Missouri Supreme Court

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Miscellaneous Documents

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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Correspondence

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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Miscellaneous Documents

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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Correspondence

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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Correspondence

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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Correspondence

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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Correspondence

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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Correspondence

Letter labeled "PERSONAL" from S. H. Toucey to Senator Estes Kefauver, regarding his Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce. Toucey writes that he doesn't "like CRIME anymore than the United States Senate do," and goes on to summarize his view of election fraud andand insurance scandals in Kansas City and Jackson County.

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Pamphlets

Pamphlet describing how Pendergast, "King of Kansas City, Emperor of Missouri," and his machine gained power in Kansas City and its role in statewide election fraud.

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Correspondence

Letter from J. J. Smith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Smith warns that if a man named H. V. Sewell has recently written to pledge support for Judge James Douglas, Stark should be suspicious as Smith knows that Sewell has recently written to Pendergast pledging loyalty to his side. Smith writes that Sewell has an "inclination and practice of trying to ride two horses at the same time going in opposite directions." Smith also offers Stark advice and information in the future, "confidentally or publicly."

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Correspondence

Letter from J. T. Pinnell to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Democratic county officials in southwest Missouri are under Pendergast machine control and that the "office holders have Mr. Billings' picture set up in their offices." Pinnell writes that he believes that there are many "decent, patriotic men and women" who are not allied with Pendergast, "but the trouble is that they are not organized at all, and consequently, will not be able to make their force felt." He also describes machine influence with relief organizations in the region.

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Correspondence

Letter from J. N. Burroughs to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, commending Stark's opposition to "the corrupt elements in our party headed by the Pendergast machine," and believes he will receive support for Judge James Douglas's election to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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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.