From an article in the October 5, 1921, edition of the College Coyote, p. 1, headlined "Honoring Miss Finney."
[Reporting on a presentation by Mrs. Carrie Blatchley]
...The naming of Finney Hall is of especial interest to all college students. The Hall was planned and furnished under the direction of Miss Finney. Students, faculty and alumni felt that the building should bear her name-all but Miss Finney, but after reading a petition signed by every student and the faculty asking that the girls' dormitory be called "Finney Hall" she could do nothing but consent...
From That Man Boone, by Dr. H. H. Hayman (1948) p. 21
...In glancing at a few angles of Boone's life one should add that Dr. Boone had a very high regard for Miss Finney. He would always give her credit for getting that gift of twenty-five thousand from Dr. Pearsons. He respected her earnest loyalty for the school; he regarded her very highly as a teacher; and after her death at a chapel student convocation he spoke very appreciatingly of her worth. He never told her why he insisted on calling the women's building Finney Hall in place of the name she suggested; not wishing to hurt her feelings he kept his own counsel as usual.
From an anonymous narrative of building construction at the C of I, possibly written by Bess Steunenberg, Class of '14, the first registrar.
Financed through the efforts of Miss Julia V. Finney, the College received its first large gift, $25,000 from Dr. D. K. Pearsons. I am not sure that this money built Finney Hall. It was the initial gift as a basis for a successful financial drive in 1909 which established the College Endowment Fund.
Because Miss Finney took the responsibility for the planning and furnishing of the hall, Dr. Boone insisted that the building should bear her name. Her picture hangs in the lobby of Finney Hall. The furnishings came through an anonymous donation of $5,000. For years the Finney parlors were the College social center.