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

Photos from New Paltz State Teachers College in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
This collection consists of issues of the Potsdam Normal Magazine published between 1897 and 1902.
The exhibition Portraits of Hope: Faces of Refugee Resettlement in Central New York depicted survivors of war, genocide, and political strife who came to the U.S. and settled in the Utica region after living in refugee camps in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. This exhibition of more than 30 photographs celebrated diversity, and confronted stereotypes about resettlement while exploring the challenges and aspirations of local refugees starting over in a new land.
The Patrick Casey Collection consists of an autobiographical narrative and two diaries.