Fisher Archives

The Fisher Archives document the history of St. John Fisher University from its initial planning by the Basilian Fathers in 1946 to the present day.

Early Aerial Photo of Kearney Hall in Winter

Records of significant historical importance are collected and preserved, including administrative records such as graduate and undergraduate bulletins, presidential documents, and board of trustee and faculty senate minutes. The Fisher Archives contain an extensive collection of materials on the Fisher experience from the faculty, staff, student, and alumni point-of-view. The library maintains print, microfilm, and digital versions of a variety of campus publications.

The following is a brief listing of some of the publications preserved in the collection:

In addition to these resources, the Fisher Archives supplements the University's history by preserving audio and visual material, documenting campus events such as lectures, guest speakers, commencements, and other moments of significance to the Fisher Family. To learn more about the history of Fisher, please see the following:

  • Haffey, H. J. (1977). The Beginnings of St. John Fisher College. Rochester, N.Y: St. John Fisher College (Lavery Library reference and upper level, Call # LD4810 H23)
    The Beginnings of St. John Fisher College, by Father Hugh Haffey, 1977 [pdf]
  • Sometimes, One Man Can Make a World of Difference: The Lavery Years St. John Fisher College (Lavery Library reference collection and upper level, Call # LD4810 S15 1980)

Access to archives materials is available by appointment only. Please reach out to for information regarding the Fisher Archives.