Letter from Joseph L. Mclemore to Missouri Governor Guy B. Park, thanking him for his support of Lincoln University during his tenure.
Letter from tom Pendergast to Governor Guy Park providing his recommendation of Greene Thompson for caretaker at Lincoln University.
Response letter from Governor Park to Tom Pendergast describing his intention to help Greene Thompson with an appointment if possible.
Letter from Greene Thompson to Tom Pendergast requesting a recommendation to Governor Guy Park to be appointed buildings and grounds caretaker at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. He includes a list of references.
Tenth Anniversary and "Progress Edition" of the Kansas City Call newspaper. The paper includes stories about crime and political news, social and church updates, sports stories, and advertisements for local businesses, groceries, and cosmetic products. A spread on page B-3 includes a statement from editor and publisher C. A. Franklin as well as photographs of the Call's facilities on 18th Street and its editorial and other staff. "Present Day Kansas City Far Cry From 1850" on B-4 describes the changes in the city over the last 75 years.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clipping from an unknown newspaper regarding the establishment of a law school at Lincoln University, in reaction to the decision in the Gaines v. Canada U.s. Supreme Court case. In the article, Lincoln president Sherman D. Scruggs states that the law school would be established in time for the start of the next fall semester. The decision in the Gaines case, where Lloyd Gaines sought admission to the white-only University of Missouri law school, mandated that black students be admitted to the MU program unless a equal program was available at the black-only Lincoln.
Clipping from the January 1, 1940 edition of the Columbia (Mo.) Star, reporting the dismissal of a case filed by Lloyd Gaines in an attempt to gain admission to the University of Missouri Law School, due to the inability of Gaines' attorneys to locate their client for the prior ten months. Gaines, whose initial suit reached the U.S. Supreme Court, led to the establishment of a law school at Lincoln University, disappeared in March, 1939, and was never seen or heard from again.
Clipping from an unknown newspaper reporting that Lucile Bluford has filed an amended complaint to her suit against S.W. Canada, registrar of the University of Missouri, wherein she claimed $20,000 in damages and argued that the university's rejection of her application to their journalism program was a violation of her civil rights. The article notes that Judge John C.
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.
Motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.
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.
Amendment to amended second complaint in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.
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.