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Letter from Kansas City resident Edwin A. Ferguson to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Ferguson attaches a letter he sent the same day to Howard Williams, Director of the W.P.A. in Kansas City, Missouri. Ferguson explains that he has been unjustly dismissed from his W.P.A. funded position and provides the circumstances to both Truman and Williams. He also mentions to Truman that he believes he was dismissed for his support of the Pendergast organization (the "Goat" faction).

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February 17th 1941

Letter from Eugene P. Donnelly to Sam M. Wear in which Donnelly discusses the effect imminent Governor Forrest C. Donnell will have on the upcoming St. Louis City Election that April. He also comments of the Jackson County Democratic Organziation: "We are growing daily in Kansas City and have the confidence of the people of Jackson County."

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February 19th 1941

Letter from U.S. District Court Clerk A. L. Arnold to attorney Carl R. Johnson, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, inquiring as to whether the plaintiff has yet filed an appeal. 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.

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January 18th 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to Charles H. Houston regarding issues of taxable costs in the Bluford vs. Canada 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. 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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March 13th 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to Rubey M. Hulen, agreeing that the $65,000 state appropriation for Lincoln University be earmarked for a School of Journalism, though expressing disappointment that more funding would not be available for other departments. 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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June 2nd 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, forwarding a copy of the Missouri Supreme Court opinion in the Bluford vs. Canada case.

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July 9th 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada suggesting a reply to Charles Houston's letter of September 11. Hogsett provides a draft reply recommending Canada writes that he deems it to be his duty to follow the court opinions, despite Houston's disagreement, and reiterate that he has no authority to admit Lucile Bluford to the university. Hogsett then recommends Canada confer with attorneys Rubey Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale, as well as university president Frederick A. Middlebush, for their approval before sending a reply.

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September 13th 1941

Telegram from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, suggesting a reply to Lucile Bluford's September 19 telegram to Middlebush, and copying Rubey Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale for their suggestions as well. 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 26th 1941

Photograph of businesses at the northeast corner of Walnut Street and 5th Street. Pictured establishments include Merchants Bank, Fruit Supply Co., and Aleshi Brothers Produce Company.

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June 1941

Photograph of the Nigro Pool Hall and Red Gibson's Restaurant, once located at the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Walnut Street.

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June 1941

Photograph of businesses at the northeast corner of Walnut Street and 4th Street. Pictured establishments include Walnut Buffet and New Market Cafe.

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June 1941

Photograph of businesses at the southeast corner of Walnut Street and 4th Street. Pictured establishments include Defeo Fruit Co., L. Yukon & Sons Produce Co., Inc., and William F. Helm & Son.

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June 1941

Photograph of recently demolished buildings on at the southeast corner of Walnut Street and 3rd Street. This vantage point faces east-northeast with the Muehlebach Brewery.

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August 1941
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.