Tales from the Archives: Who was Neil Hellman?

Neil Hellman

from the Saint Rose Archives photograph collection

Neil Hellman was this guy! A true Albanian, Hellman was born in 1908. Maybe you are thinking why does this name sound familiar? The name same as the Saint Rose Library, Neil Hellman donated $500,000 in 1981 to Saint Rose and expanded the library by 17,600 square feet. Now maybe you’re wondering how did Hellman make all this money? Hellman was an entrepreneur with multiple businesses spanning across sixty years. Hellman donated money to Albany Medical Center and Parson’s Child and Family Center and in 1984 Mayor Thomas Whalen III of Albany declared October 16th Neil Hellman Day! For more information on Neil Hellman check out his online exhibit by clicking on his picture or the link.

Neil Hellman Library

from the Saint Rose Archives photograph collection and the Building Histories online exhibit

And for more information on the library check out the building history! (Find by the address 392 Western Avenue or by the name Neil Hellman Library)

— Stephanie Clowe, Archives Intern

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