Scope and arrangement
The Ademola Olugebefola Papers, 1967-1990, document his career as artist, designer, educator, consultant and businessman. They consist of correspondence, minutes, printed material, financial records, gallery announcements, invitations, press releases, illustrations and graphic designs, and are divided into three series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers and Pat Davis Files.
The Ademola Olugebefola papers are arranged in three series:
The PERSONAL PAPERS, 1969-1988, series contains resumes and biographical sketches including entries for various biographical dictionaries and professional directories. Also included are letters and postcards from friends and one letter from his father. The remainder of the series focuses on cultural organizations such as Across Culture: Caribbean/American Cultural Exchange and the Society of Africans from America on whose boards of directors he served; Coalition of Cultural Believers and the Nigerian American Friendship Society, Inc. in which he held memberships; and the Hier Institute For Egyptological Research in which he had a general personal interest. Organizational files are arranged alphabetically.
The PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, 1967-1990, series is divided into the subseries Exhibitions, Graphics & Designs, Businesses and Organizations. Also included in this series is correspondence and other material regarding speaking engagements, participation in seminars, workshops, symposia and panels. The use of his artwork in publications, articles regarding his work in general, interviews and media appearances are also found here.
- 1977-1979, 1983, 1986, n.d.
PAT DAVIS FILES, 1977-1979. Davis, a photographer, is the wife and business partner of Ademola and co-founder of Solar Associates and Grinnell Galleries, now collectively known as the Grinnell Collection. Known for her innovative work in photography, she has exhibited widely and her work is in the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Studio Museum in Harlem and several private collections. Her work appears in a variety of magazines and journals and on album covers. Davis is a founding member of Where We At Black Women Artists. Files contain correspondence, invitations, gallery announcements, brochures and fliers featuring solo and group exhibitions of her work. Also included are membership lists and printed material on Where We At Black Women Artists.