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

This collection consists of letters and marginalia of Samuel Clemens, artifacts associated with him and photos having to do with Clemens' time in Elmira and the family and friends that comprised his circle.
Mid-20th century photographs of Lockport, New York by Edwin Polster.
This collection contains photographs and drawing of religious facilities in Albany, New York.
Watercolor paintings, photographs, and engravings from the collection of Thomas R. Bayles.
Photographs of the birth place and a manuscript of Walt Whitman.