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Miscellaneous Documents

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.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Missouri Supreme Court opinion written by Judge Albert M. Clark in the appeal of State of Missouri, at the Relation of Lucile Bluford vs. S. W. Canada, Registrar of the University of Missouri, Case No. 37449. Bluford's appeal was based on the United States Supreme Court decision in the Lloyd Gaines vs. University of Missouri case, which asserted that Gaines was entitled to admission to MU's law school when proposed alternatives were insufficient and thus refusing him admission constituted a violation of his right to equal protection.

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Verdict in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Jury foreman Charles E. Abbott announces the jury finds against the plaintiff and for the defendant. 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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Miscellaneous Documents

Jury lists in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The list shows 42 potential jurors listing names, counties of residence, and occupations. Several names are stricken through. 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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Miscellaneous Documents

Argument in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The document, likely the defense clothing arguments, notes that while "all citizens are entitled to equal advantages without discrimination on account of their race or color ... equal advantages is not meant exactly the same educational facililites at the same institution," and otherwise summarizes the defense arguments in the case.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Defendant's requested instructions in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, including specific questions for the jury to consider.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Jury list in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The list shows 42 potential jurors listing names, counties of residence, and occupations. Several names are stricken through. 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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Miscellaneous Documents

Praecipe for subpoena in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, requesting that a subpoena be issued for Kenneth Logan and J. P. Washington to appear as witnesses for the plaintiff on October 22, 1940. 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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Miscellaneous Documents

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.

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Clippings

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.

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Correspondence

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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Correspondence

Letter from U.S. District Court Clerk A. L. Arnold to attorney William S. Hogsett, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, confirming his receipt of the defendant's motion to dismiss and reporting that it will be placed on Judge John C. Collet's calendar of cases on December 2, 1939.

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