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Brief written by attorneys representing the University of Missouri and it's registrar, S. W. Canada, in Lucile Bluford's appeal in her suit attempting to gain admission to the university's graduate journalism program.

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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 Rubey M. Hulen to William S. Hogsett and Kenneth Teasdale, reporting that the Missouri Senate has earmarked the $65,000 appropriation for Lincoln University to be used "for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and operating a 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.

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June 3rd 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 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 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

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

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 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 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 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.

Date: 
May 1st 1942

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