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Praecipe for subpoena in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, requesting that a subpoena be issued on behalf of the plaintiff for Lincoln University president Sherman D. Scruggs to produce the minutes of all Board of Curators and executive committee meetings since 1936, and all correspondence between the university and Lincoln University regarding a journalism program. A request is also made for a subpoena to be issued to Miss G. A. Wadkins, business officer of the university, to produce all books showing the university budget and expenditures for the prior two years.

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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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Clipping from the January 1, 1940 edition of the Columbia (Mo.) Star, reporting the dismissal of a case filed by Lloyd Gaines in an attempt to gain admission to the University of Missouri Law School, due to the inability of Gaines' attorneys to locate their client for the prior ten months. Gaines, whose initial suit reached the U.S. Supreme Court, led to the establishment of a law school at Lincoln University, disappeared in March, 1939, and was never seen or heard from again.

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Clipping from an unknown newspaper reporting that Lucile Bluford has filed an amended complaint to her suit against S.W. Canada, registrar of the University of Missouri, wherein she claimed $20,000 in damages and argued that the university's rejection of her application to their journalism program was a violation of her civil rights. The article notes that Judge John C.

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Defendant's requested instructions to the jury in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Instructions include statements that Missouri law mandates "separate but equal" educational facilities, that Lincoln University is mandated to provide a journalism program "upon timely request of any qualified negro resident," that "there is no evidence that plaintiff applied to Lincoln University for graduate work," and other arguments in the case.

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Motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

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Amendment to complaint in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The plaintiff's attorneys amend Bluford's original complaint by adding text to provide that Bluford knew that Lincoln University did not offer graduate or undergraduate work in journalism. 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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Amendment to amended second complaint in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

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Answer in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense attorneys response to the amended second count of the plaintiff's complaint, in which they argue that the plaintiff "fails to state a claim against defendant upon which relief can be granted," that Canada denies he was an "officer" of the University of Missouri, and also denies that he accepted Bluford to the university. They also assert that Canada had no right or ability to register Bluford as an MU student under Missouri law, among other points of argument.

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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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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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Civil subpoena issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Rashey B. Moten of Lincoln University. He 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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