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Accession Number: 98-006


Fern Rahmel collection. -- 1965-1997. -- 6 cm of textual materials.

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 collection was in the custody of Fern Rahmel before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of issues of the Canadian Rose Annual, The Rosarian, and The Canadian Rose Book.


Title based on the creator of the collection.

This collection was donated by Fern Rahmel.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Finding Aid

Box 1

The Rosarian

1977 (spring, summer)

1982 (summer)

1984 (fall)

1985 (spring, summer, fall)

1986 (fall)

1990 (spring, summer, fall)

1991 (same)

1992 (spring)

Canadian Rosarian

1992 (summer, autumn)

1993 (spring, summer, autumn)

1994 (same)

1995 (same)

1996 (same)

1997 (summer, autumn)

The Canadian Rose Annual

1965; 1975; 1982; 1983; 1985 - 1997

American Rose Annual 1986

The Canadian Rose Book

Guidelines for Judging Roses

Horticultural Judging Standards

Colour Classification of Garden Roses

Additional materials added annually: Canadian Rosarian, Canadian Rose Annual, newsletters of the Canadian Peony Society.