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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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Correspondence

Letter from Ruth Vawter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Vawter writes regarding Mrs. Marie S. Barnhill, former Area Supervisor of Women's Work for the WPA in Webster County. Barnhill's successor "is making her brags that she can deliver Saline County in the palm of her hand to the Organization for Judge Billings," and Vawter suggests that Barnhill, who is not currently allied to either Supreme Court candidate, could support Douglas "should [Stark] be able to help her."

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Correspondence

Letter from Lloyd V. Harmon to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the impact of Stark's visit to Marceline. He writes that support for James Douglas in the Missouri Supreme Court race has increased, though Catholic voters support James Billings.

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Correspondence

Letter from Dr. W. L. Brandon to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, in which Brandon resigns "as a member and as Vice-President of the Missouri State Board of Health, effective this date." He does so in protest of Stark's request for "a confidential report on those who are for Judge Douglas in your section; and also the names of leaders who are against him." He states that in addition to supporting Judge Billings, who is a personal friend, he considers Stark's request "to be both sinister and corrupt."

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Correspondence

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

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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.