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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Letters To Troy Allen From Margo Jones



Overview of the Collection

Accession No.: MA10-13
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library
1515 Young St
Dallas, TX 75201
Creator:
Title: Letters To Troy Allen From Margo Jones
Dates: 1933-1949
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

The 123 letters in this collection are the result of an almost fifteen year correspondence between Troy Allen and Margo Jones. The two women had become best friends in college and maintained that relationship over the years. Both women attended Texas State College for Women (later called Texas Woman's College) where Ms. Allen received a bachelor's degree in costume design and Ms. Jones had begun her work with the theatre.

The two women shared a close and special friendship. Within the letters there are references concerning some kind of writing or piece of poetry that the two shared. Margo also writes about fashion she had recently purchased for events, and some of the letters include clippings of fashion ads she enjoyed. The letters are very personal and expressive and contain many stories and shared emotions. The letters show a very different side of Margo Jones that many might not have known.

Troy Allen was born Helen Allen on December 31, 1909 in San Diego, CA. The family moved around quite a bit and it was in Wichita Falls, TX where Troy completed high school. The family then moved to Miami, Florida but Troy returned to Texas to attend college at the Texas State College for Women. It is suspected that during this time is when she adopted the name "Troy." She would eventually take a job in 1936 at Texas Tech in Lubbock as an associate professor of applied arts and interior design, and she would teach there until her retirement in the 1970's. It was during this time in Lubbock where she met her husband Robert Lockard, a professor of architecture and engineering at Texas Tech. Troy Allen Lockard passed away at the age of eighty on July 10, 1990 of respiratory failure after suffering a stroke and heart attack. She is buried next to her husband at Lubbock Cemetery.

For more information on Margo Jones, please see the Margo Jones Collection, MA62-1.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains a set of 123 letters from Margo Jones to Troy Allen. The dates of the letters range from 1933-1949, with the bulk of the letters being from 1933-1937. The collection also contained 3 Playbills from the 1990's unrelated to the correspondence that have been removed. (1. Paul Taylor Dance Company, 1991 2. The Will Rogers Follies, 1992 3. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, 1999)

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Related Material

MA62-1 Margo Jones Collection

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Helen Allen
Margo Jones
Troy Allen
Troy Lockard

Places:

Dallas, TX
Denton, TX
Houston, TX
Livingston, TX
Lubbock, TX
Miami, FL
Ojai, CA
Wichita Falls, TX

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA10-13, Letters to Troy Allen from Margo Jones, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 February 8, 1933
2 March 22, 1933
3 April 1, 1933
4 April 7, 1933 (postmark - letter dated April 12, 1933)
5 April 13, 1933
6 April 22, 1933 (postmark - letter dated April 21, 1933)
7 May 2, 1933 (postmark - letter dated May 1, 1933)
8 May 8, 1933
9 May 24, 1933
10 June 12, 1933
11 June 16, 1933
12 June 30, 1933
13 July 7, 1933
14 July 12, 1933
15 July 20, 1933 (postmark - letter date July 19, 1933)
16 July 25, 1933 (postmark - letter dated July 14, 1933)
17 August 1, 1933
18 August 5, 1933
19 August 18, 1933 (postmark - letter dated August 15, 1933)
20 August 22, 1933
21 August 26, 1933 (postmark - letter dated August 15, 1933)
22 September 7, 1933
23 September 19, 1933
24 October 6, 1933 (no envelope)
25 October 7, 1933 (postmark - letter dated October 4, 1933)
26 October 17, 1933 (postmark - letter dated October 10, 1933)
27 October 19, 1933
28 November 6, 1933
29 November 20, 1933
30 December 13, 1933
31 December 16, 1933 (postmark - letter dated December 15, 1933)
32 January 3, 1934
33 January 8, 1934
34 January 20, 1934
35 February 1, 1934
36 February 21, 1934
37 March 4, 1934 (postmark - letter dated March 3, 1934)
38 March 6, 1934
39 March 13, 1934
40 March 14, 1934
41 March 20, 1934
42 March 22, 1934 (postmark - letter dated March 21, 1934)
43 April 7, 1934
44 April 13, 1934 (postmarked April 14, 1934) - Neiman Marcus ad enclosure
45 April 20, 1934
46 April 28, 1934 - N.Y. Times clothing ad enclosure
47 May 5, 1934 (postmark - letter dated May 4, 1934)
48 May 12, 1934
49 May 19, 1934
50 July 16, 1934 (Postmark - letter dated July 15, 1934)
51 July 28, 1934
52 August 2, 1934
53 August 10, 1934
54 August 28, 1934
55 August 31, 1934
56 September 13, 1934
57 October 30, 1934
58 December 12, 1934
59 January 18, 1935
60 February 1, 1935
61 February 20, 1935
62 March 2, 1935
63 March 15, 1935
64 April 11, 1935
65 April 22, 1935
66 May 20, 1935
67 June 4, 1935
68 July 5, 1935 (postmark - letter dated July 3, 1935)
69 July 8, 1935 and July 28, 1935 (postcards)
70 August 1, 1935
71 August 5, 1935 (2 postcards)
72 August 29, 1935
73 November 1, 1935 and December 2, 1935
74 December 5, 1935
75 December 7, 1935
76 N.D. (1935)
77 N.D. (1935)
2 1 January 27, 1936
2 February 10, 1936
3 April 17, 1936
4 May 5, 1936 (postmark - letter dated May 4, 1936)
5 May 7, 1936 (postmark - letter dated May 6, 1936)
6 June 8, 1936
7 June 29, 1936
8 July 6, 1936
9 August 1, 1936
10 August 7, 1936
11 August 8, 1936
12 August 8, 1936
13 August 19, 1936
14 December 7, 1936
15 January 4, 1937
16 May 1, 1937
17 June 24, 1937
18 July 15, 1937
19 August 12, 1937
20 September 3, 1937 (postmark - letter dated August 30, 1937)
21 May 20, 1938 (postmark - letter dated May 19, 1938)
22 July 9, 1938
23 December 2, 1938
24 January 10, 1940
25 October 26, 1940
26 January 12, 1942
27 October 14, 1942
28 March 18, 1943
29 February 3, 1944 (postmark - letter dated February 2, 1944)
30 September 2, 1944
31 May 7, 1945 (postmark - letter dated March 6, 1945)
32 September 12, 1947 (postmark - letter dated August 23, 1947)
33 November 4, 1948 (postmark - letter dated November 3, 1948)
34 November 15, 1948
35 March 26, 1949
36 June 22, 1949
37 April 10 - Year Unknown - Livingston, TX
38 November 25 - Year Unknown - Ojai, CA
39 N.D. - Livingston, TX
40 N.D. Livingston, TX
41 N.D. - Poems
42 N.D. - Christmas Card
43 N.D.
44 N.D.
45 N.D.
46 N.D.