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Accession Number: 94-005


Fern Rahmel fonds. Additions. -- 1930-1994. -- 5 cm of textual records. -- 1 audio cassette.

Biography / History

Fern Alma Rahmel was born in Peterborough in 1914. She attended Peterborough Normal School in 1932-1933 and was editor of the 1932-1933 year book. She taught in elementary and later secondary schools. In 1970 she had been a Peterborough teacher for 20 years with the English Department of the Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School (PCVS). She was Department Head before she retired. She was also assistant to Gwyn Kinsey, editor of "Saturday Night". She was an active participant in theatre and writing. Fern aided Robertson Davies in research while he was editor of the Peterborough Examiner. She wrote children's educational radio plays for CBC. In the 1970 Spring Convocation, Trent University awarded her a honorary Doctor of Laws degree. She was a sustaining member of the Friends of the Bata Library and had been since its inception. She gave talks to the Peterborough Historical Society and published an occasional paper on F.M. de la Fosse, Peterborough's first librarian. Fern died Nov. 28, 2009.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Fern Rahmel before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of materials relating to F.M. de la Fosse which includes research notes compiled by Fern Rahmel, a taped lecture by Rahmel and miscellaneous correspondence as well as an annotated manuscript for "Young Bloods" by F.M. de la Fosse.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Fern Rahmel.

Restrictions: The de la Fosse manuscript is fragile. Not to be photocopied.

Finding aids: Y

This fonds is an addition to 88-003.

For related records see: 89-1041 and 92-1007.

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Box 1


1: Correspondence and Research Notes 1988-94 - correspondence between Dr. Rahmel and Delafosse family - research notes on F.M. Delafosse including copies of articles from Peterborough Examiner and Muskoka Sun - F.M. Delafosse: an introduction by Dr. Rahmel - cassette tape of talk given by Dr. Rahmel to Friends of the Bata Library April 23, 1992

2: F.M. Delafosse- Materials 1930-48 - poem Princess Elizabeth, signed copy, 1948 - copy of letter from Princess Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting - lyrics to song about F.M. Delafosse by Mrs. Fairbain Smith - annotated manuscript English Bloods  by F. M. Delafosse