Race Relations and Civil Rights

LUCILE H. BLUFORD CASE FILES

These items document the lawsuits that Lucile H. Bluford pursued against S.W. Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, for repeatedly denying her admission to the university.
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Letter from Sidney R. Redmond, an NAACP attorney, to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, inquiring after what action the university's Board of Curators took regarding Lucile Bluford's application to enter the 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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October 3rd 1939

Letter from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to attorney Nick Cave, forwarding him a copy of the letter from Sidney Redmond, and noting that the issue of Lucile Bluford's application to the university did not come before the Board of Curators. Middlebush also requests advice as to how to reply to Redmond's inquiry. 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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October 5th 1939

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to university president F. A. Middlebush, forwarding a copy of a letter from and reply to Lucile Bluford, which he writes that he has also forwarded to attorney Nick Cave. 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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February 4th 1939

Letter from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to William S. Hogsett, forwarding a copy of a letter from NAACP attorney Sidney Redmond, and mentioning that Lucile Bluford's application to the university did not come before the Board of Curators. He requests Hogsett's advice in how to reply to Redmond's letter. 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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October 5th 1939

Letter from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to NAACP attorney Sidney R. Redmond, reporting that Lucile Bluford's application never came before the university's Board of Curators, which can be proven in the minutes of the meeting, and noting that "under existing laws of this State," Bluford should apply to Lincoln 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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October 9th 1939

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

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 William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, noting that the university's graduate journalism program is to be reinstated, and addressing questions about Lucile Bluford potentially renewing her application and filing another lawsuit. Hogsett suggests they return to their prior successful argument that her applications are not being made in good faith and are instead "a mere pretense." He believes it likely that the NAACP would select another plaintiff for future efforts.

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May 18th 1944
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