
Box 230: Fannie Howard's Bordello District, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from Fannie Howard's Bordello district. Original box number is 57.
Barcode: 400980
Box 231: Austin-Market-Jackson Streets Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from Austin, Market, and Jackson. Original box number is 521.
Barcode: 400981
Box 232: Austin-Market-Jackson Streets Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from Austin and Market Streets.
Barcode: 400982
Box 233: Austin-Market Street Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks c. 1870s-1880s from Austin and Market Streets. Original box number is 20.
Barcode: 400983
Box 234: Austin-Market Street Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks c. 1870s-1880s from Austin and Market Streets. Original box number is 527 (20).
Barcode: 400984
Box 235: Sanger Harris Brick Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks recovered from the Sanger Harris site. Original box number is 219.
Barcode: 400985
Box 236: Sanger Harris Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks recovered from the Sanger Harris site. Original box number is 219.
Barcode: 401021
Box 237: L.A. Reunion Pioneer CemeteryAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks recovered from the L.A. Reunion Pioneer cemetery. Original box number is 1858.
Barcode: 401022
Box 238: Swiss Avenue RecoveryAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks c. 1855-1858 from Swiss Avenue. Original box number is 1858.
Barcode: 401023
Box 239: Swiss Avenue Recovery, Part IAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks from Swiss Avenue and other sites. Original box number is 1858 (#3).
Barcode: 401024
Box 240: Swiss Avenue Recovery, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks from Swiss Avenue and other sites. Original box number is 1858 (#3).
Barcode: 401025
Box 241: European Style Hand Pressed BrickAdd to your cart.
This box contains European style hand pressed bricks c. 1860. Original box number is 1860.
Barcode: 401026
Box 242: Hand Pressed bricks from the Red Light DistrictAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks c. 1860s-1890s from the Red Light District, Market, Jackson streets, privey #3 by trees. Original box number is 1860.
Barcode: 401027
Box 243: Hand Pressed Bricks from the Red Light DistrictAdd to your cart.
This box contains French hand pressed bricks c. 1860s from the Red Light District. Original box number is 1860.
Barcode: 401028
Box 244: Hand Pressed Bricks from St. George HotelAdd to your cart.
This box contains hand pressed bricks from St. George. Original box number is 1878.
Barcode: 401029
Box 245: St. George Brick - Part 2, 1860Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Brick; St. George Hotel/ Hand pressed Brick c. 1860’s, 1 of 4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1878.
Barcode: 401009
Box 246: Sanger Bros. Brick, 1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Brick, Sanger Bro’s Brick; c. 1884-1886; 1 of 3. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1884.
Barcode: 401010
Box 247: Sanger Harris Brick Designer - Part 1, 1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Sanger Harris Recovery Brick – designer 1977 All Styles; Rare, 2 of 4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401011
Box 248: Sanger Harris Brick Designer - Part 2, 1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Sanger Harris Recovery Brick – designer 1977 All Styles; Rare, 2 of 4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401012
Box 249: Sanger Harris Brick Designer - Part 3, 1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Sanger Harris Recovery Brick – designer 1977 All Styles; Rare, 2 of 4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401013
Box 250: Sanger Harris - Part1, 1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Sanger Harris Recovery Brick – designer 1977 All Styles; Rare, 3 of 4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401014
Box 251: Sanger Harris - Part 2, 1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Sanger Harris Recovery Brick – designer 1977 All Styles; Rare, 3 of 4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401015
Box 252: Sanger Harris - Part 3, 1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Sanger Harris Recovery Brick – designer 1977 All Styles; Rare, 3 of 4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401016
Box 253: Sanger Bros. - Cast - Part 1, 1889-1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials six bricks; Sanger Bros – Cast Victorian Brick, c. 1889-1977- Rare designer Brick, 4/4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401017
Box 254: Sanger Bros. - Cast - Part 2, 1889-1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials six bricks; Sanger Bros – Cast Victorian Brick, c. 1889-1977- Rare designer Brick, 4/4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401018
Box 255: Sanger Bros. - Cast - Part 3, 1889-1977Add to your cart.
This box contains materials six bricks; Sanger Bros – Cast Victorian Brick, c. 1889-1977- Rare designer Brick, 4/4. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 401019
Box 256: Portland Cement block Samples, 1920-1930Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Portland Cement block Samples – c. 1920’s-1930’s; Hispanic /African American origin A.M.T; 1999. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study; Original box number is 1920.
Barcode: 401020
Box 257: Troup Brick, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Troup/ Brick from Troup Texas. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1947.
Barcode: 400921
Box 258: Maurice Hotel, 1888Add to your cart.
This box contains bricks from the North Texas Bank building, which later became the Maurice Hotel. It was the tallest building in North Texas. Original box number is 1966.
Barcode: 400922
Box 259: Red Court House, 1820-1860Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Brick shards; Hand pressed Brick Shards, c. 1860-1820; McKinney Ave.  Note on box says Box 2526 Dallas Arena #27 1999-2000. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 2526. Additional number on box is 301.
Barcode: 400920
Box 260: St. George Hotel, 1876-1877Add to your cart.
This box contains materials brick; St. George Hotel - Keeping Well - Hand pressed French Brick. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is 1992.
Barcode: 400919
Box 261: Law St. Brick - Part 1, 2001Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Law Street Recovery 2001 Dec. French hand pressed brick. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is unnumbered.
Barcode: 400918
Box 262: Law St. Brick - Part 2, 2001Add to your cart.
This box contains materials Bricks; Law Street Recovery 2001 Dec. French hand pressed brick. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. Original box number is unnumbered.
Barcode: 400917
Box 263: French Brick from Akard Street - Part 1, 1860Add to your cart.
This box contains materials bricks; hand pressed French brick from Akard St; c.1860’s; (2007/08), The original box number is 2008 or 1858 (#4).
Barcode: 400916
Box 264: French Brick from Akard Street - Part 2, 1860Add to your cart.
This box contains materials bricks; hand pressed French brick from Akard St; c.1860’s; (2007/08), The original box number is 2008 or 1858 (#4).
Barcode: 400915
Box 265: African American Homestead - Addison, TxAdd to your cart.
This box contains materials Brick; African American Homestead Addison, Tx; 1996-95. The original box number is 2526.
Barcode: 400914
Box 266: Recoveries and ResearchAdd to your cart.
This box contains files and documents from Recoveries and Research Dallas Co.; Brick History - Archaeology - Clipping files; 2006/07. The original box number is 219 (#1)
Barcode: 400910
Box 267: Napoleon and L.A. Reunion ColonyAdd to your cart.
This box contains files, documents and books from Napoleon #1; L.A Reunion Colony #2. Box is part of original series; French Brick Study. The original box number is 1855.
Barcode: 400911
Box 268: French Colony of Dallas - L.A. Reunion, 1854-1857Add to your cart.
This box contains materials brick artifact; French Colony of Dallas - L.A. Reunion 1854-1857. The original box number is 1858 (#3)
Barcode: 400912
Box 269: French L.A. ReunionAdd to your cart.
This box contains materials from French LA Reunion; Family/History. The original box number is 1858 (#2).
Barcode: 400913

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