Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Letters To Troy Allen From Margo Jones



Overview of the Collection

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

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.


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)


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Margo Jones
Troy Allen
Helen Allen
Troy Lockard
Places:
Dallas, TX
Denton, TX
Houston, TX
Livingston, TX
Lubbock, TX
Miami, FL
Ojai, CA
Wichita Falls, TX

Related Material

MA62-1 Margo Jones Collection


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
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1 1 February 8, 1933



 
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1 2 March 22, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 3 April 1, 1933



 
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1 4 April 7, 1933 (postmark - letter dated April 12, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 5 April 13, 1933



 
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1 6 April 22, 1933 (postmark - letter dated April 21, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 7 May 2, 1933 (postmark - letter dated May 1, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 8 May 8, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 9 May 24, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 10 June 12, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 11 June 16, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 12 June 30, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 13 July 7, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 14 July 12, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 15 July 20, 1933 (postmark - letter date July 19, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 16 July 25, 1933 (postmark - letter dated July 14, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 17 August 1, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 18 August 5, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 19 August 18, 1933 (postmark - letter dated August 15, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 20 August 22, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 21 August 26, 1933 (postmark - letter dated August 15, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 22 September 7, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 23 September 19, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 24 October 6, 1933 (no envelope)



 
Box Folder
1 25 October 7, 1933 (postmark - letter dated October 4, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 26 October 17, 1933 (postmark - letter dated October 10, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 27 October 19, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 28 November 6, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 29 November 20, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 30 December 13, 1933



 
Box Folder
1 31 December 16, 1933 (postmark - letter dated December 15, 1933)



 
Box Folder
1 32 January 3, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 33 January 8, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 34 January 20, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 35 February 1, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 36 February 21, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 37 March 4, 1934 (postmark - letter dated March 3, 1934)



 
Box Folder
1 38 March 6, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 39 March 13, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 40 March 14, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 41 March 20, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 42 March 22, 1934 (postmark - letter dated March 21, 1934)



 
Box Folder
1 43 April 7, 1934



 
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1 44 April 13, 1934 (postmarked April 14, 1934) - Neiman Marcus ad enclosure



 
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1 45 April 20, 1934



 
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1 46 April 28, 1934 - N.Y. Times clothing ad enclosure



 
Box Folder
1 47 May 5, 1934 (postmark - letter dated May 4, 1934)



 
Box Folder
1 48 May 12, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 49 May 19, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 50 July 16, 1934 (Postmark - letter dated July 15, 1934)



 
Box Folder
1 51 July 28, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 52 August 2, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 53 August 10, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 54 August 28, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 55 August 31, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 56 September 13, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 57 October 30, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 58 December 12, 1934



 
Box Folder
1 59 January 18, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 60 February 1, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 61 February 20, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 62 March 2, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 63 March 15, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 64 April 11, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 65 April 22, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 66 May 20, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 67 June 4, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 68 July 5, 1935 (postmark - letter dated July 3, 1935)



 
Box Folder
1 69 July 8, 1935 and July 28, 1935 (postcards)



 
Box Folder
1 70 August 1, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 71 August 5, 1935 (2 postcards)



 
Box Folder
1 72 August 29, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 73 November 1, 1935 and December 2, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 74 December 5, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 75 December 7, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 76 N.D. (1935)



 
Box Folder
1 77 N.D. (1935)



 
Box Folder
2 1 January 27, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 2 February 10, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 3 April 17, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 4 May 5, 1936 (postmark - letter dated May 4, 1936)



 
Box Folder
2 5 May 7, 1936 (postmark - letter dated May 6, 1936)



 
Box Folder
2 6 June 8, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 7 June 29, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 8 July 6, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 9 August 1, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 10 August 7, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 11 August 8, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 12 August 8, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 13 August 19, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 14 December 7, 1936



 
Box Folder
2 15 January 4, 1937



 
Box Folder
2 16 May 1, 1937



 
Box Folder
2 17 June 24, 1937



 
Box Folder
2 18 July 15, 1937



 
Box Folder
2 19 August 12, 1937



 
Box Folder
2 20 September 3, 1937 (postmark - letter dated August 30, 1937)



 
Box Folder
2 21 May 20, 1938 (postmark - letter dated May 19, 1938)



 
Box Folder
2 22 July 9, 1938



 
Box Folder
2 23 December 2, 1938



 
Box Folder
2 24 January 10, 1940



 
Box Folder
2 25 October 26, 1940



 
Box Folder
2 26 January 12, 1942



 
Box Folder
2 27 October 14, 1942



 
Box Folder
2 28 March 18, 1943



 
Box Folder
2 29 February 3, 1944 (postmark - letter dated February 2, 1944)



 
Box Folder
2 30 September 2, 1944



 
Box Folder
2 31 May 7, 1945 (postmark - letter dated March 6, 1945)



 
Box Folder
2 32 September 12, 1947 (postmark - letter dated August 23, 1947)



 
Box Folder
2 33 November 4, 1948 (postmark - letter dated November 3, 1948)



 
Box Folder
2 34 November 15, 1948



 
Box Folder
2 35 March 26, 1949



 
Box Folder
2 36 June 22, 1949



 
Box Folder
2 37 April 10 - Year Unknown - Livingston, TX



 
Box Folder
2 38 November 25 - Year Unknown - Ojai, CA



 
Box Folder
2 39 N.D. - Livingston, TX



 
Box Folder
2 40 N.D. Livingston, TX



 
Box Folder
2 41 N.D. - Poems



 
Box Folder
2 42 N.D. - Christmas Card



 
Box Folder
2 43 N.D.



 
Box Folder
2 44 N.D.



 
Box Folder
2 45 N.D.



 
Box Folder
2 46 N.D.