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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 24: Separated MaterialsAdd to your cart.
The separated materials series was created from items removed from original location during collection processing. Factors in item removal which lead to inclusion in this series consisted of format discordance with items in original location, the fragility of an item, item-level historical significance to collection, and the rarity of an item.
Sub-Series 1: ArtAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: Art: Egyptian MosaicAdd to your cart.
This item is an Egyptian Mosaic made by Barbra Troup.
Barcode: 401163
Item 2: Art: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
This item is an artwork done in the 1980s by Alexander M. Troup.
Barcode: 401164
Item 3: Art: Wood Framing SawAdd to your cart.
This item contains a wood framing saw.
Barcode: 401165
Item 4: Art: American CzarAdd to your cart.
This item is an artwork titled American Czar.
Barcode: 401185
Item 5: Art: The Crescent Shadow BoxAdd to your cart.
This item is an artwork titled The Crescent.
Barcode: 401186
Item 6: Art: Hard Cut to Emphasize StruggleAdd to your cart.
This item is an artwork titled Hard Cut to Emphasize Struggle.
Barcode: 401187
Item 7: Art: American Nest EggAdd to your cart.
This item is an artwork titled American Nest Egg.
Barcode: 401188
Item 8: Art: Artwork made at the Gibson/Wolf Stage StudiosAdd to your cart.
This item is an artwork made at the Gibson/Wolf Stage Studios.
Barcode: 401189
Item 9: Art: Artwork made for Barbara TroupAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork made for Barbara Troup by Alex M. Troup in 1973-74.
Barcode: 401190
Item 10: Art: Tall in Tight SpacesAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork titled Tall in Tight Spaces, 1983.
Barcode: 401191
Item 11: Art: Handmade, Man MadeAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork titled Handmade, Man Made.
Barcode: 401191
Item 12: Art: MarbleAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork made of marble which in encased in a wooden crate.
Barcode: 401193
Item 13: Art: Cannibals in DallasAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork encased in a wooden crate with the title, Cannibals in Dallas, painted on the crate.
Barcode: 401194
Item 14: Art: MarbleAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork made of marble encased in a wooden crate.
Barcode: 401195
Item 15: Art: In Capitol FashionAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork titled In Capitol Fashion.
Barcode: 401181
Item 16: Art: Framed PieceAdd to your cart.
This is a framed work created by Alex M. Troup.
Barcode: 401196
Item 17: Art: Five WorksAdd to your cart.
This bundle of works was originally titled Five Works.
Barcode: 401184
Item 18: Art: Etruscan LadyAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork created by Rudy Pozzatti titled Etruscan Lady, 1963.
Barcode: 401183
Item 19: Art: Bob SolitaireAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork created by Bob Solitaire. It is dated November 15, 1967.
Barcode: 401182
Item 20: Art: Andrew StasickAdd to your cart.
This is a piece created by Andrew Stasick titled Summer XVIII.
Barcode: 401168
Sub-Series 2: Arctic ResearchAdd to your cart.
 
Item 21: Arctic Research: Dr. Hall in the ArcticAdd to your cart.
This item contains a shadow box for Dr. Hall in the Arctic.
barcode: 401166
Item 22: Arctic Research: Franklin Beach Island Arctic ArtworkAdd to your cart.
This item contains arctic artwork of Franklin Beach Island.
barcode: 401167
Sub-Series 3: Austin-Market-Jackson StreetsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 23: Austin-Market-Jackson Streets: Courthouse SlateAdd to your cart.
This item contains a red slate from the courthouse 1988.
barcode: 401170
Item 24: Austin-Market-Jackson Streets: Courthouse SlateAdd to your cart.
This item contains a red slate from the courthouse 1988.
barcode: 401171
Sub-Series 4: Deep Elm-Fairmont StreetsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 25: Deep-Elm-Fairmont Streets: Honest Joe's SignAdd to your cart.
This item contains Honest Joe's Pawn Shop sign 1985.
barcode: 401173
Item 26: Deep-Elm-Fairmont Streets: Honest Joe's SignAdd to your cart.
This item contains Honest Joe's Pawn Shop sign.
Item 27: Deep-Elm-Fairmont Streets: Gallery Trohafole SignAdd to your cart.
This item contains Gallery Trohafole sign 1985.
barcode: 401172
Sub-Series 5: Folk ArtAdd to your cart.
 
