The staff of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum would like to wish congratulations to Archivist James Yancey, Jr. as he enters retirement and begins a new chapter in his life. His enthusiasm for history has touched many a fellow coworker and researcher. He will be missed!
Yancey began working with the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) in July 1977 and came to the Carter Library project in September 1981. (Yancey has been with the Carter Library since before the physical building even existed!) He found his way to NARA by taking a test at the Civil Service Commission and “checking the archives block” on the accompanying placement page–amazing how things work out!
His first archival job was at Morehouse College in Atlanta, reviewing the John Hope Papers. Later, he worked for two years as an Archives Technician and two years in records declassification at Suitland, Maryland prior to becoming an Archivist at the Carter Library. He loves archival work because it gives him the chance to view history in the raw, prior to interpretation. He majored in history from Morehouse College and received a MLS from Clark-Atlanta University.
Yancey loves to play chess; he and coworker James Stewart have taught chess at the Youth Detention Center in Atlanta for several years. He also loves studying the American Civil War and is a member of The Georgia Civil War Commission and is also on the advisory board for The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University. Other interests include taking photographs, hiking, trivia, and traveling.
Best wishes for a bright future!