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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 oldestof 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 thePeterborough Board of Education at King Edward and Queen AlexandraPublic Schools, and was also associated with the Normal Schoolas a practice and critic teacher. A tobogganing accident confinedher to bed for a considerable time, during which she began extramuralstudies through Queen's University, eventually going to Kingstonto complete an Honours B.A. in English and history. Subsequentlyshe finished her M.A. She joined the staff of the PeterboroughCollegiate and Vocational School where she taught history untilher retirement. She was an excellent and inspiring teacher anda public-spirited citizen. She was a member of the original committeeset up to study the feasibility of the establishment of TrentUniversity. (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 donorfile, Trent University Archives).

Custodial History

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

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a "School ExerciseBook" which contains a handwritten biographical sketch ofMiss Burgess' "First School", undoubtedly written tobe read to the members of the Shakespeare Club at one of theirmonthly meetings. The 31 loose sheets consist of poems and versewritten 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 amongthe minute books of the Shakespeare Club, a small study groupwhich has been flourishing in Peterborough for over 80 years.While the material is not identified, the members agree that theywere written by Miss Verna Burgess, a former member of the Club..."(Taken from a typewritten note by Fern A. Rahmel, which accompaniedthe fonds. The note is now in the Rahmel donor file, Trent UniversityArchives).

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