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Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into thirteen series according to material type. The contents of each series have been arranged chronologically. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1895-1964, undated
(box 1, 7 folders)

This series includes family genealogies, biographical accounts, passports, school papers, an award medal for horsemanship, membership cards, and copies of True's will.
Biographical materials are on reel 4891.
Description Container Select
True family genealogies, 1964, undated
1
1
Biographical accounts for Allen Tupper True, 1959, undated
1
2
Passports (4), 1923-1950
1
3
School papers, 1895-1899
1
4
Award medal for horsemanship, 1909
1
5
Membership cards (2), 1948-1949
1
6
Copies of True's will, 1926-1951
1
7

Series 2: Subject Files , 1873-1955
(box 1, 23 folders)

This series includes letters, journals and autobiographical accounts, notes, ephemera, printed material, and legal documents such as mining and stock certificates and wills, concerning members of the True family and organizations with which they were associated.
Files relating to Margaret Allen Tupper True contain: an undated journal written by Margaret Tupper True's mother, Ellen Smith Tupper (transcript precedes handwritten journal); receipts for purchase of land, 1879-1892; and a diary, 1881-1888, which contains entries primarily concerning Allen Tupper True as a baby, and includes 2 photographs of True, a lock of his hair, and a cyanotype of Franklin School, El Paso, Texas. The files also contain a diary from 1891-1926, that includes entries primarily concerning Katherine Goodrich True as a baby, and includes a family tree chart; notes about the family; 4 photographs of Katherine True, 1891-1905; 1 photograph of Allen Tupper True, 1905; a composition by Katherine True; a notebook on conditions in various schools, 1907-ca. 1911; 4 real estate deeds, 1908-1913; and inheritance tax documents, 1926. The Cactus Club file contains undated miscellaneous writings by True.
See also Series 9: Photographs, and Series 12: Artifacts.
Subject files are on reel 4891.
Description Container Select
Margaret Allen Tupper True (True's mother), 1873-1926
1
8-12
Henry Alphonso True (True's father), 1883-1925
1
13-14
Ira Goodrich True (True's uncle), 1904-1914
1
15
James Polk True (True's uncle), undated
1
16
Mary Josephine True (True's aunt), 1888-1918
1
17
Eliza Tupper Wilkes (True's aunt), 1879-1917
1
18
James Beaman True (True's brother), 1878-1920
1
19
American Smelting & Refining Company, 1880-1916
1
20-24
Author's Lodge (Masons), 1908-1955
1
25-28
Cactus Club, 1929-1947
1
29
Central City Opera House Association, Colorado, 1933-1948
1
30

Series 3: Correspondence , 1841-1956
(boxes 1-4, 3.5 linear ft.)

