Daemen University - Daemen University Library

Parent Organization: Daemen University
4380 Main Street
Amherst, New York 14226
Phone: Phone: (716) 839-8243
Jake Dion - (716) 839-8243 - [email protected]

Daemen University - Daemen University Library


Daemen University is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational, comprehensive college in the attractive suburban location of Amherst, New York. The College was established in 1947 as Rosary Hill College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, whose foundress was Magdalene Daemen, a Dutch woman dedicated to working with the poor. Originally a liberal arts college for women, the College became co-educational in 1971 and nonsectarian in 1976, changing its name to Daemen College. In March 2022 it became Daemen University. The Daemen University Library, located in the Research and Information Commons, manages an archival collection that includes publications, photographs, and other materials documenting the rich history of the College.

Daemen University - Daemen University Library is a member of the Western New York Library Resources Council.


Daemen Theatre Posters Collection

A small collection of posters advertising theatrical productions at Daemen College (formerly Rosary Hill College). Posters date from 1972 to 1987.

 Collage of photos showing people at the New Skateland Arena roller skating rink in Buffalo, N.Y. Includes primarily children and teenagers alone and in groups. Date ranges from late 1970s to early 2000s. Collage displayed in the Main Rink and Locker area

In the summer of 2018, Daemen College gratefully accepted a large collection of photo collages from Kiddy Skateland, a roller rink owned and operated on Buffalo’s East Side. The photo collages in this collection provide a window to the East Side community by showing years of patrons at a popular gathering spot

Summerfare! 1990 Playbill cover

This extensive collection contains playbills or programs from nearly every Musicalfare Theatre Company production dating back to 1990. Musicalfare, formerly known as Summerfare was originally started as a summer stock theatre at Daemen College. After years of successful productions including some notable world premieres, Summerfare changed its name to Musicalfare in the year 2000. Musicalfare still operates on Daemen University’s campus, where it hosts musicals and cabaret shows year-round. Playbills range from 1990-2020.


Summit Yearbooks Collection

The Summit was the annual yearbook of Daemen College (formerly Rosary Hill College), published between 1952 and 2012. The collection consists of all volumes dating between 1952 and 2012.