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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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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 14: JFK ArchivesAdd to your cart.
The JFK series contain information on the 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917-Novermber 22, 1963) also known as JFK and his assassination. He was son of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Joe Kennedy, an influential businessman and politician. John F. Kennedy attended Harvard University and the joined the Navy where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroism. In January 1947 at the age of 29, he became a Congressman where he did three terms. He became a Senator in 1952 and on September 12, 1953 he married Jacqueline (Jackie) Bouvier whom he had two children with, Caroline and John Jr. Kennedy. JFK became president in 1961 and was the youngest and first Roman Catholic president elect. Some events during his presidency included the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and the beginning of the Vietnam War. His assassination was on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. To this day historians rank him as one of the best loved presidents of all time in America. The JFK series contains newspapers, artifacts, and books about JFK and the assassination.
Box 307: J.F.K. Newspaper - Part 1, 1963Add to your cart.
This box contains newspapers from 1963 about JFK and JFK's assassination. Rare Editions of the shots fired in Dallas.
Barcode: 401006
Box 308: J.F.K Newspaper - Part 2, 1963Add to your cart.
This box contains newspapers from 1963 about JFK and JFK's assassination. Rare Editions of the shots fired in Dallas.
Barcode: 401005
Box 309: Archive/News clipping, 1978, 2012Add to your cart.
This box contains publications including JFK Assassination Historical Journal, Legacies, Life, Look, Pageant, and Time, papers including flyers, newspapers, pamphlets, and magazine clippings.
Barcode: 401004
Box 310: J.F.K Clippings Part 2, 1963, 1986Add to your cart.
This box contains materials about JFK for the 50 years after the assassination including a stone from 6th floor JFK and clippings. 1963/64
Barcode: 401003
Box 311: J.F.K. Artifact, 1963Add to your cart.
This box contains an artifact that represent as the site of the J.F.K assassination. Original box number 15.
Barcode: 401002

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