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Brief in support of defendant's motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defendant's attorneys argue for the dismal of Bluford's suit against Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, stating that she has no standing for the damages she seeks. They state that Missouri requires "separation of the white and negro races for purposes of higher education," and that Lincoln University has "the mandatory duty to provide for negro residents ...

Date: 
1940

Reply brief of defendant on motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The document responds to a memo by Bluford's attorneys, which in turn responds to Canada's attorneys brief requesting dismissal of the case. Canada's attorneys reject Bluford's assertion that Canada, as registrar, is a "ministerial officer" of the university, and insist he is a "mere subordinate employee." The defense team also argues that Bluford and her attorneys misunderstand the requirements of the decision in Gaines v.

Date: 
March 20th 1940

Motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defendant's attorneys argue for the dismal of Bluford's suit against Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, stating that she has no standing for the damages she seeks.

Date: 
November 24th 1939

Defendant's motion for directed verdict in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defendant's attorneys argue for a verdict in their favor by stating that Bluford has failed to state a claim, nor prove one, that justifies relief, nor has she proven that she applied to the graduate program in journalism at the University of Missouri in good faith. They also assert that Bluford provided no evidence that she had ever applied to Lincoln University.

Date: 
October 24th 1940

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, to submit the defendant's motion to dismiss. 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.

Date: 
November 22nd 1939

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, notifying the court of his intention, along with Senator Nick T. Cave, to represent the defendant, and to file a motion to dismiss the complaint. 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.

Date: 
November 15th 1939

Letter from U.S. District Court Clerk A. L. Arnold to attorney Carl R. Johnson, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, inquiring as to whether the plaintiff has yet filed an appeal. 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.

Date: 
January 18th 1941

Subpoena request for St. Louis Call managing editor Elwood E. Randol or Chester E. Stovall, editor of the paper, in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense team requests that the U.S. District Court order Elwood E. Randol, managing editor of the St. Louis Call, or Chester E. Stovall, editor of the paper, appear in court on October 21, 1940.

Date: 
October 1940

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett writes that he is enclosing the defendant's answer to the complaint. 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.

Date: 
June 18th 1940

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, enclosing the defendant's motion to dismiss the case. 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.

Date: 
April 19th 1940

Defendant's requested instructions to the jury in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Instructions include statements that Missouri law mandates "separate but equal" educational facilities, that Lincoln University is mandated to provide a journalism program "upon timely request of any qualified negro resident," that "there is no evidence that plaintiff applied to Lincoln University for graduate work," and other arguments in the case.

Date: 
October 24th 1940

Motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

Date: 
April 19th 1940

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to fellow defense attorneys Rubey M. Hulen to Kenneth Teasdale regarding Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. He writes that he has noticed a typo in their response and asks that notification of the correct be made to the court and Bluford's attorney Carl R. Johnson.

Date: 
March 24th 1942

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to U.S. District Court deputy clerk Charles Seibold regarding Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett confirms receipt of Seibold's telegram informing him that Judge John Collet directed the Bluford motion be continued from Saturday to a future undecided date.

Date: 
February 6th 1942

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to the U.S. District Court clerk in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett writes that he is enclosing a defendant's motion to require the plaintiff to make changes to their statement under Rule 12(e). 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.

Date: 
January 28th 1942

Motion for more definite statement under Rule 12(e) and to require plaintiff to separately state and number in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense team moves that the plaintiff be required to "make a more definite statement of the several claims for relief and causes of action," and to "state in separate counts the various claims founded upon separate transactions or occurrences under Rule 10(b)." They argue that the different types of claims being made must be dealt with separately. The defendant also demands a jury trial in the case.

Date: 
January 28th 1942

Motion for directed verdict on Count 1 and motions to dismiss Counts 2 and 3 in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense team moves the court to direct the jury to return a verdict against the plaintiff in Count 1 of the amended complaint, arguing that evidence is insufficient to prove the claims, that there is no evidence Bluford applied to Lincoln University in time for the university to establish a graduate journalism program, that University of Missouri registrar Canada acted in accordance with state law in refusing Bluford registration, and other points.

Date: 
April 24th 1942

Defendant's requested instructions in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

Date: 
April 24th 1942

Answer in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense responds to Bluford's complaint by arguing that she has no grounds upon which to make this claim, by denying that Canada acts as an "officer" of the University of Missouri in his role as registrar, and affirming the role of Lincoln University to serve the black residents of Missouri by establishing equivalent programs to MU, among other points.

Date: 
March 12th 1942

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.

Date: 
October 6th 1939

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