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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:   A New Face

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1965

Resource type:   announcements

This document announces the switch to dark green makeup after one year of light green.

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    Title:   Age and Geographical Distribution of 1968 Kake Walk Tickets

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1968-12-23

    Resource type:   reports

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      Title:   Alumni Notes Copy

      Creator:  Rowell, Lyman S.

      Date:  1950-12-08

      Resource type:   correspondence

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        Title:   Alumni Office Thank You

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1942

        Resource type:   correspondence

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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:   Alumni Support for Winter Weekend

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1970-10-22

            Resource type:   correspondence

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              Title:   Alumni Ticket Denials

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1968-02-07

              Resource type:   correspondence

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                Title:   Alumni Ticket Revenues

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1966-02-18

                Resource type:   financial records

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                  Title:   Alumni Ticket Sale

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1967-02-20

                  Resource type:   financial records

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                    Title:   Alumni Ticket Sales

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1921-02-03

                    Resource type:   correspondence

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                      Title:   Alumni Ticket Sales

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1922-02-04

                      Resource type:   correspondence

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                        Title:   Alumni Ticket Tallies

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1961

                        Resource type:   records (documents)

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                          Title:   Assistant Director of Publicity Annual Report

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1966

                          Resource type:   reports

                          Gives instructions and advice to the next Assistant Director. Includes a list of advertisers.

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                            Title:   Banquet for the Fathers and Mothers of Vermont Students

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1938-02-08

                            Resource type:   correspondence

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                              Title:   Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk

                              Creator:  Loewen, James W.

                              Date:  1991

                              Resource type:   chapters (layout features)

                              At the time of this digital collection launch, this chapter is the only known scholarly piece on UVM's Kake Walk. James Loewen was a professor of sociology at the University of Vermont. This chapter was published in a book commemorating the university's bicentennial: Loewen, James. "Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk." The University of Vermont: The First Two Hundred Years. Sr. ed. Robert V. Daniels. Hanover, NH / University of Vermont : Distributed by University Press of New England / University of Vermont, 1991.

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                                Title:   Bulletin of the University of Vermont Supplement

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Date:  1955-12-31

                                Resource type:   serials (publications)

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                                  Title:   Cash Audit

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                  Date:  1930-06-18

                                  Resource type:   financial records

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                                    Title:   Cash Audit

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Date:  1939

                                    Resource type:   reports

                                    Resource type:   financial records

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                                      Title:   Entertainment of Sub-Freshman

                                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                                      Date:  1925-03-22; 1926-01-25

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

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                                        Title:   Faculty Invitation to Fathers' and Mothers' Banquet

                                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                                        Date:  1937-02-08

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

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                                          Title:   Father-Son-Mother-Daughter Banquet Program

                                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                                          Date:  1940-02-24

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

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                                            Title:   Fathers' and Mothers' Banquet Invitation

                                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                                            Date:  1938-01-29

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

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                                              Title:   Film Festival Financial Estimate

                                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                                              Date:  1970

                                              Resource type:   financial records

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                                                Title:   Financial Reports and Other Records

                                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                Date:  1968-1974

                                                Resource type:   financial records

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                                                  Title:   Fraternity Open House Request

                                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                  Date:  1938-01-03

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

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