This series is organized into two subseries:
  • 3.1: Correspondence Between Family Members, 1841-1955
  • 3.2: Correspondence With Business Associates, Colleagues, and Friends, 1902-1956
Correspondence is on reels 4891-4895.
3.1: Correspondence Between Family Members, 1841-1955
This subseries documents True's thoughts concerning his career and the interaction among members of the True family. Various individuals discuss Tupper and True family business and events. Allen Tupper True describes his art classes at the Corcoran Gallery School, 1901-1902, Howard Pyle's class, 1902-1904, which included George Harding, Gordon McCouch, Thornton Oakley, and N. C. Wyeth, and his work with Frank Brangwyn in 1914. True also discusses his travels and projects.
The following letters contain photographs: 04 Nov 1901 (1 photo of Harry True, Jr.); 08 Dec 1901 (13 photos of family members); May 1902 (1 cyanotype of Pyle's class); 27 Jun 1902 (1 photo of True in front of the U.S. Capitol); 22 Feb 1914 (1 photo of True and his work in his studio and 1 photo of Murphy in True's studio); 30 May 1914 (1 photo of the Robinsons' home); 09 Jun 1914 (1 photo of the Orchestre Louis Berki); 30 Jan 1915 (1 panorama photo of the Panama-Pacific Exposition); 26 Mar 1915 (1 photo of Peggie); 07 Aug 1924 (5 photos of family in an orchard)
Description Container
Correspondence between family members, 1841-1888, undated
Reel 4891
1
31-41
Correspondence between family members, 1888-1900
Reel 4892
1
42-46
Correspondence Between Family Members, 1901-Nov. 1913
Reel 4892
2
1-58
Correspondence between Family Members, Nov. 1913-Jan. 1914
Reel 4893
2
59-64
Correspondence between Family Members, Feb. 1914-May 1935
Reel 4893
3
1-61
Correspondence Between Family Members, May 1935-1955
Reel 4894
4
1-37
3.2: Correspondence With Business Associates, Colleagues, and Friends, 1902-1956,
This subseries focuses more directly on the events of True's career. Fourteen illustrated letters from True to his wife and daughter can also be found here. Notable correspondents are listed below.
  • Blashfield, Edwin: 25 Sep 1924 letter to Frank Brangwyn
  • Brangwyn, Frank: [Jan 1913], 26 Jan 1913, 30 Mar 1913, 08 Jun 1913, 03 Aug 1913, 29 Aug 1915, 20 Nov 1916, 17 Feb 1920, 2 illustrated letters, 1920? (with transcripts), 30 Sep [1920?], 07 May 1922 (with transcript), 22 Oct 1922 (illustrated letter with transcript), 06 May 1923 (illustrated letter with transcript), 1923? (with transcript), an illustrated letter, 1923? (with transcript), 26 Sep 1924 (with transcript), 18 Jun 1933, [1933], 05 Apr 1936 (with transcript). Also see references to Brangwyn in True's letters to his family and in Blashfield's letter to Brangwyn; see True's notebook on Brangwyn in Series "Notes"; see a print by Brangwyn under "Artworks"; and see photographs of Brangwyn and his works under "Photographs"]
  • Brousse-Jacobson, Oscar: 29 Sep 1913, 1 Dec 1915
  • Bruce, Edward: 18 Aug 1934
  • Cook, James H.:27 Aug 1924 letter to John G. Neihardt
  • Cornwell, Dean: 04 June 1932 (illustrated letter), 10 Apr 1954
  • Guerin, Jules: Jan 31, 1918
  • Heye, George G.: 19 Feb 1926, 12 Mar 1926, 07 Jul 1926
  • McCouch, Gordon M: 08 Jul 1911, (09 May 1956 obituary notice) [also see "Photographs of friends"]
  • Minnigerode, C. Powell: 10 Mar 1937
  • Naismith, Grace: 23 Mar 1935, [16 letters, 1935?], 06 Jun 1936, 20 Jun 1935, 24 Jun 1935, [1935?], 29 Jul 1935, [2 letters, 1935?], 08 Sept [1935?], [1935?], 28 Sept 1935, [1935?], 29 Oct 1935], 17 Nov 1935, 04 Dec 1935, 16 Dec 1935, 26 Dec 1935, [3 letters, 1936?], 09 Mar 1936, [1936?], 09 Apr 1936, 16 May [1936?], 08 Jun 1936, 30 Jun 1936, 18 Oct [1936?], 01 Nov 1936, 02 Jun 1937, 15 Jun 1937, 24 Jun 1937, [1937?], 11 Jul 1937, 21 Nov 1955
  • Neihardt, John G. (poet laureate of Nebraska): 28 Jun 1923, 04 Oct 1923, 05 Dec 1923, 25 Feb 1924 (with 14 reproductions of art work by True), [see letter, 27 Aug 1924, from James H. Cook to Neihardt], 5 May 1925, 26 Jun 1925, 25 Jul 1925, 16 Aug 1934
  • Oakley, Thornton: 5 Jul 1933 [also see "Photographs of friends"
  • Phipps, Lawrence C. (Senator from Colorado): 04 Oct 1930
  • Pyle, Howard: 18 May 1902, 25 May 1902, July 11, 1902, 06 Nov [1903], 04 Jun 1906 [also see references to Pyle's classes in True's letters to family members, including letter dated May 1902 containing a cyanotype of Pyle and his students; see additional photographs under "Photographs of friends"; and see exhibition catalog for Pyle under "Printed material"]
  • Rowan, Edward: 24 Sep 1934
  • Rush, Olive: undated
  • Rutherford, Forest: 08 Mar 1914 letter to Rutherford from True contains a photo of True
  • Thornton, Dan (Governor of Colorado): 25 Jan 1954
  • Winter, Ezra: 23 Feb 1922
  • Wyeth, N. C.: 06 Jan 1909 [also see "Photographs of friends" and "Album I"]
Description Container
Correspondence With Business Associates, Colleagues, and Friends, 1901-1980, undated
Reels 4894-4895
4
38-73

Series 4: Business Records , 1903-1951
(box 4, 4 folder)

This series consists of stocks and a deed for Colorado real estate, miscellaneous receipts, insurance policies, and a studio lease and inventory.
Business records are on reel 4895.
Description Container Select
Stocks and deed for Colorado real estate, 1903-1942
4
74
Receipts for miscellaneous goods and hotels, 1904-1946
4
75
Insurance policies, 1933-1949
4
76
Studio lease and inventory, 1951
4
77

