Alexander M. Troup Collection, 1870-2019Add to your cart.

By Emily Aparicio; A. Montgomery; Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: Alexander M. Troup Collection, 1870-2019Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1970-1990
ID: 01/ AR0774
Extent: 542.0 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

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.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Acquisition Source: Alexander M. Troup
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Alexander M. Troup Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

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  • Series 1: Alexander M. Troup PapersAdd to your cart.

    This series contains artifacts, correspondence, site or area research, research about object types or specific subjects, and photographs.
    • Sub-Series 01: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.

      • Box 1: Urban Archaeological outfitAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains an urban archaeology outfit. Original box number is 52.
        Barcode: 400740
      • Box 2: Unusual modern artifactsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains items recycled Federal Reserve of Dallas money bags, a hippie bag, clippings, and a t-shirt. Original box label described contents as "unusual modern artifacts. Box number is 99.
        Barcode: 400741
      • Box 3: South Dallas bootlegger bottle and informationAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains items South Dallas bootlegger bottle from c.1920s-30s and a book titled  American heritage, 1965. Original box number is 1926
        Barcode: 400742
    • Sub-Series 02: PapersAdd to your cart.

      • Box 4: Full Resume, Personal papers and PhotographsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains resumes, personal papers, and photos. Original box number is 96.
        Barcode: 400743
      • Box 5: Full Resume of EventsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains Troup's full resume of events. Original box number is 921 (#3).
        Barcode: 400744
      • Box 6: Papers and PhotographsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains papers and photographs. Original box number is 1004.
        Barcode: 400745
      • Box 7: Art, Personal, History of Career (Day or Events)Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains papers pertaining to Troup's art and his history of career. Original box number is 1025.
        Barcode: 400746
      • Box 8: Notes, Writings, and History of Art CareerAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains notes, writings, and a personal history of Troup's art career. Original box number is 1027 (#3).
        Barcode: 400747
      • Box 9: Three Handmade Dolls and PhotographsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains 3 handmade dolls and boxes of photographs.
        Barcode: 400748
      • Box 10: Jim Gatewood ResearchAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains research about Jim Gatewood including other important sources. Original box number is 1903 (1 of 2).
        Barcode: 400749
      • Box 11: Neat Box, Things that tell a StoryAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains found artifacts and boxes of items collected by Troup to recall events or stories in his life or career. Original box number is 1947.
        Barcode: 400750
      • Box 12: Neat Box, Things that tell a Story, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains found artifacts and boxes of items collected by Troup to recall events or stories in his life or career. Original box number is 1947.
        Barcode: 400751
      • Box 13: Random Archives by Jim Wheat and Alex TroupAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains papers compiled by Jim Wheat and Alex Troup. Original box number is 1948.
        Barcode: 400752
      • Box 14: 'Creativite' ArchiveAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains a creativity archive compiled by Jim Wheat and Alex Troup. Original box number is 1972 (#2).
        Barcode: 400753
      • Box 15: Archive: Business BoxAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains correspondence from the 1970s-2000. Original box number is 1976.
        Barcode: 400754
      • Box 16: Journals, Letters, and CardsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains journals, letters, and cards from the 1990s -2000. Original box number is 1998.
        Barcode: 400755
      • Box 17: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains correspondence between artists, auteurs, family and friends from the 1970s-2000. Original box number is 1998/9 (2 of 3.
        Barcode: 400756
      • Box 18: Journals, Writing, and Notes, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains journals, writings, and notes. Original box number is 2008/9 (#2).
        Barcode: 400757
      • Box 19: Personal and Other ContentsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains photographs, books, and papers. Original box number is 2020.
        Barcode: 400758
      • Box 20Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains a resume of events. 1921
      • Box 21Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains papers from the 'random archives'. 1948
      • Box 22Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains materials from Dallas Archeological Society /Artifacts; King, Harper, and Troup; 1958-2007/08.  1958
    • Sub-Series 03: PhotographsAdd to your cart.

      • Box 23: Photographic Clipping Files, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files on photography from 1976 and 2008. Original box number is 1.
        Barcode: 400762
      • Box 24: Photographic Clipping Files, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files on photography from 1976 and 2008. Original box number is 1.
        Barcode: 400763
      • Box 25: PhotographyAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files on photography and slides. Original box number is 1026.
        Barcode: 400764
      • Box 26: Swann Auction Galleries CatalogsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains catalogs of 19th and 20th century photographs from the Swann Auction Galleries dated 1999-2004. Original box number is 1378.
        Barcode: 400765
    • Sub-Series 04: ResearchAdd to your cart.

