About the SMC Digital Collection

The Sargeant Memorial Collection’s Digital Collection includes books, photographs, audio, video, documents and materials in other formats date from the late 19th century to the present covering Norfolk, the surrounding Greater Hampton Roads Region of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks.

SMC Online Photo Gallery

With more than 60,000 images in our photographic collections, the best representation of images have been selected for our online gallery. We continue to add to the database, so we invite you to check back from time to time if you are looking for a specific image and do not find it initially.

  • Downloading an Image
    Images are downloadable in JPEG format at 72 dpi. If a higher resolution is needed, please contact the Sargeant Memorial Collection staff. Please be sure to list the filename(s) when contacting us.
  • Copyright
    A copyright notice is posted on each image. Please contact the copyright holder for information about photograph usage.

Please contact the Sargeant Memorial Collection staff if you have questions or need help looking for a specific image.


Acknowledgements for Our Digital Image Project

The Norfolk Public Library's Digital Image Project could not have started without the generosity of the Dudley Cooper Family. The late Norfolk optometrist's six grandchildren made a substantial gift over a five-year period that enabled the library to purchase hardware and software to begin the arduous process of digitizing the tens of thousands of images and negatives, postcards, maps and documents in the collection of the Sargeant Memorial Room.

The gift honoring Dr. Cooper recognized his many contributions to the quality of life in the City of Norfolk, particularly his rescue of the popular Ocean View Amusement Park and his help in establishing an amusement park for the local African American population at Seaview Beach in the then-segregated community.

If you would like more information about Dr. Dudley Cooper, please visit the Special Collections department of Old Dominion University's Perry Library here in Norfolk where you can see The Papers of Dudley Cooper and Ocean View Amusement Park. Finally, we thank everyone who has donated materials to the collection and has shared their treasures with us. We promise to be responsible caretakers.