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Accession Number: 97-1007


Verna Burgess fonds. -- [191-?]-[198-?].-- 1 cm of textual records.


Biography / History

Verna Burgess was the daughter of Dr. John Burgess and Emma Burgess and was the second oldest of four daughters. Her father operated a drug store and had a medical practice in Lakefield and the girls received their early schooling there, coming to Peterborough to finish high school, and in Verna's case, to attend the Peterborough Normal School. Burgess taught for the Peterborough Board of Education at King Edward and Queen Alexandra Public Schools, and was also associated with the Normal School as a practice and critic teacher. A tobogganing accident confined her to bed for a considerable time, during which she began extramural studies through Queen's University, eventually going to Kingston to complete an Honours B.A. in English and History. Subsequently she finished her M.A. She joined the staff of the Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School where she taught history until her retirement. She was an excellent and inspiring teacher and a public-spirited citizen. She was a member of the original committee set up to study the feasibility of the establishment of Trent University. (Taken from a typewritten note by Fern A. Rahmel, which accompanied the fonds, and from information supplied by Gordon Young. The Rahmel note is located in the Rahmel donor file, Trent University Archives).


Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Dr. Fern Rahmel before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 1994.


Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a "School Exercise Book" which contains a handwritten biographical sketch of Miss Burgess' "First School", undoubtedly written to be read to the members of the Shakespeare Club at one of their monthly meetings. The 31 loose sheets consist of poems and verse written by Burgess over the years as inspiration or occasion presented.



Title based on the contents of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Dr. Fern A. Rahmel.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 84-012

"This notebook and verses were among the minute books of the Shakespeare Club, a small study group which has been flourishing in Peterborough for over 80 years.While the material is not identified, the members agree that they were written by Miss Verna Burgess, a former member of the Club..."(Taken from a typewritten note by Fern A. Rahmel, which accompanied the fonds. The note is now in the Rahmel donor file, Trent UniversityArchives).