The Architecture Collection
reflects almost three centuries of the state's built environment, including significant colonial period components, various exteriors, and a collection of interior architectural elements.
The Art Collection
features a broad spectrum of works relating to the Empire State from the colonial period into the twentieth century. Among the collection's gems is the collection of works by genre artist Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919).
The Communications Collection
represents various means for recording and transmitting information. Communications devices range from pencils and pens to computers, including the 2,400 cubic foot Univac Mark III used by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to process sales tax returns beginning in the mid-1960's.
The Decorative Arts Collections
consist of furniture, silver, ceramics, lighting devices, and other household decorations. The emphasis is on items made and used in New York State, so as a result many items in these collections are labeled by their makers.
The Firefighting Collection
consists of a group of twelve fire fighting vehicles, ranging from a hand tub acquired by the village of Lansingburgh in 1791 to a 1953 Ward-LaFrance pumper.
The Manufacture Collection
features the tools and machinery of production, as well as the manufactured items from New York's factories, from generic woodworking and metal working equipment to the products of large scale manufacture.
The Measurement Collection
represents artifacts of measurement used in surveying, manufacture and scientific investigation, including nearly 200 historic instruments donated in 1993 by Teledyne Industries, Inc.
The Popular Entertainment Collections
consist of circus, theatre, vaudeville, burlesque, musical comedy, movies, and band material, also including personal memorabilia, costumes, and props. The circus collection contains over 1000 posters spanning the period 1820 to 1990.
The Prints Collection
features nineteenth century engravings and lithographs depicting places, events and daily life in New York State with themes representing agriculture, architecture, industry, transportation, and recreation.
The Toys, Games and Dolls Collection
contains children's' play things, from early board and card games to cast iron fire engines, pull toy animals and bisque dolls, early Barbie dolls and tin clockwork toy appliances, baseballs, gloves and bats and a number of large doll houses.
The Transportation Collection
represents vehicles for the movement of people and goods and features an airplane, a subway car and a number of boats, including sailed and motor types, Adirondack guide boats, St. Lawrence skiffs, a sandbagger and ice boats.