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Dr. Asa G. Yancey, Sr., M.D. papers

Identifier: aarl94-016

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains information relating to the career of Dr. Asa G. Yancey, contributions he made to Atlanta and the field of medicine. Though a small collection, there is a wealth of in formation which includes articles written by Dr. Yancey on Grady Memorial Hospital, healthcare in Atlanta and Dr. Charles R. Drew, written in honor of the U.S . Postage stamp issued to honor Dr. Drew.. The collection also includes programs, articles, and books about African Americana in health care.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1952-1971
  • Bulk, 1952-1971 1937-2001


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Historical Sketch

Dr. Asa Greenwood Yancey, Sr. former professor of Surgery, Emory University and former Medical Director, Grady Memorial Hospital is the son of Arthur H. Yancey and Daisy L. Sheppard. Dr Yancey was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 19, 1916. Dr. Yancey began his professional education at Morehouse College (1937) before continuing to The University of Michigan where he received his M.D. in 1941 Dr. Yancey also studied General Surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Charles R. Drew, M.D. (know for his Blood Bank Research). Also in 1941, Dr. Yancey Joined the United States Army where he was a First Lieutenant in The United States Army Medical Corp. Dr. Yancey is the organizer and Director of the first accredited program for the education of Black residents in General Surgery in the State of Alabama. He served as the Chief of Surgery at the Tuskegee Veterans Administration Hospital, 1948-1958. In 1958 Dr. Yancey became the Medical Director of the Hughes Spalding Pavilion of Grady Memorial Hospital where he was the first Black doctor and established the first accredited surgical residency program in the state of Georgia. Dr. Yancey has trained many Residents who have become certified by the American Board of Surgery and has performed countless hours of Research which have resulted in numerous awards and accolades. Dr. Yancey has also participated in many community organizations and served on many boards including the Board of Trustees, Georgia Division, American Cancer Society; Editorial Board; Journal of the National Medical Association; and Board of Directors, The Atlanta Regional Health Forum. He was a member of the Atlanta Board of Education, Atlanta Urban League and the Honorary Advisory Committee, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. Among is scholarly publications are " Grady Memorial Hospital Centennial: History and Development, 1892-1992", Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia; " Medical Education in Atlanta and Health Care of Black Minority and Low Income People," Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol. 80, No. 4, (1988); and " The Challenge of Providing Health Care for the Poor: Public Hospital Perspective". Journal of the National Medical Association


2.5 Linear feet




The collection spans from 1938 to 2001, the bulk of which dates from ca. 1952 to 2001, and contains articles, programs, and other publications related to the medical career of Dr. Asa G. Yancey, his contributions to healthcare in Atlanta, and the history of African American healthcare workers including Dr. Charles R. Drew, under whom Yancey studied.


Organized into 3 series:

  1. (1) Biographical materials
  2. (2) Articles and publications written by Yancey
  3. (3) African American healthcare.


The Dr. Asa G Yancey collection was donated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library of American Culture and History, Archives Division in 1994 by Dr. Asa Greenwood Yancey, Sr., MD

Processing Information

Processed By Anita Martin. Completed on 2003

Inventory of the Dr. Asa G. Yancey, Sr., M.D. Papers aarl94-016 aarl94-016
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303