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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Telegram from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri President F. A. Middlebush regarding her denial of admission to the university's journalism school. She notes that she was referred to Lincoln University, the state's black university, but that they offer no journalism courses. 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 14th 1939

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 the secretary to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to William S. Hogsett, thanking Hogsett for his letter of October 6 to Middlebush regarding Lucile Bluford, and reporting that the letter has been placed on the president's desk for his 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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October 7th 1939

Letter from University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to attorney Nick Cave, thanking Cave for his letter of October 7 concerning the Lucile Bluford 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. 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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October 9th 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

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, regarding the issue of whether or not Lucile Bluford's application to the university was ever dealt with by the university's Board of Curators.

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October 6th 1939

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Leslie Cown, secretary of the MU Board of Curators, and university president Frederick A. Middlebush regarding Lucile Bluford filing suit against Canada in federal court for refusing her admission to the university. Canada reports that he is being sued for $20,000 in damages, and that the suit is an outgrowth of a suti filed by Bluford in the circuit court. Canada also notes that he must answer or plead to the suit within 20 days.

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February 5th 1941

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to university president Frederick A. Middlebush, forwarding a recounting of an in-person conversation with Lucile Bluford along with other communications from her regarding her attempt to gain admission to the university during the second semester of the 1940/1941 school year. 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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February 21st 1941

Letter from the secretary to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to William S. Hogsett, noting that Hogsett's letter to Middlebush of April 6 regarding Lucile Bluford has been placed on his desk for his "early 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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April 10th 1940

Letter from William Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, John H. Lathrop, and Lee-Carl overstreet, enclosing a copy of Judge John C. Collet's opinion of April 6 in Lucile Bluford's suit against the 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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April 9th 1940

Letter from William Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush regarding the Bluford vs. Canada trial. Hogsett gives thanks to Lee-Carl Overstreet, S. W. Canada, and Dean Martin for their assistance in the trial, abnd notes that their case has been submitted to the circuit court and they should expect a decision shortly. 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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February 13th 1940

Telegram from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, stating that she feels it is unfair she has to continue to wait to enroll in graduate journalism courses after two years of attempting to gain admission, and reiterating that Lincoln University does not offer such coursework and insisting that MU admit her. 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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February 11th 1941

Letter from Board of Curators secretary Leslie Cowan to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, reporting that he is not making mention of his discussion of Lucile Bluford correspondence with the Board of Curators at its February 22 meeting, unless Middlebush thinks he should. He writes, however, that he assumes "no record is to be made." 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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March 11th 1941

Letter from the secretary to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush to Leslie Cowan, secretary of the Board of Curators, forwarding a letter dated April 11 from S. W. Canada, university registrar, at Middlebush's request. The letter concerned dismissal of Lucile Bluford's case against the 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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April 15th 1941

Telegram from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, stating that university registrar has rejected her application for admission for six straight semesters due to her race, despite her credits having previously been acceptable, and reiterating that Lincoln University does not offer a journalism program. She requests that Middlebush "extend democracy in our own state" at a time that "negro boys as well as white are about to sacrifice their lives on the battlefield" in defense of democracy.

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September 19th 1941

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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September 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

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