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

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.

Freeport Music Scores, Playbills & Programs


Freeport Memorial Library

Historic sheet music, playbills, theater programs, and advertisements from Long Island.

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.

General Collection


Adirondack History Center Museum - Essex County Historical Society

A collection of images commemorating the Tercentenary celebration of Lake Champlain's discovery by Europeans.

Geneva NY City Directories


Geneva Public Library

The Geneva City Directories collection includes directories from 1862-2000. The directories contain an alphabetical directory, including a telephone directory of all residents over 18 (when available). Directories also include detailed information concerning each a civic section of local interest, a complete buyers' guide and classified business directory with special listings for nationally advertised brands. In some directories, a street guide and householders' directory showing telephone numbers arranged by streets is included.

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