The Original Rockefeller Hall

[Rockefeller Hall]

History

Built in 1897, Rockefeller Hall was named for John D. Rockefeller Sr, a benefactor of the College. It burned down in December 1922 just before the start of Christmas vacation. Until a new dormitory was built, the Blanchard gymnasium was turned into temporary student quarters.

The Images

All cards are available with both front and back scans, and comments about what is written on the front or back, either by the user or by the publisher, are included below.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mount Holyoke College., South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, unused, stamp box. Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass.

P9087 Rockefeller Hall
front "P9087 Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass." "Photo Underwood & Underwood, NY"
back Divided back, unused, stamp box. Obviously glued into an album!

Rockefeller Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College ROCKEFELLER HALL So. Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "S. Hadly [sic] Thur. A. M. Dear Sisters, - Arrived safely after much delay about 9. last night. Found your letter waiting. How is your ear? Eunice came yesterday about 4 and had her trunk all unpacked when I came. Must go to chapel. Lovingly Nettie"
back Private mailing card, undivided back, postmarked Jan 7, 1904 10am in South Hadley. Transit mark Jan 7, 1904 8pm in Johnstown, NY.

35 Rockefeller Hall
front "35 Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Undivided back, unused, stamp box. Looks like it was in an album at some point, since the corners are sunned.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "We arrived here safely yesterday afternoon. Am in the midst of work again. Mamma's letter was forwarded from Cornwall. We were glad to receive that as well as the postal. Next Wednesday Marion and I expect to go to Springfield and I will look for samples will write later in the week. The campus is beginning to look green. Hope you are all well. That style will do for any d[...]ity won't it? With love Mabel Thur. [...].M."
back Undivided back, postmarked Apr 12, 1906 5pm in South Hadley. Transit marks Apr 13, 1906 9pm in Cincinnati OH and Apr 14, 1906 7am in Cincinnati OH.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "This is my present home."
back Divided back, postmarked May 24, 1909 5pm in South Hadley. Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass. #A 4853 Made in Germany. "I don't suppose you are off the drive yet but will risk this finding you. Did the ice water plunges prove good for your health? I suppose you are beginning to think of haying time again as a distant possibility. We have only three weeks more here and then I am back to good old Maine. M. F. S."

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, Holyoke, Mass." Identifying the College as located in Holyoke seems to have been a common mistake; this happened on other cards, too.
back Undivided back, unused, stamp box. 5127 Ill. Post Card Co., NY

764 Rockefeller Hall
front "764 ROCKEFELLER HALL, Mt. Holyoke College, Holyoke, Mass. ILL. P. CARD CO., 118 Chambers St., N. Y." Handcolored.
back Undivided back, unused, stamp box.

11693 Rockefeller Hall
front "11693 Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." In top right corner, "Copyright, 1908 by Detroit Publishing Co." Window two floors above the entrance is marked in ink.
back Divided back, postmarked Feb 15, 1910 5pm in South Hadley. A Phostint card. "February 15, 1910 Have marked Wilma's room - it is so pretty - wish you could see it. Arrived yesterday - Wilma met me at Springfield - the girls are all lovely to me. Sincerely, Helen H. Mayberry."

764 Rockefeller Hall
front "764 Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." "PUBL. BY ILL. POST. CARD CO., NEW YORK" Decorated with glitter.
back Undivided back, unused, stamp box.

Rockefeller Hall
front"Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass." Penned rectangle on third floor to the viewer's left of the front porch. Inscription: "March 7 - '05. Dear Alice: I thought you might like to know where I live, now that I am in So. Hadley instead of Walpole. Well - right up there where I have drawn the rectangle - Two rooms there are. Come and see me again when I get home, three weeks from today, won't you? Write me please too. I like to hear from you. Love from Madalene"
back Undivided back. Postmarked Mar 8, 1905 7am in South Hadley(?). Transit marks Mar 8, 1905 8am in Holyoke, MA and Mar 8, 1905 4:30pm in Walpole, MA.
[In the book!]

764 Rockefeller Hall
front"764 Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, Holyoke, Mass." Ill. P. Card Co., 118 Chambers St., N. Y.
backUndivided back, stamp box. Unused.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College. South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "Will write tomorrow night. Box has just come - It is great. Everything just what I wanted - having glorious time. Every girl has a box and we are stuffing. Hope you and Edith will have happy Thanksgiving H. G. M."
back Undivided back, postmarked Nov 30, 1905 10am in South Hadley(?). Illegible transit mark in Lawrence, MA. #2553 Published by The Rochester News Comp., Rochester, N. Y., USA-Leipzig-Berlin.
[In the book!]

