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Dorm room in second Herrick Hall at Pacific University



Dorm room in second Herrick Hall at Pacific University


This is a photograph of a young woman named Jean Stephenson studying in her dorm room in Herrick Hall at Pacific University in February, 1947. Jean is from Metzger, Oregon, and was a sophomore at the time of this photo. Jean graduated from Pacific University in 1949 as valedictorian with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She later became a teacher, living first in southern Oregon and later moving to northern Oregon where she lived for the rest of her life until April 3, 2016.

Herrick Hall was three stories tall with bathrooms on each floor with single and double-bedrooms lining the halls. Every dorm room in Herrick Hall was supplied with a sink, a heater, and furniture such as a bed, mattress, and a desk for each student. All women who did not have already have a home in Forest Grove were required to live in Herrick Hall.

The original all-female dormitory was first built in 1883 and was called Ladies Hall. During the second university president Reverend John Russell Herrick's tenure, he spent much of his four years as president away from the university, but in that time, he was able to accomplish many things including raising $16,000 to build Ladies Hall. The first year the building was put to use was in 1884. It was renamed after President Herrick in 1887. The first Herrick Hall completely burned down on Sunday, March 11, 1906, from chimney sparks on the roof. A combination of women's fundraising and the Carnegie Foundation donation of $10,000 allowed the second Herrick Hall to be built in 1907. Until 1958, it was still an all-female residence hall. Herrick Hall burned down a second time in 1973.


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Fritz, photographer, “Dorm room in second Herrick Hall at Pacific University,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed May 28, 2018,