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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:   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:   The University of Vermont Alumni Magazine

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1959-01

    Resource type:   serials (publications)

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      Title:   The Vermont Alumni News

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1949-04

      Resource type:   serials (publications)

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        Title:   The Vermont Cynic

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1923-02-24

        Resource type:   newspapers

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          Title:   The Vermont Cynic

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1929

          Resource type:   newspapers

          Pages 3-6 missing

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            Title:   The Vermont Cynic

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1944-03-17

            Resource type:   newspapers

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              Title:   The Vermont Cynic

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1948-02-20

              Resource type:   newspapers

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                Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1951-03-01

                Resource type:   newspapers

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                  Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1954-02-19

                  Resource type:   newspapers

                  Includes a front page editorial calling for the end of blackface.

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                    Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1956-02-17

                    Resource type:   newspapers

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                      Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1958-02-22

                      Resource type:   newspapers

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                        Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1964-02-21

                        Resource type:   newspapers

                        This issue explores blackface, which had been recently banned, and documents the history of early opposition to Kake Walk.

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                          Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1965-02-26

                          Resource type:   newspapers

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                            Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1968-02-14

                            Resource type:   newspapers

                            Includes editorials criticizing Pops Night.

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                              Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1969-02-14

                              Resource type:   newspapers

                              Includes and announcement about a Black Literature course to be taught in the English department.

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                                Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Date:  1969-10-31

                                Resource type:   newspapers

                                Includes the results of the student opinion poll on Kake Walk and announces the decision to replace Kake Walk with a film festival.

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                                  Title:   To Parents and Alumni

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                  Date:  1943

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

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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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                                      Title:   Winning Fraternity Stunt Skit

                                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      "A Transformatory Phantasmagoria," where human beings were made over, winning fraternity stunt, staged by Phi Delta Theta, at the 31st Annual Kake Walk, University of Vermont

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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:  1933

                                          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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                                                Title:   Winter Music and Film Festival Program

                                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                Date:  1970

                                                Resource type:   programs (documents)

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                                                  Title:   With Kake In Hand

                                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                  Date:  2004-02-24

                                                  Resource type:   newspapers

                                                  Nicholas Rahaim's article in the The Cynic discusses racism and Kake Walk.

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