Item 28: Folk Art: Willard Muse ToyAdd to your cart.
This item contains a Willard Muse toy.
barcode: 401198
Item 29: Folk Art: Willard Muse ClapperAdd to your cart.
This item is a clapper.
barcode: 401176
Item 30: Folk Art: Willard Muse SignAdd to your cart.
This item contains a Willard Muse sign.
barcode: 401177
Item 31: Folk Art: ArtifactAdd to your cart.
This item contains an artifact by Airplane Payne.
barcode: 401178
Item 32: Folk Art: Airplane PayneAdd to your cart.
This item is an artifact by Airplane Payne, 1983.
barcode: 401200
Item 33: Folk Art: Richard Neidhart TableAdd to your cart.
This item contains a Richard Neidhart table which is titled 'Chicken Man' and is dated 1983.
barcode: 401201
Item 34: Folk Art: Ad CorpAdd to your cart.
This item is an untitled Ad Corp artifact which is dated 1895.
barcode: 401202
Item 35: Folk Art: Willard Muse DrapeAdd to your cart.
This item is a Willard Muse Drape.
barcode: 401203
Item 36: Folk Art: Willard Muse CoatsAdd to your cart.
This items are  Willard Muse's coats.
barcode: 401204
Item 37: Folk Art: Richard Niedhart's Goat TableAdd to your cart.
This item contains Richard Niedhart's 'Goat Table.'
barcode: 401205
Item 38: Folk Art: Egg Beater Whirly GigAdd to your cart.
This item is an egg beater whirly gig.
barcode: 401206
Item 39: Folk Art: Egg Beater Whirly GigAdd to your cart.
This item is an egg beater whirly gig.
barcode: 401207
Item 40: Folk Art: Egg Beater Whirly GigAdd to your cart.
This item contains an egg beater whirly gig.
Barcode: 401208
Item 41: Folk Art: Bobs Supermarket ArtAdd to your cart.
This item contains artwork of Bishop Street and the roof and view of Bob's supermarket 1988.
Barcode: 401209
Item 42: Folk Art: Wood Artifact BoxAdd to your cart.
This item contains wood artifact box.
Barcode: 401210
Item 43: Folk Art: Wooden ArtifactAdd to your cart.
This item contains a wooden artifact.
Barcode: 401211
Item 44: Folk Art: Wooden ArtifactAdd to your cart.
This item contains a wooden artifact.
Barcode: 401212
Item 45: Folk Art: Time CapsuleAdd to your cart.
This item contains Dallas from then until now time capsule.
Barcode: 401213
Item 46: Folk Art: Coconut and RibsAdd to your cart.
This item contains coconut and ribs artwork.
Barcode: 401214
Item 47Add to your cart.
 
Item 48Add to your cart.
 
Item 49: Oil WellAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 700278
Item 50: Whirly Gig - PlaneAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 700279
Item 51: Jay Gould - Railroad - ShadowboxAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 700280
Sub-Series 6: French Brick StudyAdd to your cart.
 
Item 52: French Brick Study: SandstoneAdd to your cart.
This item contains a sandstone platform for a tombstone.
Barcode: 401215
Item 53: French Brick Study: Red Sandstone, c. 1880sAdd to your cart.
This item contains a red sandstone from the sixth floor JFK museum.
Barcode: 401216
Item 54: French Brick Study: Chalk CarvingAdd to your cart.
This item contains a chalk carving from the La Reunion area.
Barcode: 401217
Sub-Series 7: Material CultureAdd to your cart.
 
Item 55: Material Culture: Organ PipeAdd to your cart.
This item contains an organ pipe from the Majestic Theatre.
Barcode: 401218
Sub-Series 8: Material Culture of African AmericansAdd to your cart.
 
Item 56: Material Culture of African Americans: PrintAdd to your cart.
This item contains an African American print.
Barcode: 401219
Item 57: Material Culture of African Americans: Life on the MississippiAdd to your cart.
This is an artwork titled 'Life on the Mississippi.'
Barcode: 401220
Item 58: Material Culture of African Culture: ArtifactAdd to your cart.
This item is door, an artifact found in the Freedman's town site.
Barcode: 401221
Item 59: African American Quilts Part 1Add to your cart.
This item is quilt from African American Material Culture.
Barcode: 401222
Item 60: African American Quilts Part 2Add to your cart.
This item is quilt from African American Material Culture.
Barcode: 401223
Item 61: African American Quilts Part 3Add to your cart.
This item is a quilt from African American Material Culture.
Barcode: 401224
Item 62: White Cotton Machine Loom and Handmade Quilts Part 1, 1880Add to your cart.
This item is 19th century white cotton machine loom and hand made quilts.
Barcode: 401225
Item 63: White Cotton Machine Loom and Handmade Quilts Part 2, 1880Add to your cart.
This item is 19th century white cotton machine loom and hand made quilts.
Barcode: 401226
Item 64: Metal SignsAdd to your cart.
This item is three metal signs.
Barcode: 401227
Item 65: Cotton WeightAdd to your cart.
This item is metal cotton weight.
Barcode: 401228
Item 66: Bails of CottonAdd to your cart.
This item is bails of cotton from State and Thomas community 1993/94:  fine artifacts; box 303 #3 part 3.
Barcode: 401229
Item 67: Bail of Cotton, 1947Add to your cart.
This item is a bail of cotton.
Barcode: 401230
Sub-Series 9: Oak Cliff-Cedar CreekAdd to your cart.
 
Item 68: Oak Cliff-Cedar Creek: SlateAdd to your cart.
This item is a slate from the Crescent Hotel.
Barcode: 401231
Item 69: Oak Cliff-Cedar Creek: Shadow BoxAdd to your cart.
This item is a shadow box from the Rosewood property, 1949.
Barcode: 401232
Item 70: Oak Cliff-Cedar Creek: PosterAdd to your cart.
This item is a framed Oak Cliff poster.
Barcode: 401233
Item 71: Oak Cliff-Cedar Creek: BedAdd to your cart.
This item is a piece from a bed from Oak Cliff.
Barcode: 401234
Item 72: Oak Cliff-Cedar Creek: BedAdd to your cart.
This item is a piece from a bed from Oak Cliff.
Barcode: 401235
Sub-Series 10: San Jacinto-Camp StreetsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 73: San Jacinto-Camp Streets: SignsAdd to your cart.
This item is a sign from Camp Street
Barcode: 401236
Sub-Series 11: Swiss AvenueAdd to your cart.
 
Item 74: Swiss Avenue: ArtAdd to your cart.
This item is an artwork entitled 'In Search of an Eclipse'.
Barcode: 401237
Sub-Series 12: Troup FamilyAdd to your cart.
 
Item 75Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 401238
Item 76Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 401239
Item 77Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 401240
Item 78Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 401241
Item 79Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 401242

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