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Frances Minor Papers

Finding Aid: Frances Minor Papers
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

Frances Minor PapersFrances Minor is a Chicago-born art collector, long-time educator, and wife of Byron C. Minor, Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools. Her mother, Sadie Hilyard Anderson, was an active member of several local grassroots organizations, including the Works Progress Administration, and the first black MIDI Woman for the 5th Ward.

Aside from her many community organizational affiliations, including the Vivian Harsh Society, and The DuSable Museum, Frances is an avid collector of art. An active member of the South Side Community Art Center since the 1950s, she worked along side other women in order to keep the struggling center running by paying for postage, organizing events, and managing its affairs. As a member of the SSCAC, Frances cultivated relationships with artists such as Ramon Price, Earnest Alexander, and William E. Scott, and has remained a major supporter of local African American artists. Her papers are an aggregation of many years of art collecting and community involvement.

Selected Artifacts

Original issue of Illinois Labor Notes dedicated to the 1936 National Negro Congress. Minor’s mother, Sadie Anderson, was a member of several local grassroots organizations; this issue, along with materials from her work with the WPA, can be found in the collection. Catalogue from the 10th Anniversary of the Black Fine Arts Show, 2006; one of many art shows and events Minor attended as a collector.

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