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

A collection of advertisements, packaging, and other materials relating to the snake oil and patent medicine trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Samples of advertisements and packaging used by Dr. R.V. Pierce to market his products in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Mid-century photographs and documents relating to SUNY Upstate Medical University’s School of Nursing.
The New York Ordnance Works Collection consists of photographs, maps, and official documents related to the New York Ordnance Works (NYOW), which was in active production during World War II.
This collection contains documents on the influenza epidemic of 1918 from Norman L. Woodford, who graduated from Syracuse University College of Medicine in 1921 and was a Health Officer and Coroner of Cayuga County.