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Letter from Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast to Governor Guy Park, asking that he appoint Walton Holmes to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Date: 
December 17th 1934

Letter from Hugh Pendergast to Governor Guy Park asking that Jack Ford of Kansas City be admitted to medical school at the University of Missouri.

Date: 
August 9th 1935

Letter from Edward P. Heller to Francis M. Wilson

Date: 
July 20th 1932

Letter from democratic candidate for Missouri governor, Francis Wilson, to Herbert Rice, responding to assertions that his campaign in not going well in Boone County.

Date: 
February 24th 1932

Letter from Charles H. Houston to the clerk of the United States District Court for the Central Division of the Western District of Missouri, writing that he was enclosing a motion and order in the Lucile Bluford vs. S. W. Canada case, and asking that it is called to the attention of the 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 a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
January 23rd 1941

Letter from attorney Ralph E. Murray to Judge John C. Collet, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, requesting a continuance on behalf of the attorneys of both the plaintiff and defendant in the hearing of the motion to dismiss the case. 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 a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
December 26th 1939

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, to submit the defendant's motion to dismiss. 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 a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
November 22nd 1939

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, notifying the court of his intention, along with Senator Nick T. Cave, to represent the defendant, and to file a motion to dismiss the complaint. 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 a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
November 15th 1939

Letter from U.S. District Court Clerk A. L. Arnold to attorney William S. Hogsett, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, confirming his receipt of the defendant's motion to dismiss and reporting that it will be placed on Judge John C. Collet's calendar of cases on December 2, 1939.

Date: 
November 24th 1939

Letter from defense attorney Rubey M. Hulen to the U.S. District Court clerk regarding Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hulen writes that defendant Canda's full name is "Silas Woodson Canada." 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 a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
May 27th 1942

Letter from Eva Benningfield to Dr. F. A. Middlebush, University of Missouri president, describing telegraphs "supposedly from Negro students" regarding the Gaines vs. Missouri case, and discussing media attention they are receiving. Lloyd Gaines, a young black Missouri man, sought admission to the University of Missouri's law school and was rejected on the basis of his race. The case eventually reached the Supreme Court, which decided in December 1938 that if only one school existed, students of all races must be admitted.

Date: 
February 2nd 1939

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.

Date: 
February 4th 1939

Telegram from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri President F. A. Middlebush regarding her denial of admission to the university's journalism school. She notes that she was referred to Lincoln University, the state's black university, but that they offer no journalism courses. 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.

Date: 
September 14th 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.

Date: 
September 14th 1939

Letter from Sidney R. Redmond, an NAACP attorney, to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, inquiring after what action the university's Board of Curators took regarding Lucile Bluford's application to enter the School of Journalism. 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.

Date: 
October 3rd 1939

Letter from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to attorney Nick Cave, forwarding him a copy of the letter from Sidney Redmond, and noting that the issue of Lucile Bluford's application to the university did not come before the Board of Curators. Middlebush also requests advice as to how to reply to Redmond's inquiry. 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.

Date: 
October 5th 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.

Date: 
February 4th 1939

Partial draft of a response to Lucile Bluford, written by an unknown party, in reply to her inquiries about gaining admission to the University of Missouri's journalism graduate program. 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.

Date: 
February 1939

Letter from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to William S. Hogsett, forwarding a copy of a letter from NAACP attorney Sidney Redmond, and mentioning that Lucile Bluford's application to the university did not come before the Board of Curators. He requests Hogsett's advice in how to reply to Redmond's letter. 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.

Date: 
October 5th 1939

Letter from attorney Nick T. Cave to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, regarding NAACP attorney Sidney Redmond's inquire about the status of Lucile Bluford's application to the university. He writes to concur with Jack Murray's suggested reply, and to reiterate that Bluford has knowledge of her correspondence, rejected her admission, with registrar S. W. Canada. 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.

Date: 
October 7th 1939

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
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