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Dudley Cooper and Ocean View Amusement Park Papers, circa 1919-1978, undated

By Jay Gaidmore and Joseph Legaspi; Mel Frizzell

Collection Overview

Title: Dudley Cooper and Ocean View Amusement Park Papers, circa 1919-1978, undated

ID: 00/MG 31

Creator: Cooper, Dudley (1899-1996)

Extent: 31.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into nine series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Legal Documents; Series III: Financial Papers; Series IV: Printed Materials; Series V: Photographs; Series VI: Miscellaneous; Series VII: Scrapbooks; Series VIII: Oversized Certificates, Photographs and Plaques; Series IX: Maps and Architectural Drawings.

Date Acquired: 08/24/1978

Languages: English [eng]

Abstract

Owner of Ocean View Amusement Park. Includes correspondence, photographs, legal documents, financial material, brochures, advertisements, news release, and newspaper clippings primarily relating to the operation of Ocean View Amusement Park.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection primarily concerns the operation of Ocean View Amusement Park in Norfolk, Virginia, owned and operated by Dudley Cooper from the 1940s to the 1970s. The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, financial records, photographs, scrapbooks, and architectural drawings of the park. While the bulk of the collection pertains to the amusement park, there are some personal papers of Dudley Cooper included as well.

Administrative Information

Accruals: An additional accession was made in November 2005

Alternate Extent Statement: 14 Hollinger document cases, 8 oversized boxes, 2 map drawers, 1 archival tube

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

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 Source: Dr. Dudley Cooper; Minette Cooper

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #78-57

Related Materials: Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Dr. Dudley Cooper

