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

City directories for Jamestown and Olean, New York dating from the late 19th to early 20th century.
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.
This is a collection of photographs of Elmira College dating from the founding in 1855 through the mid-Twentieth century.
A choice painting collection that dates to the early 19th century. It includes works by such notables as Henry Walton, whose lithographs depict mid-19th century life, and Alison Mason Kingsbury Bishop, an exemplar of a mid-twentieth century modernist style. From 2009 to early 2010 it was on display in a successful rotating exhibit “Historic Paintings Unwrapped” featuring different works each month.
Buffalo address books and family directories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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