Superintendent J.J. Bohlander wrote on behalf of the Calmenson family to the registrar Mr. West asking why the Calmensons were told that having Jews in a boarding house where they resided lowered its ranking at the University of Minnesota. His inquiry followed the two sisters being asked not to return the following year. Superintendent Bohlander’s letter not only recounted the events that happened, it underlined his belief that the University of Minnesota would treat all people fairly. It also provides evidence that the University ranked its boarding houses on the basis of the religion of its residents with a lower ranking created by housing young Jewish women.
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