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Letter from S. W. Canada, University of Missouri registrar, to Lucile Bluford, regarding her application to the university. He writes that she was accepted prior to the university learning of her race, and notes that "if such fact had been known then you would have been immediately advised ... that you could not be admitted." He also writes that the decision in the Lloyd Gaines case at the Supreme Court has not yet been finalized and thus does not impact their admissions decisions.

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February 4th 1939

Telegram from University of Missouri Registrar S. W. Canada to Lucile Bluford, stating that he has no authority to admit her to the university. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism. After repeated efforts to enter the program, and repeated denials due to her race, she filed a lawsuit against the university that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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September 14th 1939

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to university president F. A. Middlebush, forwarding a copy of a letter from and reply to Lucile Bluford, which he writes that he has also forwarded to attorney Nick Cave. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism. After repeated efforts to enter the program, and repeated denials due to her race, she filed a lawsuit against the university that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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February 4th 1939

Memorandum recounting a meeting with Lucile Bluford as recounted by S. W. Canada, registrar at the University of Missouri. Canada writes that Bluford visited his office the afternoon of February 5, 1941, with another woman, to follow up on her telegram reporting that Lincoln University offered no journalism coursework and thus is not a substite for University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She requests admission to the MU program, and Canada reiterates that he has no authority to offer her admission.

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February 5th 1941

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to university president Frederick A. Middlebush, forwarding a recounting of an in-person conversation with Lucile Bluford along with other communications from her regarding her attempt to gain admission to the university during the second semester of the 1940/1941 school year. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

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February 21st 1941

Telegram from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Lucile Bluford, stating that he replied to her in person at his office the day before, prior to receipt of her telegram, and writes "my oral reply, namely that I have no authority to admit you, answers your communication." At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

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February 6th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Rubey Hulen, forwarding copies of Lucile Bluford's letter of February 16 and her check for student fees, and asking for his advice on his reply. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism. After repeated efforts to enter the program, and repeated denials due to her race, she filed a lawsuit against the university that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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February 19th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Rubey Hulen, forwarding a copy of Lucile Bluford's telegram of February 11, and noting that, on Hulen's advice, he has not replied. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism. After repeated efforts to enter the program, and repeated denials due to her race, she filed a lawsuit against the university that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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February 11th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Lucile Bluford, returning the check she mailed for student fees, as she "cannot be admitted to the Uiversity as heretofore informed." At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism. After repeated efforts to enter the program, and repeated denials due to her race, she filed a lawsuit against the university that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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February 19th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, forwarding a photocopy of a August 21 letter from Lucile Bluford requesting admission to the university for the fall 1941 semester. Canada requests Hogsett suggest a reply. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

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August 25th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, further discussing how to reply to a letter from Lucile Bluford. Canada thanks Hogsett for his suggestions, and goes on to suggest that they make reference to the Attorney General's opinion in the case. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

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August 29th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, forwarding a copy of his reply to Lucile Bluford dated August 21 based on Hogsett's suggestions. He writes that Kenneth Teasdale and Mr. Sappington approved his reply, and also mentions that the newspaper correctly quotes from the opinion in the case. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

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September 2nd 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, forwarding an air mail letter he received from Charles H. Houston on September 11 in reference to a letter Canada wrote to Lucile Bluford. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism. After repeated efforts to enter the program, and repeated denials due to her race, she filed a lawsuit against the university that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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September 12th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, enclosing his reply to Charles Houston's letter of September 11 regarding the Lucile Bluford case, noting that attorneys Rubey Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale, and university president Frederick A. Middlebush approved his response. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

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September 16th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Charles H. Houston, writing that in spite of Houston's apparently disagreement iwth the opinion of the Supreme Court and attorney general in the Lucile Bluford case, Canada believes it is his duty to follow the opinion and stating that he remains without authority to admit Bluford to the university. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

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September 16th 1941

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Leslie Cown, secretary of the MU Board of Curators, and university president Frederick A. Middlebush regarding Lucile Bluford filing suit against Canada in federal court for refusing her admission to the university. Canada reports that he is being sued for $20,000 in damages, and that the suit is an outgrowth of a suit filed by Bluford in the circuit court. Canada also notes that he must answer or plead to the suit within 20 days.

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February 5th 1941

Answer in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense responds to Bluford's complaint by arguing that she has no grounds upon which to make this claim, by denying that Canada acts as an "officer" of the University of Missouri in his role as registrar, and affirming the role of Lincoln University to serve the black residents of Missouri by establishing equivalent programs to MU, among other points.

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March 12th 1942

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, forwarding on a letter sent by Lucile Bluford to Lincoln University President Sherman D. Scruggs. He writes that he has not acknowledged receiving the letter, and wonders if any acknowledgment is necessarily. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a case that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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January 7th 1942

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett reporting that he has been served notice of a new suit filed by Lucile Bluford, and writing that he has limited information on the progress made by Lincoln University to establish a journalism program. He believes faculty have been hired, and that building is underway on a new building.

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January 12th 1942

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, writing to copies of all his correspondence with Lucile Bluford since the time of her suit for damages in Federal Court. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a case that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

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January 19th 1942

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