New York Heritage Digital Collections is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in the Empire State’s history. The site brings together digital collections from more than 260 libraries, museums and archives from seven of the nine ESLN regions.*  It provides a gateway to more than 670 distinct digital collections that reflect New York State’s long history.

These collections represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials, including photographs, letters, diaries, oral histories, city directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more.

In addition to making these materials freely available to researchers through the New York Heritage Digital Collections website, the program also facilitates contributions to the Digital Public Library of America through our partners at the Empire State Digital Network.



*Note: METRO hosts images at Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York, while SENYLRC area contributors may participate in the Hudson River Valley Heritage project.

Please contact your New York Heritage local council administrator to ask how your institution can contribute to New York Heritage Digital Collections.

CDLC: Susan D’Entremont

CLRC: Ryan Perry

LILRC: Virginia Antonucci-Gibbons

METRO: (Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York): Anne Karle-Zenith

NNYLN: Christi Sommerfeldt

RRLC: Ryan Hughes

SCRLC: Julia Corrice

SENYLRC (Hudson River Valley Heritage): Jennifer Palmentiero

WNYLRC: Heidi Bamford