Series 5: Notes , 1902-1920
(box 5, 10 folders)

This series include an address book, lists of art work, and seven notebooks documenting travel, work with Frank Brangwyn, and a record of mural work, and notes on technique. The travel journal include sketches and drawings.
Notes are on reel 4895.
Description Container Select
Address book, undated
5
1
Chemistry notebook, undated
5
2
"Notes in the Field" and notebook containing miscellaneous notes, undated
5
3
Notebook containing thoughts and observations on travel to England, undated
5
4
Notebook Cover, 1902-1915
5
5
Notebook containing thoughts and observations on Frank Brangwyn, 1902-1915
5
6
Notebook containing miscellaneous thoughts and observations, 1904-1908
5
7
Notebook containing a record of murals and notes on techniques, 1920
5
8
Lists of works, undated
5
9
Miscellaneous notes, undated
5
10

Series 6: Writings , 1896-1926
(box 5, 5 folders)

Material in this series consists of childhood writings, miscellaneous writings by True, and poems.
Writings are on reel 4895.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous childhood writings, 1896-1899
5
11
"The Mountain Pony" by Allen Tupper True, 1906
5
12
Miscellaneous writings by True, 1906-ca. 1910
5
13
Essay by True on article from the Museum Journal, "Another Fresco from Moon Hill Monastery" by Helen Fernald, 1926
5
14
Poems, undated
5
15

Series 7: Artwork , 1897-1923
(boxes 5, 10 and OV 11; 0.5 linear ft.)

This series consists of a sketchbook, cartoons and caricatures, sketches and drawings, paintings on cardboard, designs based on Native American pottery and artifacts, designs for murals in Denver Civic Center, the Colorado State Capitol, the U.S. National Bank building, Boulder Dam, and the Voorhies Memorial Arch in Denver. There are also original Christmas cards, illustrated letters in the Correspondence Series, an illustrated travel journal, a print by Frank Brangwyn, and miscellaneous art work by others.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook, undated
5
16
Cartoons and caricatures (13), 1897-1898
5
17
Drawings (6) (see also Box 10), undated
5
18
Paintings (2) (see also OV 11), 1908
5
19
Designs based on Native American pottery (54) (see also Box 10), undated
5
20-24
Designs based on Native American artifacts (25) (see also Box 10), 1923
5
25
Art work for Christmas cards (6 drawings), 1913-1921
5
26
Art work by Frank Brangwyn (1 print), undated
5
27
Miscellaneous art work by others, undated
5
28
Oversized Drawings , undated
10
1
Oversized Designs based on Native American Pottery , undated
10
2
Oversized Designs based on Native American artifacts , 1923
10
3-6
Oversized Paintings , 1908
OV 11

Series 8: Project Files , 1912-1987
(box 5-6 and 10, 0.75 linear ft.)

