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

A collection of late 18th century and early 19th century maps, particularly of Western New York and Pennsylvania, created for the Holland Land Company.
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.
A collection exemplifying of english pottery dating between 1790 and 1860.
These pamphlets range from publication dates in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century, with the bulk published in the 1800s. Many of the books and pamphlets in this collection are listed in The Annals of Murder: a bibliography of books and pamphlets on American murders from Colonial times to 1900, compiled by Thomas M. McDade. The nineteenth-century pamphlets in this collection were drawn from the holdings of the Research Library of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) in Cooperstown, New York. NYSHA's collection of murder pamphlets contains 400 items published primarily in the 18th-19th centuries. These pamphlets document the changing perception of the murderer from a repentant sinner to a monstrous deviant.
This collection consists of the Willisborough Town Book, beginning on the 8th day of 1786.

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