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INTRODUCTION :

PROVENANCE:

The Jean Yancey donated her collection on May 29, 1994. Carolyn Fineran, a close friend, donated material in May 2005.

OWNERSHIP:

Literary rights and copyrights are assigned to the Denver Public Library.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Identification and location of item], Jean Yancey Papers, WH1176, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library

SIZE:

Number of boxes: 6

Number of PhotoBoxes: 1

Number of AV boxes: 1

Oversize: 2 boxes

Oversize: 1 Photo OVBox

LOCATION:

WH1176

PROCESSED BY:

Chris Basore

Deana Frederick

Ellen Zazzarino

August 1998

REVISED AND ENCODED BY:

Cynthia Rand

September 2004

Dennis Hagen

July 2009

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :

Jean Joliffe Yancey was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia on August 18,1914. Her family moved to Denver when Jean was eight years old. Jean attended Steven's School, Morey School and graduated from East High School. While attending East, Jean conceived and coordinated the first teenage fashion show in the United States. She studied in the drama and theater department at the University of Denver for two and a half years. In 1936 Jean moved to New York City where she met Lenard Royston Yancey Jr. They were married in Scarsdale, New York in 1937. Her first job in New York was at B. Altman and Company. Following that she worked for Joseph Byrne coordinating the largest trade show (at that time) in New York City. When her husband enlisted during W.W.II Jean left New York and worked in Vermont for a summer.

When Lenard was stationed in Denver, Jean relocated in the area and worked for The Denver Dry Goods. She was a buyer for the first teen shop in this part of the country at The Denver Dry Goods. In 1944 Jean followed her husband to Tampa, Florida and continued working in retail. William Biard Yancey was born in 1945. In the spring of 1948 the family moved to Des Moines, Iowa where Jean gave birth to Andrew and in 1953 to Alan. During their stay in Des Moines Jean worked for the Great Books Program, then a part of the University of Chicago.

In 1959 the family moved to Denver and Jean returned to work at The Denver. Jean started her business, The Bridal Loft, with a partner (whom she later bought out) in 1962. The business was sold in 1969 and Jean traveled to Greece. Upon her return Jean worked for Neusteters in the Bridal Shop. The following year as a consultant Jean put together the Goldstone Fashion Merchandising School. After the project Jean traveled to the Orient, visiting Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. In 1973 she started Jean Yancey and Associates, a business firm that specialized in start-up assistance to new businesses. Jean produced seminars, workshops and did extensive guest lecturing on a variety of subjects. A couple of years later Jean began teaching classes at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School and the Barbizon School of Modeling.

Jean Yancey established a reputation as one of the most effective speakers in the United States and Canada. In addition to speaking Jean is acclaimed as an outstanding entrepreneurial consultant. Jean was recognized by President Reagan as winner of the National Advocate for Women in Small Businesses. She served on a committee in Washington to help establish the educational agenda for the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business.

Jean was involved with many organizations and on numerous committees. She sat on the Executive Steering Committees of the Women and Business Conference since its inception. Jean was the Director of the Women's Bank, and Honorary Director of the Big Sisters. She has been a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Denver Business Women's Network, World Future Society and the Colorado Women's Forum. Jean received many awards and recognitions for her outstanding work and dedication. Several of these awards are; 1980 Spice of Life Award- Salute to Women, Soroptimist 1982 Woman of the Year, 1983 Salute to Women-Outstanding Woman Award, 1989 University of Denver John Evans Award and in 1992 the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Jean Yancey was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. A quote from a publication by the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame - "She (Jean) says the best advise she can give to a woman today is to develop and open vision--to realize that she is now a citizen of the world, no longer isolated by her femaleness nor by the political and economic set-up. A woman should make sure that her life has movement, that she doesn't stagnate, because the winds of change are so strong that if she stands still she could be passed by." Yancey died in Denver, Colorado on September 15, 2000.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :

The collection spans the years 1924-2001. Awards and certificates from Yancey's successful career make up about a quarter of the collection. The collection also includes business-related speeches, notes, correspondence and appointment books. Yancey's personal papers include high school newspaper clippings and ephemera and family and friends memorabilia. Jean Yancey's 80th Birthday Party! video is in the collection as well as cataloged.

SELECTION OF RELATED MATERIAL :

Carolyn Fineran Papers (C MSS WH1890)

SEPARATED MATERIAL :

Jean Yancey's 80th Birthday Party! (C338.04 Y15zjea)

SERIES 1 BUSINESS PAPERS AND AWARDS 1964-1993 BOX 1-5 :

Documents in the series date from 1964 to 1993. Materials include correspondence, appointment books, newspaper clippings, speeches certificates and awards.

SERIES 2 PERSONAL PAPERS 1924-2001 BOX 6 :

Documents in the series date from 1924 to 2001. The series includes papers from her days at East High School, the University of Denver and her memorial in 2000. The materials range from correspondence, notebooks, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, memorial pamphlets and tributes written by friends, family and business associates. One photograph is also included. File folder 22, which contains an address book and some personal letters, is restricted until 2025.

SERIES 3 AUDIO-VISUAL 1980-1994 AVBOX 1 :

The series contains audio-tapes of Yancey's speeches and a VHS tape from her 80th birthday party.

SERIES 4 OVERSIZE 1978-1990 OVBOX 1-2 :

The oversize comprises of three scrapbooks, advertisement, newspaper article and poem. The scrapbooks document her 70th birthday celebration, certificates and newspaper and magazine articles.

SERIES 5 PHOTOGRAPHS 1939-1992 PHOTOBOX 1, PHOTO OVBOX 1 :

The series contains three photograph albums, which primarily document the Yancey family from 1939 to 1963. Two albums depict Lenard Yancey during World War II and Yancey children as infants. The third album includes numerous scenic photographs of various western states from 1963. Loose photographs include numerous portraits of Jean Yancey, Yancey engaged in speaking activities and Yancey's 65th birthday celebration. Limited photographs depicting Yancey's associates complete the series.

SUBJECT ACCESS :

: SUBJECT ACCESS - :

  • Yancey, Jean Joliffe, 1914-2000 -- Archives.
  • Van Slyke, Helen, 1919- -- Archives.
  • Van Slyke, Helen, -- 1919-1979 -- Archives.
  • Colorado Women's Hall of Fame -- Archives.
  • Women in the professions -- Colorado -- Denver.
  • Women-owned business enterprises -- Colorado -- Denver.
  • Women in the professions -- Colorado -- Denver.
  • Entrepreneurship -- Colorado -- Denver.
  • Business records.
  • Personal papers.

CONTAINER LIST