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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

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

Memorandum from Lucile Bluford's attorney Charles Houston to University of Missouri attorneys William S. Hogsett, Kenneth Teasdale, and Rubey Hulen providing notice of a motion to be submitted on behalf of Bluford, and including a registered mail receipt certifying that the notice was provided. The motion itself is not included in this document.

Date: 
October 25th 1940

Letter from defense attorney Kenneth Teasdale to the clerk of the U.S. District Court in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Teasdale writes that he is enclosing an application for a subpoena duces tecum to be issued in 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: 
October 15th 1940

Letter from U.S. District Court clerk A. L. Arnold to defense attorney Kenneth Teasdale in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Arnold writes that he is enclosing a subpoena requested by Teasdale, and describing the fees that are reimbursable to witnesses for their travel. 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: 
October 16th 1940

Letter from defense attorney Kenneth Teasdale to 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. Teasdale writes to inform the men that they will be receiving a subpoena ordering them to produce copies of specific issues of The Call from the years 1939 and 1940.

Date: 
October 15th 1940

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

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

Date: 
April 19th 1940

Telegrams from the federal court clerk to Kenneth Teasdale, Carl R. Johnson, and A. D. Sappington in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, writing that Judge John C. Collet directs a Bluford motion to be continued from Saturday to an undecided future date. 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: 
February 5th 1942

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

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

Letter from Rubey M. Hulen to William Hogsett and Kenneth Teasdale regarding state appropriations for Lincoln University. The chairman of Lincoln's board informed the state senate that they could start an operate a school of journalism for $65,000, and Hulen is looking to ensure that the amount is earmarked specifically for that purpose. 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.

Date: 
May 31st 1941

Brief written by attorneys representing the University of Missouri and it's registrar, S. W. Canada, in Lucile Bluford's appeal in her suit attempting to gain admission to the university's graduate journalism program.

Date: 
1941

Letter from Rubey M. Hulen to William S. Hogsett and Kenneth Teasdale, reporting that the Missouri Senate has earmarked the $65,000 appropriation for Lincoln University to be used "for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and operating a school of journalism." 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.

Date: 
June 3rd 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to William S. Hogsett, forwarding a copy of his reply to Lucile Bluford dated August 21 based on Hogsett's suggestions. He writes that Kenneth Teasdale and Mr. Sappington approved his reply, and also mentions that the newspaper correctly quotes from the opinion in the case. 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.

Date: 
September 2nd 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada suggesting a reply to Charles Houston's letter of September 11. Hogsett provides a draft reply recommending Canada writes that he deems it to be his duty to follow the court opinions, despite Houston's disagreement, and reiterate that he has no authority to admit Lucile Bluford to the university. Hogsett then recommends Canada confer with attorneys Rubey Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale, as well as university president Frederick A. Middlebush, for their approval before sending a reply.

Date: 
September 13th 1941

Telegram from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, suggesting a reply to Lucile Bluford's September 19 telegram to Middlebush, and copying Rubey Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale for their suggestions as well. 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.

Date: 
September 26th 1941

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