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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 25: AccretionAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: Alexander M. Troup PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 01: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1: Texas Time Capsule, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Texas Time Capsule.” Original box number is 1900.
Barcode: 666081
Box 2: Anna, Texas - Time Capsule, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Anna, Texas – Time Capsule.” Original box number is 1972.
Barcode: 665589
Box 3: Fracture artifacts - glass, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Fracture artifacts - glass.” Original box number is 1872.
Barcode: 600795
Sub-Series 02: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Box 4: Resume – #1, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Resume – #1 – photo/Xerox copies and press originals.” Original box number is 3000.
Barcode: 665596
Box 5: Personal career and, in passing, follow-up 2012/13, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Personal career and, in passing, follow-up 2012/13.” Original box number is 2012/13.
Barcode: 665600
Sub-Series 03: ResearchAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: ArtAdd to your cart.
 
Box 6: Photography, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Photography.” It contains photography resources. Original box number is 212 #2.
Barcode: 665599
Box 7: Art History, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Art History.” It contains art historical resources. Original box number is 2014.
Barcode: 600799
Sub-Series 2: GeneralAdd to your cart.
 
Box 8: Archives Research, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Archives research.” Original box number is 141.
Barcode: 665602
Box 9: Archives research # 2, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Archives research # 2.” Original box number is 142.
Barcode: 600801
Box 10: History, Label, and Other, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box it titled “History, Label, and Other.” It contains research on local history. Original box number is 185 #2.
Barcode: 665577
Box 11: Pack and Collection Burlesque, c. 1920s-1930sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Pack and Collection Burlesque 1920’s-1930’s.” It contains research on Burlesque and erotic materials. Original box number is 666.
Barcode: 600803
Box 12: Bobby Lancaster, 1870's-1880'sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled "Bobby Lancaster.” It is Bill Cole information, clothing, and items from “The Black Trunk” It contains research on pioneer women artifacts (which also includes a framed photo of unnamed family member as well as an item in the Separated Materials series). Original box number is 214.
Barcode: 666080
Box 13: Philosophy – Psychology and Eastern Religion/Studies, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Philosophy – Psychology and Eastern Religion/Studies.” It contains research on Eastern Religion/ Studies. Original box number is 1417.
Barcode: 665582
Box 14: Historical /Research Russia / Other Dante Assortment, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Historical /Research Russia / Other Dante Assortment.” It contains research on Russia. Original box number is 1917.
Barcode: 665580
Sub-Series 2: Troup Family PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 01: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 15: Troup/Hall/Gepp – Family Artifacts #2, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Troup/Hall/Gepp – Family Artifacts #2.” It contains family artifacts. Original box number is 100.
Barcode: 600808
Box 16: Troup/Hall/Gepp Family Artifact #2, Part II, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Troup/Hall/Gepp – Family Artifacts #2.” It contains family artifacts. Original box number is 100.
Barcode: 665509
Box 17: Troup/Hall/Gepp Family Artifact #1, Part I, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Troup/Hall/Gepp Family Artifact #1.” It contains artifacts from the family house. Original box number is 200.
Barcode: 665512
Box 18: Troup/Hall/Gepp Family Artifact #1, Part II, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Troup/Hall/Gepp Family Artifact #1.” It contains artifacts from the family house. Original box number is 200.
Barcode: 600811
Box 19: Troup/Hall/Gepp Family Artifact #1, Part III, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “This box is titled “Troup/Hall/Gepp Family Artifact #1.” It contains artifacts from the family house. Original box number is 200..” It contains artifacts from the family house. Original box number is 200.
Barcode: 665574
Box 21: The Black Trunk, c. 1870s-1880sAdd to your cart.
This is the “The Black Trunk.” It contains research on pioneer women artifacts (which also includes a framed photo of unnamed family member as well as an item in the Separated Materials series). Original box number is 214.
Barcode: 665590
Box 22: Family artifacts – That have a Texas Story – Oak Cliff/Deep Elm, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Family artifacts – That have a Texas Story – Oak Cliff/Deep Elm.” It sontains textiles and home decor from the family house. Original box number is 1926.
Barcode: 600815
Box 23: Troup Family Photos, c. 1932Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Troup Family Photos (Fragile).” It contains research and photographs of the Troup family. Original box number is 1932.
Barcode: 665511
Box 24: Artworks/ H.C. Gepp - artifacts, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Artworks/ H.C. Gepp - artifacts.” It contains decorations from the family house. Original box number is 2127.
Barcode: 600817
Sub-Series 02: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Box 25: Troup Gallery Box #5, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled Troup Gallery Box #5. It contains research on Troup gallery. Original box number is 1986.
Barcode: 665578
Box 26: Troup Gallery Papers #6, c. 1980sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled Troup Gallery Papers #6 .It contains research on Troup Gallery. Original box number is 1986.
Barcode: 600819
Box 27: Troup Gallery Papers #7, c. 1980sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled Troup Gallery Papers #7 .It contains research on Troup Gallery. Original box number is 1986.
Barcode: 665595
Sub-Series 3: Alexander M. Troup and Troup Gallery ArtAdd to your cart.
 
