Safford Hall

[Safford Hall]

History

After the Seminary Building burned to the ground in 1896, four dormitories were built in 1897 to house the students that were formerly housed in the Seminary Building. Safford Hall was one of them. It was named for Deacon Safford, College trustee from 1837 to 1856. He planned and built a system for carrying water for the first time to parts of the Seminary Building.

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.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mt. Holyoke College., South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Sep 26, 1908 10am in South Hadley. #A4849 Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass. "This is the house I'm living in this year. Isn't it a cute little house? Florence H. D-"
[In the book!]

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mount Holyoke College., South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, unused. Published by R. A. Glesmann, South Hadley, Mass, and by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mt. Holyoke College., South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "I'm on my way to New York. Will write F. letter later. May."
back Undivided back, postmarked Sep 28, 1907? in South Hadley. Published by The Springfield News Company, Springfield, Mass. Leipzig-Berlin.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, So. Hadley, Mass." #3387 Published by C. A. Gridley & Son. Inscription: "Come see me. Room 28. The windows marked with red are mine." The marked window is on the right on the 3rd floor.
back Divided back, postmarked Oct 19, 1911 5:30pm in South Hadley. N. E. Paper & Stationery Co. Mfrs., Ayer, Mass. "Dear Gracious, Your letter jest touched the spot! I devoured every bit of gossip hungrily. I will try to get a letter written to you next Sunday. I think of you often dear Roomie. Lots of love, Marian."

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mount Holyoke College., South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Jan 27, 1919 7am in South Hadley. Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass. Printed in the United States. "Sunday This is a picture of the house where I live here at college. I can't point out where my room is because I live on the back side on the first floor. It is a very nice place, about 65 people living here. I hope you are feeling lots better now. We were sorry to hear that you were ill. Faith."
[In the book!]

Safford Hall
front Untitled picture of Safford
back Divided back, unused. "Safford Hall Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts" The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, unused. Published by Robert A. Glesmann, South Hadley, Mass. and The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Jan 15, 1909 in South Hadley. #B3029 Published by A. S. Kinney. Made in Germany. An Excelsior card. "Dear Aunt Ruth, I received your letter this afternoon and thank you very much. I think now that I shall go over to Westfield tomorrow so will see you Sunday. With love, Mabel. Jan. 15th."

Safford Hall
front Untitled view of Safford in snow.
back Divided back, postmarked Sep 17, 1976, pm in Springfield, MA. "Safford Hall Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Mass." Color photo by Robert Grenier. #MA1585 Published by Bromley and Company, Inc., Boston 15, Mass. Since there is no zip code on the Boston address, this card is at least 10 years old when it is postally used. "This is my new home - my room is on the 2nd floor, right above the balcony - the room with the light on inside. Fortunately, there's no snow outside right now! Having a good time. Beverly PS. How's the cat?"

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "This is where I take my meals and is a very nice hall. I am enjoying myself and working hard. I never saw such a busy life as it is here. I haven't received your promised letter yet. Remember me to everybody, Lovingly Edith. Mt. Holyoke College S. Hadley, Mass."
back Undivided back, postmarked Nov 13, 1905 10am in South Hadley. Transit mark Nov 13, 1905 8pm in South Glen Falls, NY.

Safford Hall
front"Safford Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass." #3384 Published by C. A. Gridley & Son.
back Undivided back, stamp box, unused. N. E. Paper & Stationery Co. Mfrs., Ayer, Mass.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Sep 24, 1938 12:30pm in South Hadley. Published by Robert A. Glesmann, South Hadley, Mass. and The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY. "Dear Proctor, I think I ought to let Pat tell you about all the damage here from the storm, or make you come see it yourself. Trees down in grove, orchard, gardens and everywhere else. Miss Dietrich's car got smashed by one. About 200 kids late in getting back. Took us 28 hours from New York by train, bus, and taxi. Convocation has been postponed until Tuesday. Skinner has been redecorated. Sound absorbing stuff is in Woodbridge dining room. Storm windows for Rocky and Mandelle smoking rooms - Sprinkler system in Shattuck[.] Athletic field being enlarged and fixed. New solarium built on west porch of Pearsons. How'd Cummington fare during hurricane? Have seen Pat. She far from being homesick[.] Write soon, Es-so"

Safford Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College Safford Hall South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "How is your collection of cards coming on? I thought perhaps you'd like to add a few more. E. A. P."
back Undivided back, postmarked Aug 5, 1905 5pm in South Walpole, Mass. Transit mark Aug 5, 1905 5:30pm in Walpole, Mass. A Private Mailing Card.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Apr 5, 1918 12:30 pm in South Hadley. C. A. Gridley & Son. #1139 Made in Germany. "Dear Mama, Here I be, safe & sound. But I left my fountain pen home! Eleanor will lend me her extra one until you can get mine to me. Faith is not engaged. April Fool letter, aren't those kids the limit! Awfully warm here, I dont believe you need send my brown dress. I can wear my silk one and it won't be so warm. Here comes Mr. Colegrove, giving out registration slips. This is my first class this new term. History - 9:00 A.M. Mr. Colegrove says the Vikings made sea-expeditions both on water and land! Too much vacation for him! Love & kisses - Helen Matilda."

