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

A collection of correspondence and documents relating to Henrietta, New York native, Abram Lincoln.
Collection of photographs showing various Adirondack scenes that includes people, towns, landscapes, camps etc. Images were taken in the 1890s.
Documents and photographs relating to African-American history in the early United States.
Papers of Dr. Albert Leffingwell, including diaries, letters, and manuscripts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
This collection contains digitized versions of the College's 16mm Film Collection which includes films of early College activities and a variety of other subjects such as a family vacation, product demonstrations, and maple syrup operations as well as footage of the 1910 fires at Paul Smith's Hotel and Branch and Callanan building Saranac Lake, New York.