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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:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

Creator:  University of Vermont

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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    Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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      Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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        Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        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 Skit

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1967

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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              Title:   Kake Walk Skit

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1968

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                Title:   Kake Walk Skit

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1968

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                  Title:   Kake Walkers

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1927

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                    Title:   Kake Walkers before Audience

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1935

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                      Title:   Winning Kake Walkers

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1922

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                        Title:   Winning Kake Walkers

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1902; 1916

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                          Title:   Winning Peerade Entry

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          Winning Peerade Entry, representing Sigma Nu fraternity in 32nd Annual Kake Walk at University of Vermont, shows Ma and Pa hauling spendthrift sonny through college on top of University Fountain.

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