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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:   Alpha Delta Pi's Sweater Girls present Sarah

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1958

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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    Title:   Alumni Scheduled Events

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1939-01-28

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Includes a schedule of all Winter Carnival weekend events.

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      Title:   Assistant Director of Publicity Annual Report

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1966

      Resource type:   reports

      Gives instructions and advice to the next Assistant Director. Includes a list of advertisers.

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        Title:   Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk

        Creator:  Loewen, James W.

        Date:  1991

        Resource type:   chapters (layout features)

        At the time of this digital collection launch, this chapter is the only known scholarly piece on UVM's Kake Walk. James Loewen was a professor of sociology at the University of Vermont. This chapter was published in a book commemorating the university's bicentennial: Loewen, James. "Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk." The University of Vermont: The First Two Hundred Years. Sr. ed. Robert V. Daniels. Hanover, NH / University of Vermont : Distributed by University Press of New England / University of Vermont, 1991.

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          Title:   Fraternity Open House Request

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1938-01-03

          Resource type:   correspondence

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            Title:   Fraternity Peerade Stunt

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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              Title:   Fraternity Peerade Stunt

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              "Old Ironsides," Winning "Peerade" stunt in 31st Annual Kake Walk at University of Vermont, entered by Delta Psi fraternity.

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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

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                        Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

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                          Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

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                            Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

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                              Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

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                                Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

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                                  Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

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                                    Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

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                                      Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                                      Creator:  University of Vermont

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                                        Title:   Fraternity Stunts This Year

                                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                                        Date:  1935-02

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                                        Resource type:   announcements

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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:   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

                                              Resource type:   records (documents)

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                                                Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

                                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                Date:  1968-11-08

                                                Resource type:   records (documents)

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                                                  Title:   Kake Walk Minutes

                                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                  Date:  1968-11-14

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