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Kake Walk at UVM

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The Kake Walk at UVM collection documents a former University of Vermont event that is for some a hallowed tradition and for others overt racism. The terminated competition, which was the highlight of the campus social calendar for over eighty years, featured fraternity brothers in blackface and kinky wigs dancing to the tune of "Cotton Babes."

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Time Period Covered: 1896 - 2004 

Source Document: University Archives, Record Group 53: Fraternities and Sororities, Series: Kake Walk 

Published:  May 29, 2010,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

Rights:  http://cdi.uvm.edu/about/rights


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Title:   Alumni Scheduled Events

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1939-01-28

Resource type:   correspondence

Includes a schedule of all Winter Carnival weekend events.

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    Title:   Kake Walk Program

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1898

    Resource type:   programs (documents)

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      Title:   Kake Walk Program

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1940

      Resource type:   programs (documents)

      Back cover missing

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        Title:   Kake Walk Program

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1949

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          Title:   Kake Walk Program

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1950

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            Title:   Kake Walk Program

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1957

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              Title:   Kake Walk Program

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1958

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                Title:   Kake Walk Program

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1963

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                  Title:   Kake Walk Program

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1965

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                    Title:   Kake Walk Program

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1969

                    Resource type:   programs (documents)

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                      Title:   Outing Club High School Recruitment

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1922

                      Resource type:   correspondence

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                        Title:   Outing Club High School Recruitment

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1922

                        Resource type:   correspondence

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                          Title:   Outing Club High School Recruitment

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1922

                          Resource type:   correspondence

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                            Title:   Outing Club Winter Carnival Events

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1921

                            Resource type:   records (documents)

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                              Title:   Schedule for Alumni

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1961-02-16

                              Resource type:   announcements

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                                Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Date:  1923-02-24

                                Resource type:   newspapers

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                                  Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                  Date:  1929

                                  Resource type:   newspapers

                                  Pages 3-6 missing

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                                    Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Date:  1948-02-20

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                                      Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                                      Date:  1951-03-01

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                                        Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                                        Date:  1954-02-19

                                        Resource type:   newspapers

                                        Includes a front page editorial calling for the end of blackface.

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                                          Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                                          Date:  1956-02-17

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                                            Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                                            Date:  1958-02-22

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                                              Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                                              Date:  1964-02-21

                                              Resource type:   newspapers

                                              This issue explores blackface, which had been recently banned, and documents the history of early opposition to Kake Walk.

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                                                Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                Date:  1965-02-26

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                                                  Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                  Date:  1968-02-14

                                                  Resource type:   newspapers

                                                  Includes editorials criticizing Pops Night.

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