Series 2
Files, 1920-2010
Boxes 84-149; OP 1-3; OBV 3 and 13-16; AV 1-20

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of files created and maintained by Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell from 1920-2010. Files include correspondence, personal papers, records of Ophelia DeVore Associates, other professional papers, printed and promotional material, and photographs. Correspondence includes personal invitations to events, invitations to judge pageants or speak, thank you notes, holiday cards, solicitation letters, award letters, and letters regarding the business activities of Ophelia DeVore Associates, particularly The Columbus Times.

Personal papers contain awards and certificates, identification and membership cards, passports, financial records, legal records, medical records, and some family papers. Ophelia DeVore Associates records document the business activities of Ophelia DeVore Associates and its subsidiaries: The Columbus Times, Grace del Marco Models, the ODV Performing Company, Ophelia DeVore Cosmetics, and the Ophelia DeVore School, as well as numerous pageants produced by the company. The files contain memoranda, financial records, event planning files, contracts, and other administrative records. The subseries also includes a significant number of recordings of The Ophelia DeVore Show, a cable access television program hosted and produced by DeVore-Mitchell.

Other professional papers contain DeVore-Mitchell's appointment and address books, board and committee files, and subject files. Board and committee files document the organizations in which DeVore-Mitchell was involved, particularly National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the New York Black Republican Council, and Top Ladies of Distinction. Printed and promotional material consists primarily of promotional material for Ophelia DeVore Associates and its subsidiaries, including brochures, calendars, event fliers, fliers for general company promotion, invitations, newsletters, press releases, and event programs; a significant portion of these materials are related to DeVore Associates' modeling shows, showcases, and graduations. Photographs document Ophelia DeVore Associates events and also include personal photos of Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell and her family.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 6 subseries: (2.1) Correspondence, (2.2) Personal papers, (2.3) Ophelia DeVore Associates records, (2.4) Other professional papers, (2.5) Printed and promotional material, and (2.6) Photographs

Description of Subseries