Items in New York Heritage are organized into collections, which provide additional context for understanding their significance and meaning.

Buffalo City Directories from the early to late 19th century.
Charles Rand Penney was a prominent collector. The Charles Rand Penney Trail unites his collections of Pan-American Exposition souvenirs, Papua New Guinea artifacts, Niagara County historical items, Larkin Company ephemera, and Niagara Falls artwork.