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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:   Alumni Notes Copy

Creator:  Rowell, Lyman S.

Date:  1950-12-08

Resource type:   correspondence

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    Title:   Kake Walk Committee with Publicity Materials

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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      Title:   Kake Walk Committee with Scrapbooks

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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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 Poster Contest

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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            Title:   Kake Walk Poster Contest

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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              Title:   Kake Walk Poster Contest

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1969

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                Title:   Kake Walk Poster Contest

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1961

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                  Title:   Kake Walk Publicity

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                    Title:   Kake Walk Publicity

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                      Title:   Kake Walk Secretary

                      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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