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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: The Allen Tupper True and True family papers date from 1841 to 1987 and measure 8.2 linear feet. The collection presents a good overview of True's personal life and and his career as mural painter and illustrator specializing in Western themes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Allen Tupper True (1881-1955) was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1881. He was a student at the University of Denver, and studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C. between 1901 and 1902. In 1902, he was accepted into Howard Pyle's classes in Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania, and studied there until 1908, befriending classmates George Harding, Gordon McCouch, Thornton Oakley, and N.C. Wyeth. Through Pyle, True began his career as a magazine illustrator.


The Allen Tupper True and True family papers were donated in February and April 1988 by True's daughter Jane True Mueller and his son, Frank True.

Language Note

English .


Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.