Race Relations and Civil Rights

LUCILE H. BLUFORD CASE FILES

These items document the lawsuits that Lucile H. Bluford pursued against S.W. Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, for repeatedly denying her admission to the university.
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Order in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, granting 60 additional days for Lucile Bluford to file her appeal to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. 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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January 1941

Civil witness claims in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, wherein witnesses in the case applied for reimbursement for travel costs associated with their appearance. The witnesses are J. Harvey Jefferson, James Mason Carter, Ernest S. Redd, Lee W. DeCrouch, Fred A. Wilson, Owen Perkins, Kenneth Logan, Robert S. Cobb, Duke Diggs, Charles E. Robinson, Sr., Earl F. Conley, Hubert E. Washington, James Mason, Earl Sexton, and Alex L. Hicks.

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October 22nd 1940

Bill of court costs in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, listing clerk's costs, statutory attorney fee, witness fees, and marshal's fee, to be reimbursed. 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 29th 1942

Witness summons in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, commanding Miss G. A. Wadkins, Acting Business Officer of Lincoln University, to appear in court on October 21, 1940, with general ledgers for several Lincoln accounts as well as budget sheets documenting state appropriations money. 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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October 16th 1940

Civil subpoena in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, commanding Duke Diggs, Robert S. Cobb, Charles E. Robinson, Sr., Myron Leonard, and Rev. C. B. Johnson to appear in court 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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October 21st 1940

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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November 24th 1939

Subpoena duces tecum in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, commanding Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, to appear on October 21, 1940, with "all correspondence and documents" related to Bluford's applications to the university's graduate program in journalism, as well as the official school course catalogue for 1938 and 1939.

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October 18th 1940

Letter from U.S. District Court Clerk A. L. Arnold to attorneys William S. Hogsett, Nick T. Cave, and Rubey M. Hulen, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, sending a copy of the Notice of Appeal filed by the plaintiff on December 5, 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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December 5th 1940

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, reporting that the plaintiff had filed Notice of Appeal and Appeal Bond on December 5, 1940, and other details on filings 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.

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January 21st 1941

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, reporting that the Notice of Appeal and Appeal bond were received and filed, and copies mailed to the defendant, as well as advice on future filings. 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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December 5th 1940

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, providing notification that the plaintiff notice of appeal on December 5, 1940, as well as other case details. 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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January 21st 1941

Summons in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, ordering defendant Canada to serve to Bluford's attorney Sidney R. Redmond an answer to the complaint within 20 days. The back of the document contains a certification by U.S. Marshal H. L. Dillingham of the delivery of the summons to Canada on November 6, 1939.

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November 4th 1939

List of petit jurors in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, with 32 names, cities and counties of residence, and occupations. All by 12 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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October 22nd 1940

Mandate in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, ordering that the appeal be dismissed. 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 3rd 1941

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.

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October 16th 1940

Subpoena 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 court orders that one of the men appear in court on October 21, 1940, and produce twelve specific editions of the St. Louis Call from 1939 and 1940 as evidence.

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October 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.

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June 1st 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.

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April 21st 1942

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