New York Heritage Digital Collections features a broad range of materials that present a glimpse into our state’s history and culture.  Over 430 libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural institutions make their collections available in our repository.  These primary source materials span the range of New York State’s history, from the colonial era to present.  Our stories are told through photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, books, and more.

NYS Map displaying the councils coverage of the counties.


New York Heritage is a collaborative project of eight of the nine Empire State Library Network library councils: Capital District Library Council, Central New York Library Resources Council, Long Island Library Resources Council, Northern New York Library Network, Rochester Regional Library Council, Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, South Central Regional Library Council, and Western New York Library Resources Council.

New York Heritage is always looking for new collections and contributors. If interested in becoming a project participant, please contact your local council representative.

By 2009, each of the nine councils of the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) had created and maintained their own regional digital collections site.  Originally, New York Heritage was a portal that displayed materials from each of these separate repositories.  The current iteration of New York Heritage was built in 2012 as a single unified repository, based in CONTENTdm.  In 2017, we rebuilt our frontend in Drupal to feature more contextual information on institutions and collections.

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