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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:   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:   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:   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:   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 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:   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 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:   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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