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Letter from Lucile Bluford to Lincoln University president Dr. Sherman D. Scruggs that she asks to be considered as a standing application to the university as a graduate student in journalism.

Date: 
April 28th 1942

Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada that she asks to be considered as a standing application to the university as a graduate student in journalism. Bluford writes that Canada's attorney William S. Hogsett used "open appeals to race prejudice" in federal court, and refuses to let that thwart her career.

Date: 
April 28th 1942

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, suggesting Canada need not reply to letters from Lucile Bluford, suggesting she "has now been placed in the nuisance class" after losing her two lawsuits against Canada. 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 case that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
May 4th 1942

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, noting that the university's graduate journalism program is to be reinstated, and addressing questions about Lucile Bluford potentially renewing her application and filing another lawsuit. Hogsett suggests they return to their prior successful argument that her applications are not being made in good faith and are instead "a mere pretense." He believes it likely that the NAACP would select another plaintiff for future efforts.

Date: 
May 18th 1944

Letter from University of Missouri president Frederick A. Middlebush to Kansas City Call editor Chester A. Franklin in response to Franklin's letter of May 21.

Date: 
May 27th 1942

Summons and complaint in the civil case of Lucile Bluford vs. S. W. Canada, registrar at the University of Missouri. Canada is ordered to answer Bluford's complaint, directed to her lawyer Carl R. Johnson, within 20 days. The complaint asserts that Bluford was deprived of her civil rights under state law by Canada's refusal to admit her to the University of Missouri's graduate program in journalism, as MU offered the state's only such program, and Bluford was qualified for that program and was rejected solely on the basis of her race.

Date: 
January 7th 1942

Memorandum opinion in the civil case of Lucile Bluford vs. S. W. Canada, registrar at the University of Missouri. Canada's lawyers entered a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the facts don't support the claim. The document asserts that Bluford was refused admittance to the university "upon the ground that she was a negro," and that Canada "was carrying out the rules and regulations of the statutory governing body of the University," with Lincoln University existing for the education of black students.

Date: 
April 6th 1940

Verdict in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Jury foreman Edwin J. Bedford announces the jury found in favor of the defendant, University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada and against defendant Lucile Bluford. 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, led to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
October 24th 1940

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Leslie Cown, secretary of the MU Board of Curators, and university president Frederick A. Middlebush regarding Lucile Bluford filing suit against Canada in federal court for refusing her admission to the university. Canada reports that he is being sued for $20,000 in damages, and that the suit is an outgrowth of a suit filed by Bluford in the circuit court. Canada also notes that he must answer or plead to the suit within 20 days.

Date: 
February 5th 1941

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