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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:   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:   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:   Cash Audit

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1939

      Resource type:   reports

      Resource type:   financial records

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        Title:   Geographical Distribution of Kake Walk Tickets Requests

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1968-12-16

        Resource type:   reports

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          Title:   Kake Walk Data

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1963-05-24

          Resource type:   reports

          Emil R. Spees compiled information on committees, judges, programs, receipts, rules, and walkers from 1895 - 1917 issues of The Cynic. He also compiled minutes of the Student Advisory Committee from 1949-1955, and minutes of the Joint Social Activity Board from 1952-1956. Also includes a history of the event and a list of quick facts.

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            Title:   Report on Finance

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1962

            Resource type:   reports

            Resource type:   financial records

            Includes a report on the Assistant Director experience with logistics and planning.

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              Title:   Results of the Kake Walk Opinion Poll

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1969-10-31

              Resource type:   reports

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                Title:   Royalty Campaign and Walking

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1961

                Resource type:   reports

                Gives instructions and advice to the next Assistant Director. Includes floor maps and official rules.

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                  Title:   Suggestions for Future Father-Son-Mother-Daughter Dinners

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1941

                  Resource type:   reports

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                    Title:   Sunrise Hop

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1925

                    Resource type:   reports

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                      Title:   The Responsibilities of the Assistant Publicity Director of Kake Walk

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1969

                      Resource type:   reports

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

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                        Title:   Walking and Royalty Campaign

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1964

                        Resource type:   reports

                        Includes rules, scorecards, maps, and costume information.

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