Finding Aid for the Charles E. Cooper Papers, 1930-1950

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Charles E. Cooper Papers, 1930-1950

Collection number: 330

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, May 1991
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, June 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles E. Cooper Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1950
Collection number: 330
Creator: Cooper, Charles E.
Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Charles E. Cooper was educated in Holton, Kansas. He bred thoroughbred horses and established the Rancho San Luis Rey in San Diego County (1930s), a 5,000 acre ranch that became known as one of the largest and most successful breeding farms in the nation. He was also the director of the California Breeders Association and a member of the California Horse Racing Commission. The collection consists of the records of Rancho San Luis Rey and the California Horse Racing Board, correspondence, periodicals, posters and ephemera dealing mostly with horse racing and farm related materials.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Amy Cooper, 1961.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles E. Cooper Papers (Collection 330). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Cooper was educated in Holton, Kansas; worked in real estate and building trades in Los Angeles, California, from 1902-18; he was head of the Cooper-Henderson Oil Company, Consolidated, of Breckinridge, Texas, 1918-23; he participated in the development of Wilshire Boulevard's Miracle Mile in California, 1923-26; bred thoroughbred horses and established in the 1930s Rancho San Luis Rey in San Diego County, a 5,000 acre ranch that became known as one of the largest and most successful breeding farms in the nation; director, California Breeders Association; member, California Horse Racing Commission.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of records of Rancho San Luis Rey and the California Horse Racing Board, and extensive correspondence with prominent members of California racing circles. Includes periodicals, posters and ephemera dealing mostly with horse racing and farm related materials.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Business files, Rancho San Luis Rey, 1933-40 (Boxes 1-6).
  2. Correspondence, ca. 1937-1939 (Box 7).
  3. Financial records, Rancho San Luis Rey, ca. 1931-40 (Box 8).
  4. Records, California Horse Racing board, ca. 1940-44 (Box 9).
  5. Periodicals and ephemera, ca. 1936-48 (Boxes 10-13).
  6. Photographs, ca. 1936-39 (Box 14).
  7. Business files, ca. 1933 (Boxes 15-16).
  8. Ledgers, ca. 1932-38 (Box 17).
  9. Posters (Box 18).
  10. Map of principal racecourses in America (oversize).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Cooper, Charles E.--Archives.
Rancho San Luis Rey (Breeding farm).
California Horse Racing Board.
Horse breeders--California--Archival resources.
Online resources.


Container List

Box 1

Business files, Rancho San Luis Rey, ca.1937-1939.

Box 2

Business files, Rancho San Luis Rey, ca.1937-1943.

Box 3

Business files, Rancho San Luis Rey, ca.1934-1940.

Box 4

Business files, Rancho San Luis Rey, 1933-1940.

Box 5

Business files, Rancho San Luis Rey, ca.1932-1940.

Box 6

Business files, Rancho San Luis Rey, 1935-1940.

Box 7

Correspondence.

Box 8

Financial records, Rancho San Luis Rey, ca.1931-1940.

Box 9

Records, California Horse Racing Board, ca.1940-1944.

Box 10

Periodicals and ephemera, ca.1936-1948.

Scope and Content Note

Includes such items as Rural Electrification magazine, John Deere brochures, and other farm related publications.
Box 11

Ephemera, ca.1936-1943.

Scope and Content Note

Includes many horse race programs and farm related materials.
Box 12

Ephemera, ca.1937-1947.

Scope and Content Note

Includes The Miracle Mile, and horse racing materials.
Box 13

Ephemera, ca.1936-1947.

Scope and Content Note

Mainly horse racing programs.
Box 14

Photographs, ca.1936-1939, horses and horse races.

Scope and Content Note

Also thoroughbred bloodline chart.
Boxes 15, 16

Business files, ca.1933.

Box 17

Ledgers, ca.1932-1938.

Box 18

Posters.

Box 19

Map of Principal Racecourses in America.