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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 11: Folk ArtAdd to your cart.
The Folk Art series contains various artifacts and research of folk art in the Dallas area. It is composed of whirly gigs, face jugs, a tin man, a rare penny doll, and other similar artworks. Some pieces were made by two brothers– Juan and Apolonia Lira. Other pieces in the series were made by Charlie Cowart, Richard Neidhart, while others were sourced from the Fox Valley Antique Show. Juan and Apolonia had gone to prison in Huntsville and when they moved to Oak Cliff - one brother worked on cars and the other worked on shoes. Their piece, the Wooden Cage, was made during their time in prison. Charlie Cowart made grave markers for humans and animals that passed away. Richard Neidhart started out farming and then crop dusting before becoming an art professor at a local college. Hi sculptures blend abstract sculpture with his interest in farming and nature.
Box 270: Sailor's Valentine and PapersAdd to your cart.
This box contains inventories as well as the Sailor's Valentine Folk Art. Original box numbers are 1249 and 1925.
Barcode: 401146
Box 271: Bishop Arts District, 1980-1990Add to your cart.
This box contains various art pieces from artist from the Bishop Arts District. C. 1980s-1990. Original box number is 1980 and is 1 of 3.
Barcode: 663022
Box 272: Urban Archeologist, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains various artifacts. Original box number is 1285.
Barcode: 663021
Box 273: Folk Art Bottle, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Folk Art Bottle Hand Blown. The original box number is 2015.
Barcode: 663020
Box 274: Estate of Hazel Troup, 1900-1920Add to your cart.
This box contains arts & crafts, bowel and books from the Hazel Troup Estate. The original box number is 1921.
Barcode: 663019
Box 275: Pottery Jugs, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from 4 Craig/ Brown Pottery Jugs. The original box number is 2017.
Barcode: 663018
Box 276: Comic Character Whirly Gig and Bases for Washer WomenAdd to your cart.
This box contains the comic character whirly gig and the bases for washer women. Original box number is 1934.
Barcode: 401147
Box 277: Folk Art Artifacts, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Folk Art / Artifacts. Box is part of original series; Folk Art. The original box numbers are 2013 and 4.
Barcode: 663017
Box 278: Folk Art - Small ItemsAdd to your cart.
This box contains ceramics and other materials from Folk Art small items. Box is part of original series; Folk Art. Original box number is 1944.
Barcode: 401148
Box 279: Oil Derick - Part 1, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Box #2 Oil Derick and small objects. The original box numbers are 2012 and 2.
Barcode: 663016
Box 280: Oil Derick - Part 2, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Box #2 Oil Derick and small objects. The original box numbers are 2012 and 2.
Barcode: 663015
Box 281: Oil Derick - Part 3, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Box #2 Oil Derick and small objects. The original box numbers are 2012 and 2.
Barcode: 663014
Box 282: Oil Derick - Part 4, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Box #2 Oil Derick and small objects. The original box numbers are 2012 and 2.
Barcode: 663013
Box 283: Whirly gig - Part 1, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Box #1 Oil Derrick, Whirly gig, and small objects. The original box number is 1999 and 1.
Barcode: 663012
Box 284: Whirly gig - Part 2, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Box #1 Oil Derrick, Whirly gig, and small objects. The original box number is 1999 and 1.
Barcode: 663011
Box 285: First Artworks - Part 1, 1880Add to your cart.
This box contains one of Troup's first artworks from the Old City c. 1880. Dump artifacts assemblage. The original box numbers are 1969 and 1 of 3.
Barcode: 663010
Box 286: First Artworks - Part 2, 1880Add to your cart.
This box contains one of Troup's first artworks from the Old City c. 1880. Dump artifacts assemblage. The original box numbers are 1969 and 1 of 3.
Barcode: 663009
Box 287: Face Jugs - Part 1, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from 2 E.J. Brown Face Jugs – Pottery. The original box number is 2016.
Barcode: 663008
Box 288: Face Jugs - Part 2, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from 2 E.J. Brown Face Jugs – Pottery. The original box number is 2016.
Barcode: 663007
Box 289: Folk Art - Items from the Wooden CageAdd to your cart.

This box contains wooden, ceramic, and found artifacts which were housed in a wooden cage made in prison. Original box number is 2013.

This box contains materials from 4 Craig/ Brown Pottery Jugs. 2017

Barcode: 401149
Box 290: Man Chopping block, Needle Point, Tin Can, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains materials from Box #3 Whirly gig Base in # 1 Box. The original box numbers are 1998, 3, and 1.
Barcode: 401150
Box 291: Folk Art ArchivesAdd to your cart.
This box contains papers, clippings, and publications about Folk Art. Original box number is 2011 (#1).
Barcode: 401143
Box 292: Folk Art ArchivesAdd to your cart.
This box contains papers, clippings, and publications about Folk Art. Original box number is 2011 (#3).
Barcode: 401144
Box 293: Folk Art ArchivesAdd to your cart.
This box contains papers, clippings, an inventory, and publications about Folk Art. Original box number is 2011 (#5).
Barcode: 401145

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