      • Sub-Series 1: Art ArchivesAdd to your cart.

        • Box 27: Art Archives: Photography, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials Dallas Art Archives 2010/2012. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2179. Additional number on label is 10.
          Barcode: 400766
        • Box 28: Art Archives: Photography, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials Dallas Art Archives 2010/2012. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2179. Additional number on label is 10.
          Barcode: 400767
        • Box 29: Art Archives: Troup Gallery and the History of Dallas ArtAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains Troup Gallery and the History of Dallas Art 1900-1999 Box #9. Box is part of original series; Troup Family Series. Original box number is 999 (1986). Additional number on label is 9.
          Barcode: 400768
        • Box 30: Art Archives: FilesAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials Art Archives 2008-2012. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 1229. Additional number on label is 9.
          Barcode: 400769
        • Box 31: Art Archives: 'Neat Stuff'Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains Archives #4 – Neat Stuff (clippings and papers) and two boxed items. Box is part of original series; AMT Research. Original box number is 1648. Additional number on label is 4.
          Barcode: 400770
        • Box 32: Art Archives: Adolph GoultenautAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials about Dallas, Texas' 1st Photographer and Artist - Adolph Goultenaut. Papers in this box cover the artist's life and work from 1852-1858. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 1858 (1 of 2).
          Barcode: 400771
        • Box 33: Art Archives: Decorative ArtsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials about Decorative Arts from the1950s - 1970s. Box is part of original series; AMT Research. Original box number is 2013.
          Barcode: 400772
        • Box 34: Art Archives: History of Alexander M. TroupAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains Artworks and materials pertaining to the History of Alex Troup. Box is part of original series; AMT Research. Original box number is 2039. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400773
        • Box 35: Art Archives: Mixtures from 1986-1996 and 2000-10Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials about Art Archives/Mixtures from 1986-1996 and 2000/10. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2170. Additional number on label is 8.
          Barcode: 400774
        • Box 36: Art Archives: Files, 2011-12, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials from Art Archives, 2011-12. It includes files, clippings, and  art periodicals. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2171. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400775
        • Box 37: Art Archives: Files, 2011-12, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials from Art Archives, 2011-12. It includes files, clippings, and  art periodicals. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2171. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400776
        • Box 38: Art Archives: Files, 2010-11Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Art Archives #5, 2010-11. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2178. Additional number on label is 5.
          Barcode: 400777
        • Box 39: Art Archives: Files, 2011-12Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Art Archives #1, 2010-2012. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2179. Additional number on label is 1.
          Barcode: 400778
        • Box 40: Art Archives: Files (Art Classics)Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Art Archives #7 (Art Classics). Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2179. Additional number on label is 7.
          Barcode: 400779
        • Box 41: Art Archives: Dallas Art ArchivesAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings pertaining to Dallas Art Archives, 2010-2012. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2179. Additional number on label is 10.
          Barcode: 400780
        • Box 42: Art Archives: Files, 2008-2011Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Art Archives # 6,2008-2011. Box is part of original series; AMT Research. Original box number is 2180. Additional number on label is 6.
          Barcode: 400781
        • Box 43: Art Archives: Publications, 2011-12, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains publications from Art Archives 2011-2012; Publications. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2182. Additional number on label is 11.
          Barcode: 400782
        • Box 44: Art Archives: Publications, 2011-12, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains publications, papers, and clippings from Art Archives 2011-2012. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2182. Additional number on label is 11.
          Barcode: 400783
        • Box 45: Art Archives: Files, 2008-2010Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Art Archives #14; 2010/2009-2008. Box is part of original series; AMT Research Art Archives. Original box number is 2188. Additional number on label is 14.
          Barcode: 400784
        • Box 46: Art Archives: Dallas Archives Publications – Clipping Files, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains Dallas Archives Publications – Clipping Files. Box is part of original series; AMT Research. Original box number is 2199. Additional number on label is 13.
          Barcode: 400785
        • Box 47: Art Archives: Dallas Archives Publications – Clipping Files, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains Dallas Archives Publications – Clipping Files. Box is part of original series; AMT Research. Original box number is 2199. Additional number on label is 13.
          Barcode: 400786
      • Sub-Series 2: Dallas HistoryAdd to your cart.

