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

This collection contains photographs and documents relating to noted Buffalo citizen Thomas B. Lockwood and the University at Buffalo Library dedicated to him.
The Truman Pomeroy Family Photograph collection consists of 46 card photographs of the extended family of Truman E. Pomeroy Jr., a Civil War veteran, all dating from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.
The Great Steamboat Race Letters collection features contest entries that proposed innovative designs for steam powered canal boats.
Watercolor paintings, photographs, and engravings from the collection of Thomas R. Bayles.