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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

Telegram from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, stating that university registrar has rejected her application for admission for six straight semesters due to her race, despite her credits having previously been acceptable, and reiterating that Lincoln University does not offer a journalism program. She requests that Middlebush "extend democracy in our own state" at a time that "negro boys as well as white are about to sacrifice their lives on the battlefield" in defense of democracy.

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September 19th 1941

Telegram from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to Lucile Bluford, reporting that in light of her telegram, he has reread the opinions in her case from the Missouri Supreme Court and the Attorney General, as well as her recent correspondence with S. W. Canada, the university's registrar, and stating that he believes Canada has performed his duties appropriately in declining her admission. 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 1941

Telegram from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to William S. Hogsett, enclosing a copy of Lucile Bluford's September 19 telegram, and requesting his advice in drafting 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. 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 25th 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

Letter from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to Lucile Bluford, reporting that in light of her telegram of September 19, he has reread the opinions in her case from the Missouri Supreme Court and the Attorney General, as well as her recent correspondence with S. W. Canada, the university's registrar, and states that he believes Canada has performed his duties appropriately in declining her admission. 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 27th 1941

Letter from Kenneth Teasdale to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, approving William Hogsett's suggested reply to a September 19 letter from 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 27th 1941

Letter from the secretary to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to William S. Hogsett, thanking Hogsett for his proposed reply to Lucile Bluford, and reporting that his suggestions have been brought to the president's attention. 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 27th 1941

Letter from Lucile Bluford to Lincoln University President Sherman D. Scruggs requesting information on the planned journalism program to begin on February 1, 1942, at the university. She asks for details regarding faculty qualifications, student fees, and the availability of specific graduate coursework equivalent to that offered at the University of Missouri, and writes that she is interested in "practical courses in newspaper production" that would be of help in her work at The Call newspaper.

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December 30th 1941

Missouri Supreme Court opinion written by Judge Albert M. Clark in the appeal of State of Missouri, at the Relation of Lucile Bluford vs. S. W. Canada, Registrar of the University of Missouri, Case No. 37449. Bluford's appeal was based on the United States Supreme Court decision in the Lloyd Gaines vs. University of Missouri case, which asserted that Gaines was entitled to admission to MU's law school when proposed alternatives were insufficient and thus refusing him admission constituted a violation of his right to equal protection.

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May 1941

Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, insisting upon admission to the University of Missouri as Lincoln University will not offer a journalism program for the coming fall semester.

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August 21st 1941

Letter from attorney Charles H. Houston to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, saying that he is writing in response to his September 2 letter to Lucile Bluford. Houston cites the Lloyd Gaines decision and its assertion that Gaines must be admitted if Lincoln did not provide a law program by the next semester, and notes that Lincoln University has by that point had three weeks longer to establish a journalism program than it had to establish a law program in the Gaines case.

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September 11th 1941

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 William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada. Hogsett writes that Canada need not acknowledge receipt of the copy of Lucile Bluford's letter to Lincoln University President Sherman D. Scruggs, and asks if Canada has any information about what journalism courses Lincoln will offer, noting Bluford's likelihood to continue legal action if that school does not establish that program.

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January 8th 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 William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada reporting that he will be meeting that day with Rubey M. Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale about the new suit filed by Lucile Bluford 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 13th 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

Letter from Kansas City Call editor Chester A. Franklin to University of Missouri president Frederick A. Middlebush, discussing the importance and impetus of the Lucile Bluford case against the university. Franklin writes that the suit is "an effort to make Missouri provide the equal schooling for Negroes ordered by the supreme court in the Gaines decision," and that "the state has evaded its duty" in meeting that standard.

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May 21st 1942

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett regarding an April 28 letter from Lucile Bluford, with which she included a copy of a letter to Lincoln University president Sherman Scruggs asking that her letter to be accepted as her standing application. Canada writes that he is unclear how to handle an application to a course that does not and may not exist in the future, as MU had temporarily shut down their own journalism program.

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May 1st 1942

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