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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

Memorandum opinion in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, regarding the defendant's motion to dismiss the case. Judge J. C.

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April 6th 1940

Amended motion for new trial in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, wherein Bluford's attorney Charles Houston moves to set aside the verdict and grant her a new trial. He argues that the original verdict was invalid due to an illegally assembled all-white jury, that a witness was allowed to testify that Lincoln University could have created a journalism department by Fall 1939 without any demonstrated knowledge of the logistics of doing so, and by excluding evidence that Bluford did contact Lincoln University regarding graduate work, among other factors.

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October 26th 1940

Amended second count in complaint for deprivation of plaintiff's civil rights under color of state laws in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, adding information to Bluford's initial complaint. The document summarizes her case against Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, and asserts her rights under the equal protection cause of the Constitution were violated by his rejection of her application for admission.

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April 13th 1940

Witness summons in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, commanding Miss G. A. Wadkins, Acting Business Officer of Lincoln University, to appear in court on October 21, 1940, with general ledgers for several Lincoln accounts as well as budget sheets documenting state appropriations money. 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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October 16th 1940

Praecipe for subpoena in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, requesting that a subpoena be issued on behalf of the plaintiff for Lincoln University president Sherman D. Scruggs to produce the minutes of all Board of Curators and executive committee meetings since 1936, and all correspondence between the university and Lincoln University regarding a journalism program. A request is also made for a subpoena to be issued to Miss G. A. Wadkins, business officer of the university, to produce all books showing the university budget and expenditures for the prior two years.

Date: 
October 18th 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.

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October 24th 1940

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

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April 19th 1940

Amendment to complaint in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The plaintiff's attorneys amend Bluford's original complaint by adding text to provide that Bluford knew that Lincoln University did not offer graduate or undergraduate work in journalism. 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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February 3rd 1940

Amendment to amended second complaint in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

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June 1st 1940

Answer in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense attorneys response to the amended second count of the plaintiff's complaint, in which they argue that the plaintiff "fails to state a claim against defendant upon which relief can be granted," that Canada denies he was an "officer" of the University of Missouri, and also denies that he accepted Bluford to the university. They also assert that Canada had no right or ability to register Bluford as an MU student under Missouri law, among other points of argument.

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June 19th 1940

Civil subpoena issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Thelma Berlack Boozer of Lincoln University. She is commanded to appear in District Court on April 23, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff. 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 21st 1942

Civil subpoena issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Elliott J. Barnett of Lincoln University. He is commanded to appear in District Court on April 21, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff. 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 21st 1942

Civil subpoena issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Rashey B. Moten of Lincoln University. He is commanded to appear in District Court on April 23, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff. 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 21st 1942

Civil subpoena duces tecum issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Winfred A. Hamilton, business manager of Lincoln University. He is commanded to appear in District Court on April 23, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff, and to produce all records from the business office from July 1, 1940 on related to the "establishment and operation" of the School of Journalism at Lincoln.

Date: 
April 21st 1942

Civil subpoena duces tecum issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Mrs. Alberta Rankins, secretary to the board of curators of Lincoln University. She is commanded to appear in District Court on April 23, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff, and to produce "all minutes and records of the board of curators" beginning in July 1940 related to the establishment of a school of journalism at Lincoln, as well as records and correspondence related to Lucile Bluford applying for graduate work in journalism.

Date: 
April 21st 1942

Civil subpoena duces tecum issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Sherman D. Scruggs, president of Lincoln University.

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April 22nd 1942

Civil subpoena duces tecum issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Roy McKittrick, Missouri attorney general. He is commanded to appear in District Court on April 23, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff, and to produce "all data" that lead to his opinion about the timing of Lucile Bluford's application for graduate work in journalism and the existence of such a program.

Date: 
April 23rd 1942

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

Date: 
April 24th 1942

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