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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.

Date: 
November 24th 1939

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

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett writes that he is enclosing the defendant's answer to the 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 18th 1940

Letter from U.S. District Court Clerk A. L. Arnold to attorney Carl R. Johnson, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, inquiring as to whether the plaintiff has yet filed an 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: 
January 18th 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to Charles H. Houston regarding issues of taxable costs in the Bluford vs. Canada 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. After repeated efforts to enter the program, and repeated denials due to her race, she filed a lawsuit against the university that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
March 13th 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to Rubey M. Hulen, agreeing that the $65,000 state appropriation for Lincoln University be earmarked for a School of Journalism, though expressing disappointment that more funding would not be available for other departments. 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 2nd 1941

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, forwarding a copy of the Missouri Supreme Court opinion in the Bluford vs. Canada case.

Date: 
July 9th 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

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

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to U.S. District Court deputy clerk Charles Seibold regarding Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett confirms receipt of Seibold's telegram informing him that Judge John Collet directed the Bluford motion be continued from Saturday to a future undecided date.

Date: 
February 6th 1942

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to the U.S. District Court clerk in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hogsett writes that he is enclosing a defendant's motion to require the plaintiff to make changes to their statement under Rule 12(e). 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: 
January 28th 1942

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada. Hogsett writes that Canada need not acknowledge receipt of the copy of Lucile Bluford's letter to Lincoln University President Sherman D. Scruggs, and asks if Canada has any information about what journalism courses Lincoln will offer, noting Bluford's likelihood to continue legal action if that school does not establish that program.

Date: 
January 8th 1942

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada reporting that he will be meeting that day with Rubey M. Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale about the new suit filed by Lucile Bluford in federal court. 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: 
January 13th 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
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