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Statement Regarding Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada

Statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court case Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, reporting that the Court has not yet made a final decision in the case, and noting that the state established Lincoln University as "a separate educational system for the negro race." Lloyd Gaines, a young black Missouri man, sought admission to the University of Missouri's law school and was rejected on the basis of his race. The case eventually reached the Supreme Court, which decided in December 1938 that if only one school existed, students of all races must be admitted.

Memorandum of Interview with Lucile Bluford

Memorandum recounting a meeting with Lucile Bluford as recounted by S. W. Canada, registrar at the University of Missouri. Canada writes that Bluford visited his office the afternoon of February 5, 1941, with another woman, to follow up on her telegram reporting that Lincoln University offered no journalism coursework and thus is not a substite for University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She requests admission to the MU program, and Canada reiterates that he has no authority to offer her admission.

Kansas City Call Tenth Anniversary and Progress Edition

Tenth Anniversary and "Progress Edition" of the Kansas City Call newspaper. The paper includes stories about crime and political news, social and church updates, sports stories, and advertisements for local businesses, groceries, and cosmetic products. A spread on page B-3 includes a statement from editor and publisher C. A. Franklin as well as photographs of the Call's facilities on 18th Street and its editorial and other staff. "Present Day Kansas City Far Cry From 1850" on B-4 describes the changes in the city over the last 75 years.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

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.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

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.

From William S. Hogsett to Rubey M. Hulen

Letter from William S. Hogsett to Rubey M. Hulen, agreeing that the $65,000 state appropriation for Lincoln University be earmarked for a School of Journalism, though expressing disappointment that more funding would not be available for other departments. 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.

From Tom Pendergast to Guy Park

Letter from tom Pendergast to Governor Guy Park providing his recommendation of Greene Thompson for caretaker at Lincoln University.

From S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett regarding an April 28 letter from Lucile Bluford, with which she included a copy of a letter to Lincoln University president Sherman Scruggs asking that her letter to be accepted as her standing application. Canada writes that he is unclear how to handle an application to a course that does not and may not exist in the future, as MU had temporarily shut down their own journalism program.

From S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett

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.

From S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett

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.

From Rubey M. Hulen to William S. Hogsett and Kenneth Teasdale

Letter from Rubey M. Hulen to William S. Hogsett and Kenneth Teasdale, reporting that the Missouri Senate has earmarked the $65,000 appropriation for Lincoln University to be used "for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and operating a 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.

From Rubey M. Hulen to William S. Hogsett and Kenneth Teasdale

Letter from Rubey M. Hulen to William Hogsett and Kenneth Teasdale regarding state appropriations for Lincoln University. The chairman of Lincoln's board informed the state senate that they could start an operate a school of journalism for $65,000, and Hulen is looking to ensure that the amount is earmarked specifically for that purpose. 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.