        This box contains research about End of Days and the future.
        • Box 48: Cemetery Files, Probates, and the Alamo in HistoryAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials from Dallas History - events, Alamo – history, cemetery files and burials, as well as probate copies. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 217. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400787
        • Box 49: Dallas History, History Directory - MapsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials from the Dallas History and history directory – Maps. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 220. Additional number on label is 3.
          Barcode: 400788
        • Box 50: Dallas - Urban ArchaeologyAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials from Urban Archeology. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 222 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 3.
          Barcode: 400789
        • Box 51: Site Archaeological Recovery - Historical Dallas ReportsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Site Urban Archeological Recovery – Historical Dallas Reports. It includes follow up reports. Box is part of original Series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 222 (1 of 2&3 on side label (1 of 2 on the top label)).
          Barcode: 400790
        • Box 52: Full Archaeology Format #2 - Clipping Files, 1982-2006Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Full Archaeology Format #2-Clipping Files, 1982-2006. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 27 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 402.
          Barcode: 400791
        • Box 53: Dallas Co. Archive and Material Culture, Part IIIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Dallas Co. Archive and Material Culture Part 3 - Maps, Deeds, Titles, etc. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 1976 within the AMT Papers.
          Barcode: 400792
        • Box 54: History, Archaeology, and Historic PreservationAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers, publications, and clippings about history, archaeology, and historic preservation. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 1776 within the AMT Papers.
          Barcode: 400793
        • Box 55: Random Sites from Dallas Co., 1974-2004, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and boxes of glass, metal, and porcelain artifacts from Random Sites from Dallas Co., 1974-2004. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 1890.
          Barcode: 400807
        • Box 56: Random Sites from Dallas Co., 1974-2004, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and boxes of glass, metal, and porcelain artifacts from Random Sites from Dallas Co., 1974-2004. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 1890.
          Barcode: 400808
        • Box 57: The Young Urban Archaeologist BoxAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains materials from The Young Urban Archaeologist Box; 1969-1972. It includes boxes of glass, metal, and porcelain artifacts as well as papers. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 1969 (1 of 2).
          Barcode: 400809
        • Box 58: Site Folders/Recoveries and Research – Dallas Co.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Site Folders/Recoveries and Research – Dallas Co., 1 of 2.  Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 2006/07 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 219.
          Barcode: 400810
        • Box 59: Dallas Recovery, Preservation, Digs/Observations, 2006-07Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from Dallas Recovery, Preservation Digs/Observations 2006/07. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 174. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400811
        • Box 60: More History on Dallas – Music and Events, 1970s-2000s.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers, artifacts, and clippings from More History on Dallas – Music and Events, 1970’s-2000’s. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 2014 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400812
        • Box 61: More History on Dallas – Career and EventsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and clippings from More History on Dallas – Career and Events. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 2014 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 3.
          Barcode: 400813
      • Sub-Series 3: GeneralAdd to your cart.

      • Sub-Series 4: Urban Archaeology and Dallas Archaeological SocietyAdd to your cart.

        • Box 82: R. King Harris, Early Man - Dallas Archeological Society, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers and periodicals from R. King Harris-Early Man; Dallas Archeological Society. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 171 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 1.
          Barcode: 400814
        • Box 83: R. King Harris, Early Man - Dallas Archeological Society, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains books from R. King Harris-Early Man; Dallas Archeological Society. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 171 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 1.
          Barcode: 400815
        • Box 84: Dallas Archeological Society - King, Harper, and Troup, 1958-2007/08Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers, clippings, and boxes of artifacts (including rock tools) from Dallas Archeological Society. It includes items related to King, Harper, and Troup; dated from 1958-2007/08. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 1958 within the AMT Papers.
          Barcode: 400816
        • Box 85: Dallas Urban History - Jobs, Digs, and FolkloreAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers, clippings, writings, and books from Dallas Urban History - Jobs, Digs, and Folklore. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 1717 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 17.
          Barcode: 400817
        • Box 86: Urban History and Archaeology - Oceanography, Historic Preservation, and Auctions – Books and Publications, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers, clippings, publications, and books from Urban History and Archaeology-Oceanography, Historic Preservation, and Auctions; 2 of 4. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 504 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400818
        • Box 87: Urban History and Archaeology - Oceanography, Historic Preservation, and Auctions – Books and Publications, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

          This box contains papers, clippings, publications, and books from Urban History and Archaeology-Oceanography, Historic Preservation, and Auctions; 2 of 4. Box is part of original series; AMT Papers. Original box number is 504 within the AMT Papers. Additional number on label is 2.
          Barcode: 400819

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