This series contains letters, legal documents, printed material, and photographs concerning True's mural projects for the state capitol buildings of Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
True acted as color consultant for the Bureau of Reclamation on Bouder Dam and Grand Coulee Dam (Washington State) and during the construction of several other dams and their power houses, including Bonneville (Oregon), Shasta (California), Friant (California), and Minidoka (Idaho)]. His consultation work on these projects is also documented here.
Files typically contain any or all of the following types of material: photographs of the installed murals; related letters, contracts, copyright cards and purchase orders; illustrated notebooks, sketches, and paintings; schematic drawings; and printed material.
Project files are on reel 4895-4896.
Description Container Select
Unidentified mural, undated
5
29
Colorado Psychopathic Hospital, undated
5
30
Graland School, undated
5
31
Waring Residence, undated
5
32
Anne Evans House, Mural "Free Trappers,", 1912
5
33
Dickinson Branch Library, Denver, Colorado, Murals: "Miners," "Trappers," and "Pioneers,", 1912-1913
5
34
Warren Branch Library, Denver, Colorado, Mural: "Commerce of the Prairies,", 1913
5
35
Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, California, Union Oil Panorama, 1914-1915
5
36
Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1915-1919
5
37
Denver Public Library, Civic Center, Denver, Colorado, Murals: "Cliff Dwellers" and "Hopi Potter,", 1916
5
38
Union Station, Denver, Colorado, 1916-1917
5
39
America Theatre, Denver, Colorado, Murals: "Indians" and "Trappers,", 1916-1917
5
40
Hamilton County Court House, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1916-1918
5
41
Wyoming State Capitol, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Murals: "Frontier Cavalry Officer" ("The Soldier"), "Railroad Builders, Surveyors," "Pony Express Rider," "Indian Chief Cheyenne," "Stagecoach," "Cattlemen," "Trappers,", 1917-1918
(includes 1 illustrated notebook)
5
42
Montana National Bank, Billings, Montana, Mural: "The Buffalo Hunter,", 1918
(includes 1 schematic drawing of location of murals)
5
43
Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, Missouri, Murals include: "Aborigines," "Buffalo Hunter," "Early Rivermen," "Free Trapper," "Missionary Explorers," "Pioneer Mother," "Railroad Builder," "A River Pilot," and "Spanish Governors,", 1919-1925
(includes 6 sketches, 1 photograph of a stagecoach carrying African-American soldiers, 5 photographs of riverboats, and 19 photographs of True and his murals)
5
44-46
Greek Theatre and Voories Memorial, Civic Center, Denver, Colorado, Murals: "The Trapper," "The Prospector," and "Bison,", 1919-1925
(contains 1 schematic drawing of location of murals, and 2 oversize paintings of Bisons)
5
47
Criminal Court Building, Denver, Colorado, 1920
5
48
Morey Junior High School, Denver, Colorado, 1920-1921
5
49
Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska (see also Box 10), 1921-1954
(includes 1 blueprint for location of murals, 2 sketches, and a schematic drawing of location of murals)
5
50-52
Colorado National Bank, Denver, Colorado, Mural: "Indian Memories" (see also Box 10), 1921-1987
5
53
Taylor Day Nursery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1922-1923
5
54
Colorado Springs Day Nursery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1924
5
55
Colorado State Capitol, Denver, Colorado (see also Box 10), 1924-1940
(includes 18 sketches)
5
56-57
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Denver, Colorado, 1925-1926
5
58
U.S. National Bank Building, Denver, Colorado, 1925-1933
5
59
Washington State Capitol, Olympia, Washington (see also Box 10), 1925-1948
(includes 1 blueprint)
5
60
Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company Building, Denver, Colorado, Murals include: "Primitive Communication--The Smoke Signal," "Pioneer Communication--The Pony Express," "Mountain Construction," "The Crucible of Science," "The Wings of Thought," and "The Spirit of Service" (see also Box 10), 1927-1929
5
61-65
Ingersoll Residence, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1930
6
1
North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakota, 1931-1932
6
2
City and County Building, Denver, Colorado, 1931-1950
6
3
Colorado Room, Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, 1933
6
4
Boulder Dam Power Plant, Nevada-Arizona State Line (see also Box 10 and project file for Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior), 1934-1938
(includes 1 illustrated notebook)
6
5-10
Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, California, 1936
6
11
Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Colorado, 1936-1937
6
12
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. (see project file for Boulder Dam Power Plant), 1940-1945
6
13-20
Colorado University Student Union, Boulder, Colorado, 1943-1953
6
21
Oversized project files , 1921-1954
Includes the following Projects:
  • Nebraska State Capitol
  • Colorado National Bank
  • Colorado State Capitol
  • Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • Boulder Dam Power Plant
10
7

Series 9: Photographs , 1859-1950
(boxes 6-7, 1.5 linear ft.)

