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

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.

Ernie Simon Collection


Port Washington Public Library

The Ernie Simon Collection includes his personal collection of “Port Remembered” articles as well as his personal papers, correspondence, writings, photographs and memorabilia.

Ethelwyn Doolittle Memorabilia at Hartwick College


Hartwick College - Stevens-German Library

This collection consists of memorabilia and correspondence of Ethelwyn Doolittle, a local resident and patron of Hartwick College.

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