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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:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1969-11-05

Resource type:   correspondence

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    Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1969-10-23

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      Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1969-11-07

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        Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1969-11-11

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          Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1969-10-29

          Resource type:   correspondence

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            Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk and In-State Student Ratio

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1969-11-05

            Resource type:   correspondence

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              Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk and In-State Student Ratio

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1969-11-10

              Resource type:   correspondence

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                Title:   Response to October Issue of Commentary

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1969-11-16

                Resource type:   correspondence

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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:   Room Engagements and Janitorial Service

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1961-02-02

                    Resource type:   records (documents)

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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:   Scene from "Shooting of Dan McGrew" as staged by Zeta Chi Fraternity

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1921

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                          Title:   Schedule for Alumni

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1961-02-16

                          Resource type:   announcements

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                            Title:   Sigma Nu Souvenir Mug

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1955

                            Resource type:   cups

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                              Title:   Sigma Phi Stunt Night Skit

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                                Title:   Singers in front of Kake Walk Audience

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                                  Title:   Sorority Stunt Night Skit

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                                    Title:   Sorority Stunt Night Skit

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                                      Title:   Springfield Alumni Visit

                                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                                      Date:  1969-11-10

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

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                                        Title:   Statement by 1970 Kake Walk Committee

                                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                                        Date:  1969

                                        Resource type:   announcements

                                        This document announces the elimination of blackface and wigs from the next walk, but Kake Walk was abolished entirely before the 1970 Winter Carnival.

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                                          Title:   Statements by the Kake Walk Directors and President Rowell

                                          Creator:  University of Vermont; Rowell, Lyman S.

                                          Date:  1969-10-31

                                          Resource type:   announcements

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                                            Title:   Sub Freshman Tag

                                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                                            Date:  1922

                                            Resource type:   tags

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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:   Supplied Burlington Chamber of Commerce

                                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                  Date:  1955-11-29

                                                  Resource type:   announcements

                                                  This document mentions "Wide, Wide World," a Sunday afternoon television program (aired 1956 - 1958) which broadcast events in North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

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