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

The Crawford Collection contains photographs and glass negatives taken around Liverpool, New York by various photographers including Toby Crawford III’s father, George “Waxy” Miller and James T. Rogers.
Charles Rand Penney was a prominent collector. The Charles Rand Penney Trail unites his collections of Pan-American Exposition souvenirs, Papua New Guinea artifacts, Niagara County historical items, Larkin Company ephemera, and Niagara Falls artwork.
Photographs taken at Camp Syracuse, a World War I training and recruitment center.
This collection contains photographs and drawings from Albany's business and industrial areas.