Fonds 88-003 - Fern Rahmel fonds

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Fern Rahmel fonds

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  • 1944-1975 (Creation)
    Rahmel, Fern

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30.5 cm of textual records

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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 Rahmel died 28 November 2009.

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

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This fonds consists of correspondence, radio scripts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, book reviews and other written records by Fern Rahmel.

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This fonds was donated by Fern A. Rahmel.


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For related records see: 82-004.


Additions to this fonds includes 94-005.

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1: Correspondence with CBC, 1944-49

2: Correspondence with CBC, 1950-60

Radio Scripts: "Child Life in Other Lands" Series:

3: Arabia, 1949

4: Argentina, 1948

5: China, 1949

6: Egypt, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1958

7: Holland, 1947, 1958

8: Iceland, 1948, 1958

9: India, 1958

10: Japan, 1958

11: Mexico, 1948, 1958

12: Norway, 1947, 1949

13: Scotland, 1948

14: Switzerland, 1947, 1949

Radio Scripts: "Queen's of England" Series:

15: Script I: Isabella, Matilda of Flanders, Maud, Margaret, Elizabeth

16: Script II: Elizabeth 1

17: Script III: Mary 11, Charlotte

18: Script IV: Victoria

Radio Scripts: "The Story of Travel and Communications" Series:

19: "We Visit an Early Printing Shop" 1950

20: "We Visit a Temple in Early Egypt" 1950

Radio Scripts: "Fairy Tales and Other Children's Stories"

21: Beauty and the Beast, 1951

22: The Black Arrow

23: Boots and His Brothers, 1947

24: Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby, 1950

25: Cap O'Rushes, 1950

26: The Carnal and the Crane, 1945

27: The Carnal and the Crane/The Saga of Grettis the Strong, 1945

28: In Desert and Wilderness, 1945

29: Dick Whittington, 1946

30: Draketail, 1949

31: Edmonton: Gateway to the North, 1945

32: The Elves and the Shoemaker, 1950

33: Fairy Foot, 1946

34: The Frog Prince, 1950

35: The Golden Pears, 1947

36: The Golden Touch, 1946

37: Jack and the Beanstalk, 1947

38: The Lad and the North Wind, 1946

39: The Lion and the Mouse, 1951

40: Little Black Sambo, 1950

41: Little Red Riding Hood, 1951

42: Little Two Eyes, 1947

43: Mother Hulda, 1946

44: The Pied Piper, 1949

45: Rebel on the Trail, 1953

46: The Ship That Flew, 1944

47: The Three Bears, 1949

48: Three Billy Goats Gruff, 1950

49: The Three Giants, 1946

50: Three Little Pigs, 1949

51: Thumbelina, 1949

52: Tom Thumb, 1953

53: Three Heads of the Well, 1947

54: The Ugly Duckling, 1948

Book Reviews:

55: Saturday Night, 1953-56

56: Saturday Night, 1957

57: Saturday Night, 1958


58: Correspondence with Robertson Davies regarding book reviews; receipts from consolidated press.

Other Writings:

59: "Written Composition in Grade V"

Book review The Canadian Forum, August 7, 1963

"Theatre in Peterborough" article and research notes

"Women in Education in Peterborough" article, 1975

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