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Dudley Cooper and Ocean View Amusement Park Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Correspondence, 1941-1975
This series contains correspondence mostly related to the operations of Ocean View Amusement Park. Some of the topics include the various acts at the park, advertising, fireworks, and the different rides at the park. Documents that were attached to the letters, such as financial documents and photographs, have been moved to their respective series. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by topic.
Box 1
Folder 1: Accidents and Injuries, 1944-1948
Folder 2: Accidents and Injuries, 1952
Folder 3: Accidents and Injuries, 1953-1954
Folder 4: Accidents and Injuries, 1955-1956
Folder 5: Accidents and Injuries, 1957-1958
Folder 6: Accidents and Injuries, 1967-1975
Folder 7: Acts and Shows, 1943-1951
Folder 8: Acts and Shows, 1952 January-April
Folder 9: Acts and Shows, 1952 May-November
Folder 10: Acts and Shows, 1953-1954
Folder 11: Acts and Shows, 1955-1957
Folder 12: Acts and Shows, 1958-1967
Folder 13: Acts and Shows, 1968-1970
Folder 14: Acts and Shows, 1971 January-May
Folder 15: Acts and Shows, 1971 June-December
Folder 16: Acts and Shows, 1972
Folder 17: Acts and Shows, 1973
Folder 18: Acts and Shows, Indian Village, 1961-1962
Folder 19: Advertising, 1943-1946
Box 2
Folder 1: Advertising, 1947-1948
Folder 2: Advertising, 1952 February-March
Folder 3: Advertising, 1952 April-October
Folder 4: Advertising, 1953-1957
Folder 5: Advertising, 1958 January-November
Folder 6: Advertising, 1963-1965
Folder 7: Advertising, 1966-1975
Folder 8: Banks, 1943-1975
Folder 9: Boats, 1949-1953
Folder 10: Boats, 1954-1955
Folder 11: Bus and Taxi Service, 1946-1956
Folder 12: City and Goverment, 1942-1947
Folder 13: City and Goverment, 1948-1953
Folder 14: City and Goverment, 1954-1958
Folder 15: City and Goverment, 1963-1975
Folder 16: Comments on Ocean View, 1943-1978
Folder 17: Concessions, 1943-1977
Folder 18: Construction and Repairs, 1943-1948
Folder 19: Construction and Repairs, 1950-1958
Folder 20: Construction and Repairs, 1965-1970
Box 3
Folder 1: Contibutions, 1953-1971
Folder 2: Exhibits and Special Equipment, 1943-1951
Folder 3: Exhibits and Special Equipment, 1952-1953
Folder 4: Exhibits and Special Equipment, 1954-1967
Folder 5: Fireworks, 1945-1947
Folder 6: Fireworks, 1948-1958
Folder 7: Fireworks, 1963-1975
Folder 8: Free Passes and Gifts, 1944-1946
Folder 9: Free Passes and Gifts, 1947-1948
Folder 10: Free Passes and Gifts, 1952-1968
Folder 11: Insurance, 1943-1948
Folder 12: Insurance, 1949-1952
Folder 13: Insurance, 1953
Folder 14: Insurance, 1954-1956
Folder 15: Insurance, 1957
Folder 16: Insurance, 1958
Folder 17: Insurance, 1959-1963
Box 4
Folder 1: Insurance, 1964
Folder 2: Insurance, 1965 January-February
Folder 3: Insurance, 1965 March
Folder 4: Insurance Insurance, 1965 April-October
Folder 5: Insurance, 1966-1967
Folder 6: Insurance, 1968-1975
Folder 7: Leases, 1942-1968
Folder 8: Miscellaneous, 1942-1971
Folder 9: National Association of Amusement Parks, 1943-1965
Folder 10: Navy and Shore Patrol, 1956-1971
Folder 11: Personal, 1945-1958
Folder 12: Personnel, 1943-1966
Folder 13: Rides, 1941-1946
Folder 14: Rides, 1947-1948
Folder 15: Rides, 1951-1958
Folder 16: Rides, 1967-1974
Folder 17: Special Events, 1948-1970
Folder 18: Subscriptions, 1952-1969
Folder 19: Taxes, 1943-1974
Box 5
Folder 1: Telegrams, 1943-1948
Folder 2: Telegrams, 1952-1970
Folder 3: Utilities, 1943-1948, 1966
Series II: Legal Documents, 1943-1974
This series contains legal material related to Ocean View Amusement Park including contracts, leases, and insurance forms. The series is in alphabetical order by topic.
Box 5
Folder 13: Contracts, 1943-1947
Folder 14: Contracts, 1952-1958
Folder 15: Contracts, 1963-1969
Folder 16: Contracts, 1970-1974
Box 6
Folder 1: Insurance Forms, 1945-1947
Folder 2: Insurance Forms, 1948
