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Letter from Independence, Missouri resident Louise Sheldon to Senator Harry S. Truman. Sheldon informs Truman that the Kansas City Star is attacking the reputation of Judge Marion D. Waltner of the Independence Division of the Circuit Court, labeling him "a Pendergast man." Sheldon then defends Waltner's reputation.

Date: 
December 2nd 1942

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Independence, Missouri resident Louise Sheldon. After Sheldon informs Truman that the Kansas City Star is attacking the reputation of Judge Marion D. Waltner of the Independence Division of the Circuit Court, Truman replies that little can be done to help Waltner in this situation.

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December 15th 1942

Letter from Democrat Albert R. Norton to Senator Harry S. Truman. Norton reintroduces himself as a former Pendergast ("goat") precinct captain in the 14th Ward in Kansas City, Missouri. He states that he could no longer be proud of such affiliation and became a United Democratic Club precinct captain. Norton then inquires about the possibility of a job in city administration as he had just recently been fired from a Republican office because of his political affiliation.

Date: 
May 12th 1942

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to former Pendergast precinct captain Albert R. Norton. Truman replies to Norton's letter where he inquires about the possibility of a job in city administration as he had just recently been fired from a Republican office because of his political affiliation. Truman finds no sympathy in Norton's plight since he abandoned the established Democratic organization for the United Democrats.

Date: 
May 23rd 1942

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Aviation Commissioner of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Russell Cantwell. Truman thanks Cantwell for sending him "a copy of a letter to the Secretary of War about the safety of air plants."

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January 7th 1942

Letter from Aviation Commissioner of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Russell Cantwell to Senator Harry S. Truman. Cantwell encloses a copy of a letter from William T. Grant to the U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. Cantwell then informs Truman that he will be in Washington D.C. the following week to meet with J. C. Nichols. In the enclosed letter, Grant lists the economic and social advantages of selecting Kansas City to build a new factory for airplanes.

Date: 
January 3rd 1942

A letter from William M. Boyle to James M. Pendergast in which Boyle inquires if Pendergast would like to renew his commission as an officer in the Army for combat in the second World War. Boyle makes it clear that, "it would mean immediate duty with the possibility of such duty being in the actual combat zone." Boyle then discusses the 1942 political campaign as it pertains to Kansas City and references "the Senator" (Harry S. Truman).

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February 17th 1942

A letter from James M. Pendergast to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Pendergast requests information from Truman pertaining to a rumored rationing of radios and radio equipment due to the war effort. Pendergast seeks this information because he has "some friends here engaged in the wholesale radio distribution business."

Date: 
September 12th 1942

Letter from U.S. Marshal H. L. Dillingham to Charles Seibold, U.S. District Court clerk, in Civil Cases No. 42 and No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, reporting on payments received from J. H. Polson and plaintiff's attorney Carl R. Johnson toward marshal's costs and expenses in the case. Dillingham writes that his records show the accounts in the case balance.

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May 28th 1942

Telegrams from the federal court clerk to Kenneth Teasdale, Carl R. Johnson, and A. D. Sappington in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, writing that Judge John C. Collet directs a Bluford motion to be continued from Saturday to an undecided future date. 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: 
February 5th 1942

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.

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May 27th 1942

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to fellow defense attorneys Rubey M. Hulen to Kenneth Teasdale regarding Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. He writes that he has noticed a typo in their response and asks that notification of the correct be made to the court and Bluford's attorney Carl R. Johnson.

Date: 
March 24th 1942

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to U.S. District Court deputy clerk Charles Seibold regarding Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett confirms receipt of Seibold's telegram informing him that Judge John Collet directed the Bluford motion be continued from Saturday to a future undecided date.

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February 6th 1942

Telegram from the federal court clerk to defense attorney William S. Hogsett in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, writing that Judge John C. Collet directs a Bluford motion to be continued from Saturday to an undecided future date. 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: 
February 5th 1942

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to the U.S. District Court clerk in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett writes that he is enclosing a defendant's motion to require the plaintiff to make changes to their statement under Rule 12(e). 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 28th 1942

Letter from defense attorney Rubey M. Hulen to the U.S. District Court clerk in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hulen writes to enclose a form of order to extend time for pleas and filing an answer in the case, which he says he has discussed with Judge John Collet, and asks that Collet sign the order. A handwritten note at the bottom of the letter notes that Hulen has phoned and now wants to delay the order.

Date: 
January 21st 1942

Letter from plaintiff's attorney Carl R. Johnson to Judge John C. Collet in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Johnson writes that he is enclosing an amended petition in the case, and notes that the petition has already been forwarded to the defense counsel. 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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February 19th 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 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.

Date: 
January 12th 1942

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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.