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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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

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

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 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

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

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

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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April 6th 1940
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