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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 Office Thank You

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1942

Resource type:   correspondence

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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:   Bulletin of the University of Vermont Supplement

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1955-12-31

        Resource type:   serials (publications)

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          Title:   Fraternity Stunts This Year

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1935-02

          Resource type:   records (documents)

          Resource type:   announcements

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            Title:   Kake Walk Committee and Secretary

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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              Title:   Kake Walk Committee with Publicity Materials

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                Title:   Kake Walk Committee with Scrapbook

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                  Title:   Kake Walk Committee with Scrapbooks

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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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 Publicity

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                          Title:   President's Explanation of the Discontinuation of Kake Walk

                          Creator:  Rowell, Lyman S.

                          Date:  1969-11-17

                          Resource type:   correspondence

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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:   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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