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

Early Canastota Collection


Canastota Public Library

The Early Canastota Collection contains photos, clippings, and documents that describe Canastota in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Emporium Lumber Company Photograph Collection


Adirondack Experience

The Emporium Lumber Company was a logging company located in Conifer, New York in the early 20th century. This collection of photographs relates to their logging and railroad business.

Erie Canal


Fort Plain Free Library

This collections contains images of the Erie Canal in the Fort Plain area.

Erie Canal Photograph Collection


Schenectady County Historical Society

The Erie Canal played an important role in Schenectady County’s development. The opening of the Canal in 1825 facilitated trade between cities in New York, and Schenectady became a prominent shipping port and center for boat-building. Businesses like the American Locomotive company and General Electric would use the Erie Canal to transport raw materials. The Canal would also be used for recreation. Schenectady residents would board the “Kittie West,” a well-known excursion boat to visit places like Rexford and Vischer Ferry. During winter, Schenectady residents would use the canal for winter sports. The portion of the Erie Canal that ran through the City of Schenectady was filled in and paved over in 1925 and became what is now Erie Boulevard. Today, the Erie Canal is mainly a tourist attraction and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Erieville Nelson Historic Collection


Erieville-Nelson Heritage Society

The Erieville-Nelson Historic collections contains photographs that share the history of the Erieville and Nelson areas.