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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 Stunts This Year

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1935-02

Resource type:   records (documents)

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    Title:   Geographical Distribution of Kake Walk Tickets Requests

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1968-12-16

    Resource type:   reports

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      Title:   Greek and Panhellenic Vote Opposing Kake Walk Revival

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1977-02-24

      Resource type:   correspondence

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        Title:   High School Recruitment

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1921-01-28

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          Title:   High School Recruitment

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1922-02-02

          Resource type:   correspondence

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            Title:   High School Recruitment

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1922-02-02

            Resource type:   correspondence

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              Title:   Kake Walk Background

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1978

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Urges the University to "clearly and publicly" oppose the return of Kake Walk.

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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

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                    Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1968-11-08

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                      Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1968-11-14

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                        Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1969-01-30

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                          Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1969-02-20

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                            Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1969-04-03

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                              Title:   Kake Walk Opinion Poll Press Release

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1969-10-28

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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

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                                    Title:   Kake Walk Program

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Date:  1909

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                                      Title:   Kake Walk Program

                                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                                      Date:  1913

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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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