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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:   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:   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:   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:   Kake Walk History

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1967-12-12

          Resource type:   records (documents)

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            Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1969-02-20

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              Title:   Kake Walk Performer

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1900; 1916

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                Title:   Kake Walk Performers

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1948

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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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:  1907

                    Resource type:   programs (documents)

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                      Title:   Kake Walk Program

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1909

                      Resource type:   programs (documents)

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                        Title:   Kake Walk Program

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1913

                        Resource type:   programs (documents)

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                          Title:   Kake Walk Program

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1916

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                            Title:   Kake Walk Program

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1922

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                              Title:   Kake Walk Program

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1924

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                                Title:   Kake Walk Program

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Date:  1916

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                                  Title:   Kake Walk Program

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                  Date:  1935

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                                    Title:   Kake Walk Program

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Date:  1916

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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:  1945

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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:  1951

                                              Resource type:   programs (documents)

                                              This program includes Vermont tourist information for visiting out-of-towners.

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                                                Title:   Kake Walk Program

                                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                Date:  1957

                                                Resource type:   programs (documents)

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                                                  Title:   Kake Walk Program

                                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                  Date:  1958

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