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

Historic Paintings Unwrapped

History Center in Tompkins County

A choice painting collection that dates to the early 19th century. It includes works by such notables as Henry Walton, whose lithographs depict mid-19th century life, and Alison Mason Kingsbury Bishop, an exemplar of a mid-twentieth century modernist style. From 2009 to early 2010 it was on display in a successful rotating exhibit “Historic Paintings Unwrapped” featuring different works each month.

Historic Postcards from Sardinia, NY

Sardinia Historical Society

A collection of photographic postcards depicting the rural town of Sardinia, New York in the early 20th century.

Historic Views of Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center

The collection contains images from the 19th and 20th Centuries showing historic views of Forest Lawn. These images are digitized from original glass plate negatives, photographic prints, lithographic drawings, stereoscopic views and commercial postcards. The earliest images of Forest Lawn document newly erected family lots and were intended to help illustrate the beauty of the landscape as well as drive sales in an era when buying pre-need burial space was a foreign concept. Glass plate negatives come from the McDonnell & Sons Monument Company and show the construction and completion of many monuments found throughout the grounds. Later photographs come from various commercial photographers and from the Papers of Vernon L. Thompson collection. Vernon L. Thompson was the Vice President of Forest Lawn in the mid-20th Century and his meticulous record keeping produced a wealth of documentary evidence of the daily course of business. Postcards were commercially produced images which were largely sold as souvenirs. The golden era for postcards seems to have been from the Turn of the Century to around WWI and typically featured picturesque scenes and architectural landmarks.

Historical Maps of Ithaca and Tompkins County

History Center in Tompkins County

A collection of three maps all depicting the city of Ithaca during the late 19th century.

Historical Society of the Massapequas Collection

Massapequa Public Library

Photographs, slides, postcards, books, magazines and other miscellany documenting the history of Massapequa.