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Nathaniel Rochester House records

 Collection — Box-Folder: 43
Identifier: RITArc-0508

Scope and Contents

The Nathaniel Rochester House records consist of two copies of the 1924 dedication program that involved the unveiling of a bronze tablet at the site of Rochester’s home, as well as two copies of a 1959 speech given by Blake McKelvey for the residence hall dedication on RIT's downtown campus.

The placque was displayed on the Bevier Building in downtown Rochester until 2014, when it was stolen.


  • Creation: 1924, 1959


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Rochester was born in Virginia in 1752. He spent the earlier part of his life in the south as an American Revolutionary War soldier and a wealthy businessman and land speculator. He resided in a number of locations over the course of his life, holding respected positions wherever he settled. Interested in the frontier of New York State, he purchased land in Dansville, New York in 1800, and then 1803 with two business partners another tract near Rochester's Upper Falls. A settlement named Rochesterville was established on the site, and renamed Rochester in 1821. Moving his family to Rochesterville in 1912, Nathaniel Rochester spent the latter part of his life as a leading citizen of the growing town.

Colonel Rochester died at home in 1831. The site of his house would later become the site of the Bevier Memorial Building, property of RIT’s predecessor, the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). It was there that a bronze memorial tablet was placed in his honor by RAMI in 1928. Later, in 1959 RIT named a residence hall in his honor. One of the main dormitories on the Henrietta campus was also named after him.


1 Folder(s) (One folder contained within a document box.)




Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Nathaniel Rochester house dedication. A bronze memorial tablet was unveiled to mark the site of Colonel Rochester’s home (located on the Institute’s property) in 1924 and a dedication of a residence hall named in his honor took place in 1959. This collection consists of a dedication program and a speech.


The Nathaniel Rochester House records are arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 787, Box 43

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Nathaniel Rochester Society records and photographs

Related Materials

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Allison Thompson in April 2014.

Nathaniel Rochester House records
RIT Archives
Allison Thompson
2 April 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA