Parent Organization: 
The College of Saint Rose
Archives and Special Collections
432 Western Ave
Albany, New York 12203
Phone: 800-637-8556


The College of Saint Rose was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet as a Roman Catholic college for women. Its founders selected the name of Saint Rose to honor the first canonized saint in the Americas. An evening division was developed in 1946 to meet the needs of World War II veterans and, in 1949, a graduate school was added to provide master's degree programs. Men were admitted to both the original evening and graduate divisions, and in 1969 the College became fully co-educational. In 1970, the Board of Trustees was expanded to include laypersons in addition to the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Thus, The College of Saint Rose became an independent college. The College Archives was officially established in 1990 to document the history of the College from its origins in 1920 as a Catholic college for women to its present status as an independent, coeducational institution with both undergraduate and graduate programs. The College Archives appraises, collects, describes, preserves, and makes available the non-current, official records of the College and materials by and about persons affiliated with the College which have legal, administrative, or historical value. This digital collection is a wide selection of materials from the College Archives depicting the history of the College, its students, faculty, campus, and spirit.

The College of Saint Rose - Neil Hellman Library is a member of the Capital District Library Council.