Dudley Cooper and Ocean View Amusement Park Papers, 1923-1978, undated
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Brief Description: The papers of Dudley Cooper, dated from 1924 to 1978, are primarily concerned with the operation of Ocean View Park. This collection is divided into nine series: Correspondence, Legal Documents, Financial Papers, Printed Materials, Photographs, Miscellaneous, Scrapbooks, Framed Certificates and Photos, Maps and Architectural Drawings.
Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: pbruce [at] odu.edu
Record Series Number: 00/MG 31
Created by: Cooper, Dudley (1899-1996)
Volume: 31.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/24/1978. An additional accession was made in November 2005

Series I: Correspondence. Arranged by subject and within each subject folder the papers are chronological. Some letters will refer to such things as bills or insurance policies, in which case the document referred to will be found in the box containing that type of document. Pictures of many of the rides and amusements mentioned in the letters can be found in the series on photography or the folders containing brochures.

Series II: Legal Documents. Contains several folders of material on accidents that occurred at Ocean View and suits brought about by the injured parties. In these cases all documents and correspondence relating to each case have been clipped together. This is to make research of the accident cases simpler. Legal documents also include contracts, insurance forms, and lease agreements.

Series III: Financial Papers. Contains all bills and receipts. In most cases they have simply been arranged in chronological order rather than subject. VEPCO and C & P bills are separated; as are automobile receipts. All bills are together preceding the receipts. In some cases it is difficult to determine whether a document should be termed "bill" or "receipt".

Series IV: Printed Materials. Includes brochures, flyers, advertisements, news releases, and news clippings, and schedules of events.

Series V: Photographs. Most of the photographs are of entertainment groups that performed at Ocean View, or who wished to perform at Ocean View and sent photos with their ads. Some are of special events at the park and one folder contains a group of color snapshots of the park.

Series VI: Miscellaneous. Includes items on the construction of the bathhouse, the movie "Roller Coaster" filmed at the amusement park, documents relating to the fire of November 8, 1964, sketches and architectural drawings, tickets, and articles relating to amusement parks, and Dudley Cooper.

Series VII: Scrapbooks. Scrapbooks of news paper clippings and mementos documenting the history of Ocean View Amusement Park, dating from 1948-1967.

Series VIII:  Framed Certificates and Photos.  Contains framed certificates, awards, and photos from 1946 to 1991. Not all items are dated.

Series IX: Maps, Arrchitectural Drawings and Blueprints. Consists of the Ocean View area and the Chesapeake Bay House, dating from 1924-1965.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.
Subject Index
Amusement park owners--Virginia--Norfolk
Amusement parks--Virginia--Norfolk--History
Cooper, Dudley, 1899-1996
Hampton Roads (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Ocean View Amusement Park (Norfolk, Va.)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.
Acquisition Notes: Dr. Dudley Cooper; Minette Cooper  Gift. Accession #78-57
Related Materials: Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Dr. Dudley Cooper
PreferredCitation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Dudley Cooper and Ocean View Amusement Park Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.