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Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987

True, Allen Tupper, 1881-1955

Muralist, Painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 8.2 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, subject files, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, art work, project files, photographs, a scrapbook, printed material, and artifacts document True's career as an illustrator and mural painter, as well as the interaction between True and members of his family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Allen Tupper True (1881-1955) was a mural painter and illustrator in Denver, Colorado. Studied at the University of Denver, the Corcoran School of Art, 1901-1902, and with Howard Pyle, 1902-1908. From approximately 1913-1915, True worked with Frank Brangwyn, assisting him in the execution of murals at the Panama-Pacific Exposition. True specialized in Western themes, and his most notable murals decorate the state capitol buildings of Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming. From 1934-1945, True acted as consultant for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, in charge of and designing all decoration and color schemes for the Boulder Dam power plant, Grand Coulee Dam, and the Shasta Dam, among others.


Donated 1988 by Jane True Mueller, and Frank True, True's daughter and son.