Nathaniel Rochester Hall collection

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for Nathaniel Rochester Hall
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
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Nathaniel Rochester Hall collection
Bulk Date(s)
Inclusive Date(s)
1907, 1951-1969
Progress reports, conversions costs, clippings, regulations, and brochures relating to men's dormitory Nathaniel Rochester Hall on the downtown RIT campus. The residence hall was converted from the former Manger Rochester Hotel.
6.0 Folder(s)
C.S. South, Shelf 802, Box 147 (Residence halls collections)
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Although RIT can trace its origins back to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829, the modern form of the institution was created in 1891 when the Rochester Athenaeum merged with the newly formed Mechanics Institute (founded 1885). The university started as a way to train individuals for careers in the dominant fields in Rochester, NY's manufacturing industry. As a result, most of the school's first students were local residents. However, as the school began to grow, an increasing number of students came from areas other than the city, creating a need for student housing.

Traditionally, men lived near campus in private homes, and after World War II, veteran students had been housed in an old army barracks. To ease the growing demand for housing, RIT purchased the Manger Rochester Hotel for conversion to a residence hall for men. The dormitory opened in September 1957. It was expected that all male students that did not live with family would reside in the Men’s Residence Hall for their first year of study. Located at the corner of West Main Street and Plymouth Avenue, the building housed over 400 students. The new dormitory was dedicated Nathaniel Rochester Hall on February 21, 1959, and remained in use until the campus was relocated from the city of Rochester to the town of Henrietta in 1968.

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The Nathaniel Rochester Hall collection consists of materials related to the men's dormitory at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) city campus. In 1968, the university relocated from the city of Rochester, NY to the suburbs of Henrietta. The collection includes promotional materials such as brochures and informational booklets. Also included are progress reports and cost estimates for hotel to dorm conversion, student rules, instructions for hall advisors, newspaper clippings, and the dormitory association constitution.

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Collection is arranged chronologically within subject.

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Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Buildings.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Student housing.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Students.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Nathaniel Rochester Hall.


  • College buildings -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Dormitories -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Men -- Housing -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Administrative records
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Promotional materials

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Preferred Citation

Nathaniel Rochester Hall collection, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in July 2011.

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