Box 28: Marriage in a Jar, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Marriage in a Jar.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 100.
Barcode: 665591
Box 29: Crab Claws – Dakotas – Lost Species, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Crab Claws – Dakotas – Lost Species.” Original box number is 120.
Barcode: 665514
Box 30: Oyster Shell Box Story, c. 1880sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Oyster Shell Box Story – Urban art sculpture (19th c. shells from Dallas Texas).” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 1888.
Barcode: 600823
Box 31: Southern Girl, c. 1920sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Southern Girl and story #1, #2.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 1926.
Barcode: 666079
Box 32: Portrait by John Perry, artworks, early artworks as a kid, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains is titled “Portrait by John Perry, artworks, early artworks as a kid.” It contains original artworks by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 1955.
Barcode: 665597
Box 33: Lost childhood #11, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Lost childhood #11 1959/1963 – artwork on the level of personal.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 1960/59.
Barcode: 665592
Box 34: Somewhere in Dallas there is a Demon in their Box, 1963-1991Add to your cart.
This box contains an artwork titled “Somewhere in Dallas there is a Demon in their Box.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 1963/1991.
Barcode: 665513
Box 35: The Astrologer, c. 1999Add to your cart.
This box contains is an artwork titled “The Astrologer – artwork and sculpture.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 1999.
Barcode: 665598
Box 36: Artworks #78, c. 2001-02Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Artworks #78.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 2001/02.
Barcode: 665579
Box 37: Shelf Life Series, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Shelf Life Series – 3 works – cement city artifacts.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 2716.
Barcode: 600830
Box 38: Industrial Marriage, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box contains an artwork titled “Industrial Marriage.” It is an original artwork by Alex M. Troup. Original box number is 3000.
Barcode: 665575
Sub-Series 4: Austin-Market-Jackson StreetsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 39: Market/Jackson St. 2003/02 – Recovery, c. 1850s-1900sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Market/Jackson St. 2003/02 – Recovery – Fine artifacts #2 – c.1850s-1900s.” It contains glass bottles. Original box number is 27.
Barcode: 665576
Box 40: South End – Market/Austin/Jackson – 19th c. glass, c. late 1800sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “South End – Market/Austin/Jackson – 19th c. glass – 2 baskets.” It contains glass artifacts and shards.Original box number is 1018.
Barcode: 665585
Box 41: Privey Glass Jar, c. 1889Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Privey Glass Jar – 19th c. glass.” Original box number is 1889.
Barcode: 600834
Sub-Series 05: Hollywood, Film, and the ImageAdd to your cart.
 
Box 42: Archive X, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Archive X.”  It conatins research on fashion and the image. Original box number is 21.
Barcode: 600835
Box 43: Film/Hollywood #1 – the Best, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Film/Hollywood #1 – the Best.” It contains research on film and Hollywood. Original box number is 1278.
Barcode: 665588
Sub-Series 06: Material CultureAdd to your cart.
 
Box 44: Soda pop bottles, 19th c. - Rare, c. 1800sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Soda pop bottles, 19th c. - Rare.” Original box number is 18.
Barcode: 600837
Box 45: Drugstore Bottles – Rare – #1, Part I, c.1880sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Drugstore Bottles – Rare – #1.” Original box number is 317.
Barcode: 665586
Box 46: Drugstore Bottles – Rare – #1, Part IIAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Drugstore Bottles – Rare – #1.” Original box number is 317.
Barcode: 665583
Box 47: Drugstore c. 1880s – 1900s bottles – Rare – #2, Part I, c. 1880s-1900sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Drugstore c. 1880s – 1900s bottles – Rare – #2.” Original box number is 318.
Barcode: 665587
Box 48: Drugstore c. 1880s – 1900s bottles – Rare – #2, Part II, c. 1880s-1900sAdd to your cart.
This box is titled “Drugstore c. 1880s – 1900s bottles – Rare – #2.” Original box number is 318.
Barcode: 600841
Sub-Series 7: Newspaper CollectionAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 01: General Newspaper CollectionAdd to your cart.
 
Box 49: Antique Newspapers, 1900-1960Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Antique Newspapers 1900’s-1960.” It contains newspapers from 1900’s-1960’s. Original box number is 1936.
Barcode: 600842
Sub-Series 02: Occupy Newspaper Clipping CollectionAdd to your cart.
 
Box 50: Occupy/ Labor Health Care and Other, 2013-14Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Occupy/ Labor Health Care Other 2013/14.” It contains research clippings on healthcare and labor. Original box number is 56.
Barcode: 665510
Box 51: Occupy Clipping Files, 2013-14Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Occupy Clipping Files 2013/14 D.M.N. N.Y.T.” It contains research clippings on the Occupy movement. Original box number is 54.
Barcode: 600844
Sub-Series 8: Willard MuseAdd to your cart.
 
Box 52: Texas – Barb Wire, n.d.Add to your cart.
This box is titled “Texas – Barb Wire from the Willard Muse Estate.” Original box number is 106.
Barcode: 665515
Sub-Series 9: Separated MaterialsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: AMT Research - General, c.2006Add to your cart.
This item is a map of the Dallas arts district.
Barcode: 666084
Item 2: Troup Family - Artifacts, n.d.Add to your cart.
This item is a black trunk which held Troup family materials from box 214.
Barcode: 600847
Item 3: AMT and Troup Gallery Art, n.d.Add to your cart.
This item is two works of art wrapped as one. The two works are: #1078 Experimental Wonder and #106 Cross Bars/Stars.
Barcode: 666083
Item 4: Material Culture, n.d.Add to your cart.
Two antique wooden crates, Berry Bros and Rudd LTD. Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky, and John Begg Blue Cap Blended Scotch Whisky.
Barcode: 666082
Item 6: Willard Muse, c. 1870s-1880sAdd to your cart.
This item is titled “A guide /Post Photography – Willard Muse Artifact.” It contains a wooden and brass camera stand from the 19th century used by Texas photographers (1870’s-1880’s) to measure and hold position. Original box number is 1046.
Barcode: 600851

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