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Apr 26, 1913 10am in South Hadley, but not addressed. So I wonder if it ever got to Woodie! Inscription:
"1. You have no idea how much I miss your fairy footsteps. B. H. P.
2. It is your turn to be opposite & I'm doing the s... for you - you bad girl (Jud)
Fish, fish, Lucky to miss it. A. P. H.
I hope it is cooler there than here. R.D.
Please bring a sample moonshine back with you. D. J.
I sampled some today!! M. L.
Only room for my name - Charlotte
New kind of dessert to-day Monday
Howdy Woody! You could have been opposite me all week. Miss Sleeper misses you D. D.
Me too Grace.
Hello Woodie, we're wondering when you are coming back. J. M.
We're having dessert I hope you haven't deserted us. W. C.
[In the book!]

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, So. Hadley, Mass." #3381 Published by C. A. Gridley & Son. Leftmost window in tallest tower is marked with an X. Inscription: "X is my room. I room alone this year."
back Divided back, postmarked Sep 26, 1910 7am in South Hadley. N. E. Paper & Stationery Co. Mfrs. Ayer, Mass. "How goes it with you these days? How do you like college life? Sincerely Lou P."

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Undivided back, stamp box. Published by Blanchard, Young & Co., Providence, R. I., USA and Germany. Unused.

Rockefeller Hall
front Inscription under a lovely real photo: "Rockefeller Hall. Mt. Holyoke College."
back Divided back, postmarked Feb 17, 1909(?) 7pm in Worcester, MA. "Thank you much for the postals. The piazza group is pretty good. Wish I could invite you all here for Feb. 22 - but I have no maid now - and am having a bad cold now. so will have to postpone it. Am sorry. Mrs. F. W. Foyt"

Rockefeller Hall and Campus
front "Rockefeller Hall and Campus, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." Mary Lyon and Brigham visible in background.
back Divided back, stamp box. C. A. Gridley & Son, #1104. Printed in Germany. Postally unused, but inscribed: "Where Dot is"

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, stamp box, addressed but never mailed. #7986 Published by The American News Company New York, Leipzig, Dresden. Polychrome.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "This is the building and lawn that my little upstairs porch overlooks and" (a word is crossed out and the word "Mother" is written over it) the author
back Undivided back. Postmarked Sep 22, 1905 7:30pm in Holyoke, MA, with a transit mark on Sep 23 9am in Plainfield, NJ. Flag cancel.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley. Mass." Inscription: "Tonsilitis is pretty well over now."
back Undivided back, postmarked Feb 24, 1910, 12midnight in South Hadley. Inscription: "Well we've been so busy here. I haven't had time to write this week. Am feeling grand now. Was a little tired, because we had so much to do. But that wonderful Junior Prom is over now. It was the grandest sight I ever saw; how I wish all the folks could have been, but it was nice that Lottie could see it. Have started in on the old work again this morning the weather is grand up here now and everything looks so beautiful Will write later. Love Rebecca."
[In the book!]

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley. Mass." Inscription: "I hear you are making a collection of souviner [sic] postcards here is one to help the good cause along will send a comic one later I expect to come home next week some time May F. B. Hogan. Box 348"
back Undivided back, postmarked Sep 12, 1905 5:15pm in Holyoke, Mass. Transit mark from Fitchburg, Mass practically illegible due to placement almost exactly on the Holyoke mark. Flag cancel.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, So. Hadley, Mass." #3381 Published by C. A. Gridley & Son. Inscription: "This is one of the newest dormitories. I am soon going to answer your very long letter."
back Divided back, postmarked Sep 2?, 19?? in South [Hadley?], Mass. N. E. Paper & Stationery Co. Mfrs. Ayer, Mass. "My address is Mt. H. C. (you understand) So. Hadley Box 404. Chapel began this morning and recitations begin to-morrow. This evening Catharine Babcock gives a spread at 9.00 P.M. & I am invited. Saturday I am going to the Y. W. C. A. reception with Chuck. love to all Dot."
[In the book!]

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Oct 2, 1911 12:30pm in South Hadley. #6074 Published by A. S. Kinney, So. Hadley, Mass. Made in Germany. An Excelsior card. "Dear Aunt Hattie:- I am all settled here and hard at work. I like everything and everybody very much. Am going to try to write a letter before long and tell you all about the college. Love to all the folks. Your niece, Ruth. Mt. Holyoke College, Box 554."
[In the book!]

11693 Rockefeller Hall
front "11693 Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." In top right corner, "Copyright, 1908 by Detroit Publishing Co."
back Divided back, postmarked Oct 1, 1919 7am in South Hadley. A Phostint card. "This is a picture of the Hall in which I live. My room is out back somewhere. Am very busy studying, but wish I could see the bunch once in a while too. Sincerely Elsie. My regards to Irving. E. B."

