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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Memorandum on plaintiff's motion for extension of time for filing and designation of transcript of record and statement of errors in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The memo was sent by Judge John C. Collet to Lucile Bluford, her lawyers, and the defense attorneys, regarding the plaintiff's request for an extension in their appeal. Collet decides that their application was made too late and overrules their request.

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January 24th 1941

Motion for extention of time for filing the designation of record, the transcript of record and statement of errors in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Bluford and her attorneys request an extension of 60 days from the date of the original judgement to file documents, including a statment of court errors, in her appeal. She states that her attorney, Charles H. Houston, has been "physically unfit," delaying action on her case.

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January 22nd 1941

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

Letter from attorney Charles H. Houston to the U.S. District Court Clerk in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, providing notice that they are dismissing their appeal in the case, and asking to pay the court costs currently due. Houston also writes that he plans to file a new action on Bluford's behalf.

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March 10th 1941

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, 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 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

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

Complaint for deprivation of plaintiff's civil rights under color of state laws in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The complaint alleges that the the refusal of admission of Bluford to the University of Missouri graduate journalism program by university registrar Canada constited a violation of her civil rights.

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December 13th 1941

Memorandum recounting a meeting with Lucile Bluford as recounted by S. W. Canada, registrar at the University of Missouri. Canada writes that Bluford visited his office the afternoon of February 5, 1941, with another woman, to follow up on her telegram reporting that Lincoln University offered no journalism coursework and thus is not a substite for University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She requests admission to the MU program, and Canada reiterates that he has no authority to offer her admission.

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February 5th 1941

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Leslie Cown, secretary of the MU Board of Curators, and university president Frederick A. Middlebush regarding Lucile Bluford filing suit against Canada in federal court for refusing her admission to the university. Canada reports that he is being sued for $20,000 in damages, and that the suit is an outgrowth of a suti filed by Bluford in the circuit court. Canada also notes that he must answer or plead to the suit within 20 days.

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February 5th 1941

Memo from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to university president Frederick A. Middlebush, forwarding a recounting of an in-person conversation with Lucile Bluford along with other communications from her regarding her attempt to gain admission to the university during the second semester of the 1940/1941 school year. 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 21st 1941

Telegram from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, stating that she feels it is unfair she has to continue to wait to enroll in graduate journalism courses after two years of attempting to gain admission, and reiterating that Lincoln University does not offer such coursework and insisting that MU admit her. 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 11th 1941

Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, frustrated because she has not received a reply to her telegram of February 11. She writes that, while Canada insists he has no authority to admit her to the university, other MU officials report that he is the sole authority on such matters. She reiterates that Lincoln University offers no journalism courses, leading her to demand admission to the University of Missouri, and includes a check for $41.50 to cover student fees for the coming semester.

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February 16th 1941

Telegram from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Lucile Bluford, stating that he replied to her in person at his office the day before, prior to receipt of her telegram, and writes "my oral reply, namely that I have no authority to admit you, answers your communication." 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 6th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Rubey Hulen, forwarding copies of Lucile Bluford's letter of February 16 and her check for student fees, and asking for his advice on his reply. 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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February 19th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Rubey Hulen, forwarding a copy of Lucile Bluford's telegram of February 11, and noting that, on Hulen's advice, he has not replied. 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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February 11th 1941

Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, reporting that she has applied to Lincoln University for graduate work in journalism, but that they offer no journalism courses. She says there will therefore be applying to MU for the semester beginning Friday of that week. She requests he wire her at an address in Jefferson City with permission to enroll. 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 5th 1941

Letter from Board of Curators secretary Leslie Cowan to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, reporting that he is not making mention of his discussion of Lucile Bluford correspondence with the Board of Curators at its February 22 meeting, unless Middlebush thinks he should. He writes, however, that he assumes "no record is to be made." 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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March 11th 1941

Letter from University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada to Lucile Bluford, returning the check she mailed for student fees, as she "cannot be admitted to the Uiversity as heretofore informed." 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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February 19th 1941

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