This series includes photographs of True, his studios, his works, True family members, friends, residences, and reference photographs of Native Americans, cowboys, settlers, and other Western subjects.
Photographs of True family members include Minnie True; Hattie Cherry (sister of Henry True) and Susie Cherry; Ira Goodrich True; Margaret True Thompson; Diemer True; Leland True; and Jamie True and his grandmother Mrs. Beyer. There is also a tintype of 2 unidentified children.
Photographs of the Tupper family include Noah and Hannah Wheaton Smith (grandparents of Margaret Tupper True); Ellen Smith Tupper; Holmes Tupper; Lucille Tupper; Mila Tupper; Madge Tupper; Kate Tupper Galfin; Wilhelmina Wilkes; and William F. Wilkes (husband of Eliza Tupper Wilkes)
Photographs of Allen Tupper True and family members include True as an infant; True and his siblings; True as an adult including 1 cyanotype;True and his children; Hans Mueller (Jane's husband); and miscellaneous family members.
The two photograph albums found here show True, his friends, his studio, N.C. Wyeth and True at the easel in his studio, and various outdoor scenes.
See also Series 13: Glass Negatives
Photographs are on reels 4896-4897. Glass plate negatives have been digitized.
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Photographs of True family members, 1862-ca. 1900
6
22
Photographs of Tupper family members, 1888-1889
6
23
Photographs of Henry True and Margaret Tupper True, 1880-1890
6
24
Photographs of Allen Tupper True and family members, 1881-1950
6
25-31
Photographs of True and his various studios (51), undated
6
32
Photographs of Howard Pyle's studio and classes, ca. 1902
(14 photographs including 1 cyanotype of: George Harding, Gordon M. McCouch, Thornton Oakley, Howard Pyle, Allen Tupper True, and N.C. Wyeth)
6
33
Photograph of Frank Brangwyn and William Merritt Chase in London and photograph of Brangwyn's studio, 1914, undated
6
34
Photographs of family friends, 1859-1933
6
35
Miscellaneous Friends, undated
6
36
10 Photographs of Victoria Kirby, undated, 1964
6
37
Terry the Dog, undated
6
38
5 Photographs of family residences, undated
6
39
6 Photographs of family places of business, ca. 1880-1894
6
40
Photograph Album I, undated
6
41
Photograph Album II, undated
6
42
10 Photographs of exhibition installations, undated
6
43
5 Photographs of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, 1915
6
44
4 Mexican border travel photographs, undated
6
45
Pancho Villa and his men, undated
6
46
13 England travel photographs, ca. 1905
6
47
20 Europe travel photographs, undated
6
48
Model posing as Revolutionary War soldier, undated
6
49
Pueblo architecture (160)
6
50-53
Native Americans
6
54-55
Native Americans, cont.
7
1-3
Miscellaneous houses, undated
7
4
Miscellaneous towns and settlements, undated
7
5
Miscellaneous saloon interiors, undated
7
6
Cattlemen, undated
7
7
Cowboy models, undated
7
8
Horsemen/Horses, undated
7
9
Rodeos, undated
7
10
Hunters, undated
7
11
Prospectors, undated
7
12
Zoo animals, undated
7
13
Boats/ships, undated
7
14
Wagons/stage coaches/automobiles, undated
7
15
Supply (wagon) trains, undated
7
16-18
Lumber industry, undated
7
19
Mining industry, 1909, undated
7
20
Oil wells, undated
7
21
Industrial sites, undated
7
22
Landscapes/plants, undated
7
23
Photographs of artwork by True, Native American themes, undated
7
24-25
Photographs of artwork by True, Cowboy/settler themes, undated
7
26-28
Photographs of artwork by True, Miscellaneous works by True, undated
7
29
Photographs of artwork by Frank Brangwyn, 1913, undated
7
30
Photographs of miscellaneous works by others, 1930, undated
7
31-36

Series 10: Scrapbook , 1934
(box 7, 1 volume)

The scrapbook is on reel 4898.
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Scrapbook containing clippings of newspaper serial of Charles Dickens' "The Life of Our Lord,", 1934
7
37

Series 11: Printed Material , 1875-1981
(box 7; 21 folders)

This series includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for True and for others, reproductions of works, programs, booklets, and miscellaneous items.
Printed materials are on reel 4898.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1879-1981
7
38-48
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for True, 1908-1980
7
49
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for others, undated, 1908
7
50
Reproductions of works of art by True, undated
7
51
Christmas cards designed by True, undated
7
52
Programs, 1875-1950
7
53
Brochures, 1921-1939
7
54
Constitutions and by-laws for the Architectural League of New York and the National Society of Mural Painters, 1931, 1936
7
55
Booklets: "One Hundred Years of the Locomotive," "Art in Denver," and "The Rights of Man" by Harold Laski, 1916-1940
7
56
Picture postcards, undated
7
57
Miscellaneous printed material, undated, 1950
7
58

Series 12: Artifacts , ca. 1863
(box 7, 10; 9 items)

This series includes the following: five bullets and fragments, 2 buttons, a small piece of marble, and a fragment of a flat wooden stick that have not been microfilmed. They were housed together and accompanied by three notes reading: "Found by Henry on Look Out Mtn on Oct 1898 where the battle above the clouds was fought in 1863;" "Springfield rifle balls, Spanish American War;" and "Found on Chickamauga battlefield." Also found are the following, which have not been filmed:The following artifacts have not been microfilmed: a pocket knife with initials "FET;" two small pocket compasses; a metal badge saying "Columbian Exposition, 1893;" and a small, undecorated metal disk.
Description Container Select
Artifacts (see also Box 10), ca. 1863
7
59
Oversized Artifacts, ca. 1863
10
8

Series 13: Glass Plate Negatives , undated
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 8-9

Glass plate negatives include images of Allen Tupper True as well as paintings of cowboys, settlers, Native Americans, and various murals. Identified mural projects include the Montana National Bank, Warren Branch Library, American Theatre, Colorado National Bank, Denver Civic Center, and Denver Public Library.
Description Container Select
Images of Allen Tupper True, Paintings, and Murals, undated
8
Images of Mural Projects, undated
9

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