Folder 3: Insurance Forms, 1949
Folder 4: Insurance Forms, 1951-1952
Folder 5: Insurance Forms, 1953-1955
Folder 6: Insurance Forms, 1956
Folder 7: Insurance Forms, 1957-1958
Folder 8: Insurance Forms, 1964
Folder 9: Insurance Forms, 1966
Folder 10: Insurance Forms, 1967-1969
Folder 11: Insurance Forms, 1970-1974
Folder 12: Leases and Rentals, 1943
Folder 13: Leases and Rentals, 1944-1945
Folder 14: Leases and Rentals, 1946
Folder 15: Leases and Rentals, 1947
Folder 16: Leases and Rentals, 1948
Folder 17: Leases and Rentals, 1950-1959
Folder 18: Music Licenses, 1967-1968
Series III: Financial Documents, 1943-1975, undated
This series contains financial records, most of which concern the Ocean View Amusement Park but they are some personal financial records of Dudley Cooper. The series is arranged alphabetically by topic.
Box 7
Folder 1: Balance Sheets, 1943
Folder 2: Balance Sheets, 1944-1945
Folder 3: Balance Sheets, 1946
Folder 4: Balance Sheets, 1947-1948
Folder 5: Balance Sheets, 1951-1954
Folder 6: Balance Sheets, 1958
Folder 7: Balance Sheets, 1963-1966
Folder 8: Bank Receipts, 1947-1948
Folder 9: Bank Receipts, 1951-1955
Folder 10: Bank Receipts, 1956-1959
Folder 11: Bank Receipts, 1964-1966
Folder 12: Bank Receipts, 1967
Folder 13: Bank Receipts, 1968-1969
Folder 14: Bank Receipts, 1970
Folder 15: Bank Receipts, 1971
Folder 16: Bank Receipts, 1972-1974
Box 8
Folder 1: Bank Receipts, 1975
Folder 2: Bank Deposit Books, 1953-1975
Folder 3: Bills, 1944-1948
Folder 4: Bills, 1951-1952
Folder 5: Bills, 1953
Folder 6: Bills, 1955-1956
Folder 7: Bills, 1957
Folder 8: Bills, 1958
Folder 9: Bills, 1963-1975
Folder 10: Bills, VEPCO, and C&P, 1951-1968
Folder 11: Receipts-Airline Tickets, undated
Folder 12: Receipts-Automobile (I), undated
Folder 13: Receipts-Automobile (II), undated
Folder 14: Receipts-Automobile (III), undated
Folder 15: Receipts-Automobile (IV), undated
Box 9
Folder 1: Receipts-Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 2: Receipts-Taxes, undated
Series IV: Printed Material, 1943-1978, undated
The series includes brochures, flyers, advertisements, news releases, and news clippings, and schedules of events for Ocean View Amusement Park.
Box 9
Folder 3: Advertising Copy - Radio and TV, 1952-1957
Folder 4: Brochures - Acts, undated
Folder 5: Brochures - Norfolk, undated
Folder 6: Brochures - Ocean View, undated
Folder 7: Brochures - Rides and Equipment, undated
Folder 8: Brochures - Tidewater Virginia, undated
Folder 9: Flyers (I), undated
Folder 10: Flyers (II), undated
Folder 11: Newsclippings re. November 1964 Fire at Ocean View Amusement Park, 1964 November
Folder 12: Newsclippings re. Closing of the Park, 1978
Folder 13: Newsclippings, 1943-1963
Folder 14: Newsclippings, 1968
Folder 15: Newsclippings, 1969
Folder 16: News Releases, 1970
Folder 17: Newsletters - Virginia Transit Company; National Ballroom Operators Association, undated
Folder 18: Newsletters - Virginia Transit Company; National Ballroom Operators Association, undated
Folder 19: Bus Transportation Articles, 1945-1946
Box 10
Folder 1: News Releases, 1952-1954
Folder 2: News Releases, 1955
Folder 3: News Releases, 1956
Folder 4: News Releases, 1957
Folder 5: News Releases, 1958
Folder 6: News Releases, 1968
Folder 7: News Releases, 1969
Folder 8: News Releases, 1970
Folder 9: News Releases, 1976
Folder 10: Postcards (I), undated
Folder 11: Postcards (II), undated
Folder 12: Posters and Handbills, undated
Folder 13: Schedules of Events, 1952-1970
Folder 14: Schedules of Events, 1971-1976
Series V: Photographs, circa 1940-1959, undated
This series includes photographs of Ocean View Amusement Park. Most of the photographs are of entertainment groups that performed at Ocean View, or who wished to perform at Ocean View.
Box 11
Folder 1: Animal Acts (I) - Szymanski's Chimps, undated
Folder 2: Animal Acts (II) - Dog Acts, undated
Folder 3: Animal Acts (III), undated
Including poster
