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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:   Kake Walk Program

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1963

Resource type:   programs (documents)

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    Title:   Kake Walk Program

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1965

    Resource type:   programs (documents)

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      Title:   Kake Walk Program

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1969

      Resource type:   programs (documents)

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        Title:   Kake Walk Second Place Winners

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1952; 1958

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          Title:   Kake Walk Trophy

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1961

          Resource type:   trophies (objects)

          Awarded to Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE)

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            Title:   Kake Walk Winners

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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              Title:   Kake Walk: A Troubled Memory Lane

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1977-10-27

              Resource type:   newspapers

              Kimberly Honza's article in The Cynic discusses efforts to reinstate Kake Walk and the likelihood of doing so.

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                Title:   Kake Walkers

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1916; 1930

                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

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    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:   Kake Walkers under Flag

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1963; 1969

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                          Title:   Kappa Sigma Souvenir Jug

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1965

                          Resource type:   jugs (vessels)

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                            Title:   Library Exhibit Materials

                            Creator:  Gallagher, Connell B.

                            Date:  2004

                            Resource type:   visitors' books

                            Resource type:   labels (identifying artifacts)

                            In 2004, UVM's Bailey/Howe library held an exhibit entitled "UVM's Past: The Legacy of Kake Walk." Exhibit materials archived at UVM are presented here: draft exhibit labels, copied and redacted primary sources which may have been used in display cases, and a notebook containing visitor comments (starting on page 46).

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                              Title:   Minstrel Show Records

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1896

                              Resource type:   financial records

                              Resource type:   programs (documents)

                              Includes the 1896 program.

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                                Title:   Practicing Kake Walker

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Date:  1963; 1969

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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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:   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:   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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                                        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 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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