Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Summons in a Civil Action


Summons in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, ordering defendant Canada to serve to Bluford's attorney Sidney R. Redmond an answer to the complaint within 20 days. The back of the document contains a certification by U.S. Marshal H. L. Dillingham of the delivery of the summons to Canada on November 6, 1939. 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 a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

November 4th 1939
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Jefferson City, MO
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Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1991, Lucile Bluford v. S. W. Canada
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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.