Folder 4: Bathing Beauty Contests, circa 1940-1959
Folder 5: Color Photo of Amusement Park, undated
Folder 6: Easter Sunday at Ocean View Amusement Park, circa 1940-1959
Folder 7: Exterior Shots – Ocean View Amusement Park, undated
Folder 8: Fireworks at Ocean View Amusement Park, undated
Folder 9: High Wire Acts (I), undated
Folder 10: High Wire Acts (II)- Lovely Miss Rachel, undated
Folder 11: High Wire Acts (III), undated
Folder 12: High Wire Acts (IV), undated
Folder 13: High Wire Acts (V)- Capt. Eddie Sky-Thriller, undated
Folder 14: High Wire Acts (VI), undated
Folder 15: High Wire Acts (VII), undated
Folder 16: High Wire Acts (VIII), undated
Folder 17: High Wire Acts (IX)- The Fearless Bauers, undated
Folder 18: High Wire Acts (X), undated
Folder 19: High Wire Acts (XI), undated
Folder 20: High Wire Acts (XII)- The Rodriques Brothers, undated
Folder 21: High Wire Acts (XIII)- Miss Olga, undated
Folder 22: High Wire Acts (XIV), undated
Folder 23: High Wire Acts (XV), undated
Folder 24: High Wire Acts (XVI)- Erik Golden Boy of the High Wire, undated
Folder 25: High Wire Acts (XVII), undated
Box 12
Folder 1: High Wire Acts (XVIII), undated
Folder 2: High Wire Acts (XIX)- Trio Angelos, undated
Folder 3: High Wire Acts (XX), undated
Folder 4: High Wire Acts (XXI), undated
Folder 5: High Wire Acts (XXII), undated
Folder 6: Indian Village, undated
Folder 7: Juggling and Balancing Acts (I), undated
Folder 8: Juggling and Balancing Acts (II)- The Juggling Chef Pago, undated
Folder 9: Juggling and Balancing Acts (III), undated
Folder 10: Juggling and Balancing Acts (IV), undated
Folder 11: Magic Acts, undated
Folder 12: Trampoline Acts, undated
Folder 13: Miscellaneous Acts (I), undated
Folder 14: Miscellaneous Acts (II), undated
Box 13
Folder 1: Ocean View Amusement Park (I), undated
Folder 2: Ocean View Amusement Park (II), undated
Folder 3: Ocean View Amusement Park (III), undated
Folder 4: Ocean View Amusement Park (IV), undated
Folder 5: Ocean View Amusement Park (V), undated
Folder 6: Ocean View Amusement Park (VI), undated
Folder 7: Ocean View Amusement Park (VII), undated
Folder 8: Ocean View Fishing Pier (?), undated
Folder 9: Ocean View Amusement Park-Lady Buxom Contest Photos (I), undated
Folder 10: Ocean View Amusement Park-Lady Buxom Contest Photos (II), undated
Folder 11: Ocean View Amusement Park-Lady Buxom Contest Photos (III), undated
Folder 12: Ocean View Amusement Park-Lady Buxom Contest Photos (IV), undated
Folder 13: Displays, undated
Folder 14: “Rabbit Chase” Game, undated
Folder 15: “Rocket” Ride, undated
Folder 16: Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
Folder 17: Miscellaneous Photographs: Dudley Cooper, undated
Folder 1: Oversize Photographs, circa 1940-1958
Photographs of Ocean View Amusement Park including rides and the destruction after the fire in 1958.
Series VI: Miscellaneous, 1919-1976, undated
This series includes miscellaneous items such as tickets, sketches of Ocean View Amusement Park, and material related to the filming of the movie "Roller Coaster" at Ocean View Amusement Park, among others.
Box 14
Folder 1: Architectural Drawings, undated
Folder 2: Arnold Ramsey Lodge No. 1195 of B’nai B’rith 26th Annual Distinguished Service Award Presentation honoring Dudley Cooper, 1975 May 4
Folder 3: Articles re. Amusement Parks, undated
Folder 4: Article re. Dudley Cooper, undated
Folder 5: Article for Warner Twyford, undated
Folder 6: Bath House Construction, undated
Folder 7: Cost Estimates re. Fire, 1964 November 8
Folder 8: Electrical Damages Due to Fire, 1964 November 8
Folder 9: Golden Anniversary 1919-1969: Maury High School Class of 1919 Program, 1969 July 26
Folder 10: Maury Commodore Yearbook, 1919
Folder 11: Motel Postcards – Lafayette Motor Hotel, Ocean Ranch Motel, undated
Folder 12: Movie-"Roller Coaster", 1976
Folder 13: Ocean View Postcards, undated
Folder 14: Prices-Rides, undated
Folder 15: Questionnaire-Ocean View Park, 1968
