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

Albany Institute of History and Art Library Digital Images


Albany Institute of History and Art

This collection contains materials related to the history of the city and county of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley from the 17th century to the present.

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.

Gayer Collection


Canal Society of New York State

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.

Kenneth R. Dorn Regional History Study Center - David F. Nestle Memorial Collection


Fulton-Montgomery Community College

This collection is comprised of the historical records of the Fonda, Johnstown, and Gloversville Railroad.

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