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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.

Date: 
June 1st 1940

Telegram from plaintiff's attorney Charles H. Houston to Judge John C. Collet regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Houston writes that, while research is completed for the Bluford case, he is physically unable to complete a memorandum at that time. 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 26th 1940

Undated handwritten note regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada by an unknown writer. 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.

Letter from plaintiff's attorney Charles H. Houston to Judge John C. Collet regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Houston writes to submit a Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss in the case, and apologizing for the time it took to prepare the motion.

Date: 
February 29th 1940

Memorandum in opposition to defendant's motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Bluford's attorneys oppose the defendant's motion to dismiss the case, and recap the facts of their case including Bluford's eligibility for admission to the University of Missouri's graduate program in journalism in every factor but her race, Lincoln University's lack of a journalism program, and address the issue of whether S. W. Canada, as an agent of MU, is liable under federal law, among other legal issues.

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February 29th 1940

Order overruling motion to dismiss plaintiff's amended second count in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Judge John C. Collet overrules the defendant's motion to dismiss the amended second count of the plaintiff's 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 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

Notice of appeal to Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Plaintiff's attorney Charles H. Houston provides notice to the court and defense attorneys that they are appealing the case to the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Defense attorney William S. Hogsett signs that he is received a copy of the appeal on December 3, 1940.

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October 24th 1940

Letter from plaintiff's attorney Charles H. Houston to the U.S. District Court clerk regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Houston writes to enclose an amended second count in the case, and notes a registered mail receipt confirming the amendmend has been also forwarded to defense attorney William Hogsett.

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April 11th 1940

Letter from plaintiff's attorney Carl R. Johnson to the U.S. District Court clerk regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Johnson writes to enclose the Notice of Appeal in the case, which they intend to appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also writes that Mr. T. B. Watkins, owner and operator of the Watkins Brothers funeral home, will be appeaing as surety in the case.

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December 4th 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

Affidavit in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Mr. T. B. Watkins, who is acting as bond surety in the case, attests to his ownership of a business and real estate in Kansas City worth $6,000, in excess of the amount Bluford is obligated to guarantee in her 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: 
November 29th 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.

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February 5th 1942

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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