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

Photographs, letters, maps, drawings, and documents relating to the War of 1812.
This collection contains photographs and diaries of the Watson family, who are known for their involvement with the Memorial Art Gallery.
Collection of photographs taken from 1957 through 1968 of various buildings and grounds of Willard Psychiatric Center. The black-and-white photographs contain detailed studies of various buildings of the hospital, many of which have been since torn down