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Dennis Glen Cooper Collection

Identifier: MSS.004


  • 2015


4.0 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Dennis Glen Cooper (1905-1995) was born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was a Detroit science teacher, travel writer, lecturer, photographer, and filmmaker. He earned his bachelor of arts degree and Michigan State Life Certificate from the College of the City of Detroit and the Detroit Teacher’s College (now Wayne State University) in 1927. Mr. Cooper earned his master of arts degree from the College of the City of Detroit in 1933. His thesis, The Urban Geography of Saginaw, Michigan, is stored in Wayne State University Libraries. Mr. Cooper went on to become head of the Exact Science Department at Sherrard Intermediate School (now closed) in Detroit. Mr. Cooper served in World War II as an Air Force captain, and later major, in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was captain of the 475th Fighter Group (known at the time as “Satan’s Angels”) and later became the Chief Rescue Intelligence Officer for the Fifth Air Force. Mr. Cooper hosted a Detroit television travel program, “Real of the Wild,” in the 1950s and 1960s, and traveled around the country to present his travel films. Most of his films are silent, as he provided live narration during presentations. He was particularly interested in Isle Royale, a National Park in Lake Superior. Dennis Cooper died in 1995.
Dennis Glen Cooper Collection
Finding Aid created by Diane Sybeldon, Shannon Rossi, and Tyler Cunningham

Repository Details

Part of the Wayne State University Library System Special Collections Repository


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