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Myrtis Minor Papers

Identifier: harsh-2004-03

Scope and Contents

As a high school student in Jackson, Mississippi, Minor was one of the leaders of a 1948/1949 bus boycott for civil rights. Her papers document the Lanier High School bus boycott and her career as a nurse at various Chicago hospitals and private practices.


  • 1946-2007, undated


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Biographical / Historical

Myrtis Boler Minor was born in Mississippi in 1929. She graduated from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi in 1949. As a high school junior (1948) or senior (1949), Minor and additional Lanier students led a bus boycott in Jackson following an incident involving a fellow classmate. The student, Elport Chess, was beaten and arrested for refusing to give up his seat on a bus to a white woman.

Minor moved to Chicago to train at Provident Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She lived with her paternal uncle in Chicago. She continued her education at DePaul University, studying speech and English. Minor’s professional experience began at Provident Hospital where she began work as an operating room staff nurse in 1955.

Myrtis Minor’s career as a nurse practitioner in Chicago spanned thirty years. She worked at Cook County Hospital, the University of Chicago, West Side Veterans Administration Hospital, and at several private practices. Minor specialized in operating room nursing and diabetes education/outreach.


2.5 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes, includes 2 audio cassette tapes, 1 CD, and 5 photographs)

Language of Materials



As a high school student in Jackson, Mississippi, Minor was one of the leaders of a 1949 bus boycott for civil rights. Her papers document the boycott, her career as a nurse at Provident Hospital and her activities in community organizations. They consist of oral history audio recordings, programs, yearbooks, clippings and memorabilia.


The collection is arranged into two series by material type; Series 1: Manuscripts, 1947-2007, undated and Series 2: Audiovisual Materials, 1946-1955, and 2007, undated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Myrtis Minor in April 2004

Related Materials

Related materials at the Chicago Public Library include:

  • Chicago SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) History Project Archives
  • CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), Chicago Chapter Archives
  • Lambda Pi Alpha, Beta Mu Chapter Archives
  • Leonidas Berry Papers
  • Sarah White Papers


Guide to the Myrtis Minor Papers
Elizabeth Loch, Archival Specialist
June 2021
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection Repository

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