Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987
True, Allen Tupper, 1881-1955
Brangwyn, Frank, Sir
True, Henry A. (Henry Alphonso),
Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers)
True, Margaret Tupper
Tupper, Ellen Smith
American Smelting and Refining Company
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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.
Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 4891-4898 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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.
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