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Motion for extention of time for filing the designation of record, the transcript of record and statement of errors in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Bluford and her attorneys request an extension of 60 days from the date of the original judgement to file documents, including a statment of court errors, in her appeal. She states that her attorney, Charles H. Houston, has been "physically unfit," delaying action on her case.

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January 22nd 1941

Challenge to the petit jury panel in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Bluford challenges that the jury selected for her trial consists solely of whtie jurors, and that "all qualified Negroes have been excluded solely because of race or color" in violation of the U.S. Code., and due to "a long established and unbroken systemic course of discrimination" which also violates the Fifth Amendment.

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October 22nd 1940

Affidavit of Lucile Bluford supporting challenge to panel in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Bluford and her attorneys provided support to her challenge that black citizens were illegally removed from the jury pool for her trial, resulting in an all white jury panel. This document provides population statistics for the Missouri counties from which her jury was selected, including population data for each race.

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October 21st 1940

Bond on appeal in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Bluford acknowledges her obligation to pay court costs in her appeal if the case is dismissed or the judgment affirmed, and Mr. T. B. Watkins signs as surety for her. 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.

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November 29th 1940

Complaint for deprivation of plaintiff's civil rights under color of state laws in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The complaint alleges that the the refusal of admission of Bluford to the University of Missouri graduate journalism program by university registrar Canada constited a violation of her civil rights.

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December 13th 1941

Amended complaint for deprivation of plaintiff's civil rights under color of state laws in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

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February 17th 1942

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

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 Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, frustrated because she has not received a reply to her telegram of February 11. She writes that, while Canada insists he has no authority to admit her to the university, other MU officials report that he is the sole authority on such matters. She reiterates that Lincoln University offers no journalism courses, leading her to demand admission to the University of Missouri, and includes a check for $41.50 to cover student fees for the coming semester.

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February 16th 1941

Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, reporting that she has applied to Lincoln University for graduate work in journalism, but that they offer no journalism courses. She says there will therefore be applying to MU for the semester beginning Friday of that week. She requests he wire her at an address in Jefferson City with permission to enroll. 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 5th 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

Letter from Lucile Bluford to Lincoln University President Sherman D. Scruggs requesting information on the planned journalism program to begin on February 1, 1942, at the university. She asks for details regarding faculty qualifications, student fees, and the availability of specific graduate coursework equivalent to that offered at the University of Missouri, and writes that she is interested in "practical courses in newspaper production" that would be of help in her work at The Call newspaper.

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December 30th 1941

Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, insisting upon admission to the University of Missouri as Lincoln University will not offer a journalism program for the coming fall semester.

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August 21st 1941

Letter from Lucile Bluford to Lincoln University president Dr. Sherman D. Scruggs that she asks to be considered as a standing application to the university as a graduate student in journalism.

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April 28th 1942

Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada that she asks to be considered as a standing application to the university as a graduate student in journalism. Bluford writes that Canada's attorney William S. Hogsett used "open appeals to race prejudice" in federal court, and refuses to let that thwart her career.

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April 28th 1942
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