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

Cartoons drawn by Polish immigrant, Henryk Archacki, representing current events at the time with a sense of Polish pride.  
This collection contains folk art collected from Upstate New York and other regions.
The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Collection includes manuscript leaves, manuscripts, printed book leaves, and books produced mainly in Europe from about 1200 to 1837.
The exhibition Portraits of Hope: Faces of Refugee Resettlement in Central New York depicted survivors of war, genocide, and political strife who came to the U.S. and settled in the Utica region after living in refugee camps in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. This exhibition of more than 30 photographs celebrated diversity, and confronted stereotypes about resettlement while exploring the challenges and aspirations of local refugees starting over in a new land.
Over the past four years, Dr. Kathryn Stam, Faculty at SUNY Poly, has been gathering media and multimedia chronicling the lives of Refugees who have settled in Utica NY. This work has been gathered as Refugees Starting Over, which has hosted events, and provides a web presence featuring many images and videos.