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College. South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "I didn't think you had a picture of this, have you?"
back Divided back, postmarked Nov 3, 1909 10am in South Hadley. #2553 Published by The Rochester News Comp., Rochester, N. Y., USA-Leipzig-Berlin. "Dear Mama, I have received 2 letters from you, they were lovely. No really I think that Tues & Wed would be better than Sun, unless you come to see the Vespers. You see Sat I have recitations until 2.55 but Mon. I have only 3. I am afraid that I would be in classes when you come. I will try not to have must [sic] studying when you come. Now tonight I am going to begin looking up meals, and the like for you. Will try and [...] soon for I know you are anxious about it, but tonight you see I have to go to Junior Reception. am going to wear pink dress. That bag is in use now. I am sending this after receiving your letter at 5.15 pm. ooo love Florence."
[In the book!]

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, stamp box, postmarked Aug 25 5:30pm in South Hadley. Published by C. A. Gridley & Son, South Hadley, Mass. Recipient's name has been erased. "Dear Sis, - Having a fine time, lovely place here, some city, beats Haverhill all to pieces guess we will move out here want to come. Take care of Jennie Lind Love Sadie"

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, stamp box, unused. Published by Robert A. Glesmann, South Hadley, Mass., and The Albertype Co.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "x is my room", with the window on the 3rd floor, far right, marked with an X.
back Divided back, postmarked Jan 13, 1908 12midnight in South Hadley. Transit marks Jan 13, 1908 7:13pm in Brockton, MA, and Jan 14, 1908 7am in Brockton Montello Station. Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass. #A 4853 Made in Germany. "My dear Mrs. Packard: This is where I'm living this year. As soon as the weather gets good you ought to take your family & your auto and come out here on a tour. It's just lovely, and I can show you a whole room full of the grandest old fashioned dishes and everything you can think of, that you would care to see. You had better try it. Lots of love to everybody, Mildred B. B. I haven't used up all my holders yet."
[In the book!]

Rockefeller Hall
front"Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass." Note X on second window from viewer's left on the first floor. Inscription: "Dear Lilla:- The cross shows my room It is beautiful and warm here now. The grass is very green and I think everything is farther advanced than at home. This is a good view of "Rocky" and shows it just as it is in summer. I suppose you are going to the P-L. game to-morrow. Yours, May"
back Undivided back. Postmarked Apr 14, 1905 12midnight in South Hadley. Transit mark Apr 14, 1905 7:30pm in Lowell, MA.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." The room on the second floor to the right of the entrance is marked with an X.
back Divided back, postmarked Mar 12, 1913 10am in South Hadley. #98 Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley. "This is where I visited Saturday. The girls gave me a dandy time. The cross marks the particular girls' room where I was. A lovely country. Love to all & yourself from Edna"

Rockefeller Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College Rockefeller Hall So. Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "Oct. 11, 1903 Dear Mudges, If you will let this do for a letter I shall be very much obliged to you as I have about forty things to do and no time for any of them. This is the hall where I take my meals and wipe dishes. The cottage where I board is next at the left but cannot be seen in the picture. Tomorrow is our Mountain Day if it is pleasant but present prospects are not very encouraging. When is your father coming to see me? With lots of love for all, Natalie." She must have roomed in South Cottage, but I can't find her in the 1903-1904 directory.
back Undivided back, postmarked Oct 12, 1903 10am in South Hadley. Transit mark Oct 12, 1903 2:30pm in Boston. A Private Mailing Card.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College Rockefeller Hall So. Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "Oct. 11, 1903 Dear Cousin, If you will pardon my long delay in writing you, I'll try to do better next time. You know how busy I was before I came away and since I have been here I dont get time to breath[e]. This picture is the hall where I take my meals. I room in a cottage next door. When you write address Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. Box 162. I hope you and all the others are well. With best wishes and hopes of hearing soon Sincerely yours Natalie."
back Undivided back, postmarked Oct 12, 1903 7am in South Hadley. A Private Mailing Card.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College ROCKEFELLER HALL So. Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "Dear Ella, I am going to write to you very soon and I hope you will excuse me for waiting so long. Thank you for jogging up my memory. I do get awfully lax about some things. Was so glad to hear from you. Elsie."
back Private mailing card, undivided back, postmarked Oct 31, 1904 12midnight in South Hadley. Transit mark Oct 31, 1904 7pm in Walpole, Mass.

Rockefeller Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College Rockefeller Hall So. Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "This is "Rocky" where all the girls here at the house "feed" and also have to wipe the dishes. When you come over, please bring the picture of Lucile and Winifred. Hope the weather will be as good as it is now. E.W.B."
back Private mailing card, undivided back, postmarked Nov 13, 1903 5pm in South Hadley. Transit mark Nov 14 [1903] in Blandford, Mass.

2276 Rockefeller Hall
front "Rockefeller Hall So. Hadley Mass. 2276"
back Divided back, postmarked Oct 20, 1913 7am in South Hadley "Dear Jeanette:- I sincerely hope you will be back with us soon. My love and best wishes to you, Claire Healey." Addressed to Miss Jeanette Bickford at Holyoke City Hospital, Holyoke Mass.