YANCEY, ASA G., 1916-
Asa G. Yancey papers, circa 1940-2013

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/f8zj3

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Yancey, Asa G., 1916-
Title: Asa G. Yancey papers, circa 1940-2013
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1279
Extent: 6.5 linear feet (7 boxes) and 3 oversized papers boxes and 1 oversized papers folder (OP)
Abstract:Papers of African American doctor and Emory University faculty member Asa G. Yancey, including artifacts, audiovisual material, printed material, slides, and subject files.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Dr. Asa G. Yancey, Sr., M.D. papers, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, Georgia


Gift of Carolyn L. Yancey, 2013.

Custodial History

Carolyn L. Yancey is the daughter of Asa G. Yancey.


[after identification of item(s)], Asa G. Yancey papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of African American Collections, Randall Burkett, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American culture and history.


Arranged and described at the series level by Carrie Hintz, March 2015.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Asa G. Yancey (1916-2013), African American doctor and professor emeritus of Emory University's School of Medicine, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Daisy L. (Sherard) Yancey and Arthur H. Yancey. He attended Booker T. Washington High School and Morehouse College, and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. After serving as first lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Corp and as an instructor of surgery at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, Yancey returned to Atlanta in 1958. He was the first African American doctor to join the staff of the Hughes Spalding Pavilion of Grady Memorial Hospital, where he established the first accredited general surgery training program for black doctors. Yancey was also the first African American faculty member of Emory's School of Medicine, and became associate dean in 1972. Also in 1972, Yancey was appointed medical director of Grady Memorial Hospital.

Yancey married Carolyn E. Dunbar in circa 1945 and the couple had four children: Dr. Arthur H. Yancey, II; Caren L. (Yancey) Covington; Dr. Carolyn L. Yancey; and Dr. Asa G. Yancey, Jr.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Asa G. Yancey from circa 1940-2013 documenting Yancey's career as a physician and professor in Atlanta, Georgia. The collection includes artifacts, audiovisual material, correspondence, printed material, slides, and subject files. Subject files include correspondence, photographs, writings, and printed material collected by Yancey.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five series: (1) Alphabetical files, (2) Professional activities, (3) Personal material, (4) Photographs, (5) Printed and audiovisual material.

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