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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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 ...

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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.

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March 20th 1940

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.

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November 24th 1939

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.

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October 24th 1940

Letter from attorney Ralph E. Murray to Judge John C. Collet, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, requesting a continuance on behalf of the attorneys of both the plaintiff and defendant in the hearing of the motion to dismiss 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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December 26th 1939

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, to submit the defendant's motion to dismiss. 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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November 22nd 1939

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, notifying the court of his intention, along with Senator Nick T. Cave, to represent the defendant, and to file a motion to dismiss 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.

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November 15th 1939

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.

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January 18th 1941

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.

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June 18th 1940

Letter from defense attorney Ralph E. Murray to Judge John C. Collet regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, enclosing the reply brief from the defendant on the motion to dismiss 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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March 19th 1940

Letter from defense attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, enclosing the defendant's motion to dismiss 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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April 19th 1940

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.

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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.

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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.

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January 28th 1942

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, regarding the issue of whether or not Lucile Bluford's application to the university was ever dealt with by the university's Board of Curators.

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October 6th 1939

Letter from William Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, John H. Lathrop, and Lee-Carl overstreet, enclosing a copy of Judge John C. Collet's opinion of April 6 in Lucile Bluford's suit against the university. 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.

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April 9th 1940

Letter from William Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush regarding the Bluford vs. Canada trial. Hogsett gives thanks to Lee-Carl Overstreet, S. W. Canada, and Dean Martin for their assistance in the trial, abnd notes that their case has been submitted to the circuit court and they should expect a decision shortly. 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.

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February 13th 1940

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.

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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.

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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.

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July 9th 1941

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