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

Historic glass and film negatives, prints, and postcards documenting life along New York State’s canals, including the Erie Canal, Black River Canal, and Champlain Canal from the collection of Albert Gayer.
Photographs taken by George W. Fenner during World War I, documenting the people and activities supporting the war efforts in Syracuse, New York.
The collection features text documents highlighting the history of General Electric and its founders.
Photographs relating to the history and development of Geneva, New York in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Geneva City Directories collection includes directories from 1862-2000. The directories contain an alphabetical directory, including a telephone directory of all residents over 18 (when available). Directories also include detailed information concerning each a civic section of local interest, a complete buyers' guide and classified business directory with special listings for nationally advertised brands. In some directories, a street guide and householders' directory showing telephone numbers arranged by streets is included.

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