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, stamp box, unused. C. A. Gridley & Son. #1139 Made in Germany.

Stafford [sic] & Porter Halls
front "Stafford [sic] & Porter Halls, Holyoke, Mass." Shows more of Wilder Hall than Porter Hall, though!
back Divided back, stamp box, postmarked Oct 18, 1910 3pm in Holyoke, Mass. Made in Germany. "Mrs. Newton, Enjoyed my ride left at 8 P M and reached here at 1.30 A M I like the Place well. and hope you all well when I return from Mrs. F. A. German"

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mt. Holyoke College., South Hadley, Mass." Window on the second floor to the right of the tower is marked with ink.
back Divided back, postmarked Feb 17, 1910 7am in South Hadley. #A4849 Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass. "Wilma lived here sophomore year - her room is marked. Love, Helen H. Mayberry. Feb 16, '10"

Brigham and Safford Hall Real Photo
front Untitled real photo of Safford Hall from Wilder Hall. Brigham is also visible.
back Divided back, postmarked May 13, 1911 5pm in South Hadley. "I cannot remember whether you have this picture or not. I expect to leave Sp. [Springfield?] Monday on the 2:24 reaching home at 4:18. It is a beautiful day here - hope it is with you. I went up Prospect and around the lower lake this morning. Much love your mother May 13 - 1911"

P9094 Safford Hall
front "P9094 Safford Hall Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass." "Photo Underwood & Underwood, NY"
back Divided back, stamp box, unused, but sporting glue marks from being in an album.

Snowy Safford Hall Real Photo
front "Greetings from your college home in winter cloches. Jean Kinney March 14, 1906 So. Hadley, Mass." A real photo version of this card, which is an A. S. Kinney card. Perhaps Jean Kinney is his wife?
back Undivided back, postmarked Mar 14, 1906 12midnight in South Hadley. Addressed to Emma D. Sandford.
[In the book!]

Safford Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College Safford Hall South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "Here I am safe and sound. Louise Brown slept with me last night. Fran Whitney came to tell me that Ethel has typhoid so will not be back probably till next February. So I will have a new roommate. I'll write soon to tell you all about it. Breakfast bell has ring so I must go downstairs. Wednesday. Helen"
back Undivided back, postmarked Sep 14, 1904 6am in South Hadley. Transit mark Sep 15, 1904 6am in Royersford, PA. A Private Mailing Card.
[In the book!]

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Oct 28 5:30pm in South Hadley. Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass. An Americhrome card. "Dear Mother, the slips I have now measure 38 inches from the arm hole to the bottom of the hem. I think I would like my new one about 4 inches longer. Catharine"

Safford Hall
front Untitled view of Safford.
back Divided back, stamp box, unused. "Mount Holyoke College Safford Hall South Hadley, Mass. 01075" Pub. by Byb Wyer Photo Cards, Delhi, NY. #61532-C.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "Does this look natural? This is to be your hotel during your stay with us, 38-39."
back Divided back, postmarked Jan 23, 1925 12:30pm in South Hadley. Published by A. S. Kinney, South Hadley, Mass. An Americhrome card. "Dear Cat, I went to the Dean's office yesterday and got my meal tickets. Your allowance is three days. Miss Voorhees was quite impressed that you were my sister, said we didn't look at all alike. She spelt your name correctly, she must have some memory. She thought I was Miriam Keeler's sister. Today I have Latin. Lit was fierce. I did rotten on it. I saw Dotty Foster yesterday in Glessie's and told her I didn't like the exam very well. She's a dear soul - told us we ought to have a nice feeling about it, that it wasn't hard. Roommate was sick Monday & had to skip her Lit exam. She's O.K. now. Love, Lina."

Safford Hall
front "Mt. Holyoke College SAFFORD HALL South Hadley, Mass." Inscription: "This hall is one of the jolliest of all. it is the smallest - only 90 live here - I am over in it a lot, for here lives Dora Orr. In this hall they have a good many old things saved from the fire that destroyed the seminary here years ago - also some things of Mary Lyon. This was the "prohibition" house during the campaign."
back Undivided back, unused. Private Mailing Card.

Safford Hall
front "Safford Hall, So. Hadley, Mass." #3387 Published by C. A. Gridley & Son. Inscription: "Our rooms marked with a circle, the other girls' with a cross" The marked windows are the three center rooms on the third floor. The leftmost one is marked with a circle, and the other two with X's.
back Divided back, postmarked May 1908 7am in South Hadley. N. E. Paper & Stationery Co. Mfrs., Ayer, Mass. "It's 9.30 so I can't write much. Have chosen 43 & 44 Safford, a dandy suite for two. Marion will be in the same hall some where. We will have two closets, two chiffoniers, 1 window in each room 3rd floor with Mary, Hannah & Bess in a suite for three around the corner. Esther came on Wednesday. Also Mary H. We could have had our choice of lots of fine rooms in Safford but we preferred the single suite. Will write more Sunday. Ruth."