Folder 16: Schedule of Insurance, undated
Folder 17: Sketches-Ocean View Amusement Park Sign, undated
Folder 18: Tickets, undated
Series VII: Scrapbooks, 1948-1967
This series includes scrapbooks of clippings and mementos documenting the history of Ocean View, Seaview Amusement, and Seaside Parks. Seaview Amusement Park was the African American park in Virginia Beach.
Oversize Box 15
Item 1: Scrapbook (Seaview Beach), 1948-1949
Item 2: Scrapbook (Ocean View Park), 1949-1952
Oversize Box 16
Item 1: Scrapbook (Seaside Park), 1949-1954
Item 2: Scrapbook (Ocean View Park), 1953-1955
Item 3: Scrapbook (All Parks), 1954
Oversize Box 17
Item 1: Scrapbook (All Parks), 1955-1956
Item 2: Scrapbook (All Parks), 1960
Oversize Box 18
Item 1: Scrapbook (Ocean View and Seaside Parks Ads Plus Miscellaneous News Items), 1963
Item 2: Scrapbook (All Parks Newspaper Ads and Publicity), 1964
Oversize Box 19
Item 1: Scrapbook (All Parks), 1965
Item 2: Scrapbook (All Parks), 1966-1967
Series VIII: Oversize Certificates, Photographs and Plaques, circa 1923-1979, undated
This series contains awards and certificates given to Dudley Cooper as well as panoramic photographs of Ocean View Amusement Park.
Oversize Box 20
Folder 1
Item 1: Anti-Defamation League Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary and Dudley Cooper, 1991 September 5
2 copies
Item 2: Certificate of Membership, Ambassador’s Society of Trustees, Dudley Cooper, 1989
Item 3: Ambassador’s Society of Trustees Award of Honor, Dudley Cooper, 1987
Item 4: Ambassador’s Society of Trustees Certificate of Membership, Dudley Cooper, 1988
Folder 2
Item 1: Honorary Citizen and Goodwill Ambassador, City of Houston, Texas, Dudley Cooper, undated
Item 2: Photograph - U.S.O.-J.W.B. at 222 Plume Street, circa 1950-1960
Folder 3
Item 1: Drawing Presented to Dudley Cooper One of the Original Founders by the Virginia Chapter of Young Audiences, 1979 October 20
Oversize Box 21
Item 1: Plaque - Norfolk Jewish Community Council Community Service Award, Dr. Dudley Cooper, 1946
Item 2: Plaque - Arnold Gamsey Lodge No. 1195 of B’Nai B’Rith, Distinguished Service Award, Dudley Cooper, 1975 May 4
Item 9: Panoramic Photograph of Ocean View Amusement Park, circa 1925
Photograph by Long's Studios of Norfolk, Virginia.
Item 10: Members of New York Union Printers Baseball League and Norfollk-Portsmouth Typographical Union No. 32, 1925 August 30
Photograph by Long's Studios of Norfolk, Virginia.
Item 11: Panoramic View of Norfolk's Popular Resort: Ocean View, circa 1945-1955
Panoramic view of the Ocean View Amusement Park as seen from the ocean.
Series IX: Maps and Architectural Drawings, 1924-1965, undated
This series consists of maps, architectural drawings, and blueprints of the Ocean View area and Chesapeake Bay House.
Poster Tube 1
Item 1: Map showing Contiguous Properties of Wells Ocean View Investment Inc. and The City of Norfolk, at Ocean View- Norfolk, Virginia (70A and 70B), undated
Item 2: Architectural Drawing: Ocean View Amusement Park- Norfolk, Virginia, 1960 December
Item 1: Drawing: Chesapeake Bay- Mean High Water as of December 1, 1923, 1924 March 22
Item 2: Composite Map showing Nansemond Hotel Property and Adjoining Parcels, 1942 July 21
Item 3: Drawing: Proposed Street Layout at Ocean View- Norfolk, Virginia, 1927 October 18
Item 6: Architectural Drawing: Plot Plan- New Buildings at Ocean View Amusement Park, Post Fire, 1964 December 14
Item 7: Six Architectural Drawings for the Chesapeake Bay House, 1965 December 14
Architectural Drawing: Vicinity Plan/Site Plan-Chesapeake Bay House; Architectural Blueprint: First Floor Plan-Chesapeake Bay House; Architectural Blueprint: Roof Plan/Typical Floor Plan-Chesapeake Bay House; Architectural Blueprint: Apartment Layouts S, 1, 1D, 2 ,2B & 3-Chesapeake Bay House; Architectural Drawing: Left & Front Elevation-Chesapeake Bay House; Architectural Drawing: Wall Section & Section thru Building- Chesapeake Bay House