Scope and Content Note
The Hedwig M.("Hattie") Snook Papers comprise correspondence sent by Alta Rockefeller Prentice or her son, Spelman Prentice to Mrs. Snook from 1949 to 1967. The Prentices employed Mrs. Snook from Spring 1936 until the mid-fifties at which time she worked for the family off and on. Her roles as a Prentice employee changed over time -- the exact titles of her job are unclear, but letters indicate that during the summer months, she helped manage the Mount Hope Farm estate owned by the Prentices. She also appears to have worked for the Prentices in their Bennington, Vermont home. The two most apparent features of her work with the Prentices are: the indexing and maintenance of the Prentice's personal libraries and genealogies, and the keeping of the accounts for the farm and its staff.
The collection includes letters from Alta Rockefeller Prentice and Spelman Prentice on Prentice stationery, mostly typewritten, but sometimes handwritten. Snook also received cards, photographs, postcards, telegrams, and formal invitations from the Prentice family. The bulk of the correspondence originates from the Rockefeller Mansion on W. 53rd Street in New York City, the Mount Hope Farm, San Francisco, and the Lake Mohonk Mountain House in Ulster County, New York. The collection also contains Mrs. Snook's clippings about the Rockefeller family as well as assorted social invitations and genealogical notes. The clippings in the collection come from The New York Times, The Poughkeepsie Journal, and The Williams Record.