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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

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.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Acquisition Source: Alexander M. Troup
Acquisition Method: Gift

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  • Series 18: Newspaper CollectionAdd to your cart.

    The Newspaper Collection series contains newspaper clippings from various times of the Dallas area. This includes the recent past with emphasis on the Occupy movement that occurred in Dallas to antique newspapers from Dallas. They also cover important cultural events such as the O.J. Simpson trials, President Regan being shot and Wall Street news.
    • Sub-Series 1: General NewspaperAdd to your cart.

      • Box 409: Life and Post Newspaper - Publication, 1950-1960Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspaper from Life and Post from 1950 -1960. The original box number is 1950.
        Barcode: 401101
      • Box 410: Life and Post Newspaper - Publication, 1950-1960Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspaper from Life and Post from 1950 -1960. The original box number is 1950.
        Barcode: 401102
      • Box 411: First Archive Collection, 1970Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains first archive collection created in 1992 from clipping dating to 1970. The original box number is 1972 (#1).
        Barcode: 401103
      • Box 412: The Way Americans LiveAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files about "How... the way Americans live". The original number is 888.
        Barcode: 401104
      • Box 413: News clipping Archives, 1999-2010Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This contains newspaper clipping archives 1999-2010. The original numbers is 2127 (#27).
        Barcode: 401105
      • Box 414: News Clipping Archives - NYT and DMN, 2009-2011Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains news clipping archives from NYT and DMN. The original number is 4004 (#21).
        Barcode: 401106
      • Box 415: News Clipping Files, 2009-2011Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains news clipping files 2009-2011. The original number is 409 (#27).
        Barcode: 401107
      • Box 416: News Clipping Articles, 2011-2012Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains news clipping articles 2011-2012. The original number is 409 (#27).
        Barcode: 401108
      • Box 417: Clipping File of Events History, Nuclear, and AuctionsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files of events history, nuclear, and auctions. The original number is 501 (#3).
        Barcode: 401109
      • Box 418: Major Events - DMN and HeraldAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspaper collection of major events - Dallas Morning News and Herald. The original number is 2010.
        Barcode: 401132
      • Box 419: The Death of Lady Diana and Other News EventsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        (This is a combine box. It contains box 2010 and box 1912). This box contains newspaper collection of major events - Dallas Morning News and Herald. The original number is 2010.This box contains newspapers about the death of Lady Diana and other news events. The original number is 1912.
        Barcode: 401133
      • Box 420: Dallas Clipping Files - Probates GermanAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files for Dallas - Probates German. The original number is 217 (#4).
        Barcode: 401134
      • Box 421: Majestic Theatre - Dallas Clipping FilesAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files about the Majestic Theatre. The original number is 2014.
        Barcode: 401135
      • Box 422: Newspaper of Events - History Fashions world EventsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains clipping files of history fashions world events. The original number is 500.
        Barcode: 401136
      • Box 423: Presidential Election Re-election NewspaperAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This is a combined box. It contains box 2013 and box 4006. This box contains newspapers about presidential election re-election and rolling stone 10th and 50th publications. The original number is 2013. This box contains newspaper archives 2012. The original box number is 4006 (#24).
        Barcode: 401137
      • Box 424: Dead Presidents and Other EventsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains Dallas Morning News, Sherman Daily Record, and other antique newspapers. Original box numbers for this box are 1974 and 1924.
        Barcode: 401159
      • Box 425: Albaquerque Newspapers, Artic Newspapers, and Other Antique NewspapersAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains The Albaquerque Weekly, the Albaquerque Journal, and other antique newspapers. Original box numbers for this box are 1993,1904, and 1916.
        Barcode: 401160
      • Box 426: Newspaper Collection #2, Part IAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains important headlines in the last 60 years - Presidential news, wallstreet news, baseball deaths, and the shooting of President Reagan. Original box number for this box is 1996 (1 of 2).
        barcode: 401161
      • Box 427: Newspaper Collection #2, Part IIAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains important headlines in the last 60 years - Presidential news, wallstreet news, and the OJ trial. Original box number for this box is 1996 (1 of 2).
        Barcode: 401162
    • Sub-Series 2: Occupy NewspaperAdd to your cart.

      • Box 428: New York Times - Dallas Morning News - Occupy - Part 1, 2008-2010, 2008-07 - 2008-10Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspapers from the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News on the Occupy movement. The original box numbers were 14, 21, and 25.
        Barcode: 401295
      • Box 429: New York Times - Dallas Morning News - Occupy - Part 2, 2008-2010, 2008-07 - 2008-10Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspapers from the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News on the Occupy movement. The original box numbers were 14, 21, and 25.
        Barcode: 401296
      • Box 430: A National Transition, 2007-2012, 2008-2011Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains various newspapers that mention the Occupy movement. Original box numbers are 26 and 24.
        Barcode: 401297
      • Box 431: New York Times - Dallas Morning News - Occupy, 2009-2010, 2009Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspapers that mention the Occupy movement. The original box numbers are 18 and 22.
        Barcode: 401298
      • Box 432: New York Times - Dallas Morning News - Occupy, 2010-05, 2010Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspapers from the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News on the Occupy movement. The original box numbers are 16 and 15
        Barcode: 401299
      • Box 433: New York Times - Dallas Morning News - Occupy, 2010-05 - 2010-06Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspapers from the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News on the Occupy movement. The original box numbers are 17 and 19.
        Barcode: 401110
      • Box 434: New York Times - Dallas Morning News - Occupy, 2010-2011, 2012-2013Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspapers from the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News on the Occupy movement. Also included various news clippings on the same subject. The original box numbers are 24 and 30.
        Barcode: 401111
      • Box 435: New York Times - Dallas Morning News - Occupy, 2012Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains newspapers from the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News on the Occupy movement. The original box numbers are
        Barcode: 401112
      • Box 436: Occupy News Clippings, 2012-2013Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains various news clippings on the Occupy movement. The original box numbers are 30 and 31.
        Barcode: 401113
      • Box 437: Occupy Clipping Files, 2012-2013Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains various news clippings on the Occupy movement and DAUM development. The original box number is 42.
        Barcode: 401114
      • Box 438: Clipping Files, 2013Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains the Dallas Morning News and the New York Times and other newspapers that mention the Occupy movement. The original box numbers are 39 and 41.
        Barcode: 401115
      • Box 439: News Clipping Archives - Part 1, u.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains news clippings of the Occupy Project. The original box numbers are 23 and 4007.
        Barcode: 401116
      • Box 440: News Clipping Archives, u.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

        This box contains news clippings of the Occupy Project. The original box numbers are 23 and 4007.
        Barcode: 401117

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