The Central NY Library Resources Council supports libraries in Herkimer, Madison, Oneida & Onondaga counties and advocates for libraries everywhere!

To apply to join New York Heritage Digital Collections, please fill out this form
and mail, email or fax it back to us. is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and others who are interested in New York State’s history. It is a collaborative project of the 3Rs and part of the New York State Board of Regent’s New York Digital Collection Initiative.

CLRC members participating in New York Heritage:
Cazenovia College DeWitt Community Library Erie Canal Museum
Erieville-Nelson Heritage Society Fayetteville Free Library Hamilton Public Library
Holland Patent Free Library Little Falls Public Library Liverpool Public Library
Mundy Branch Library Oneida Public Library Onondaga Community College
Onondaga County Public Library – Local History & Genealogy Department Remsen Steuben Historical Society Salina Free Library
Skaneateles Historical Society Skaneateles Library Association Solvay-Geddes Historical Society
SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse Polish Home Syracuse University College of Law
Tromptown Historical Society Utica Public Library

This site brings together open access digital collections from libraries, museums and archives from all over the state. It provides a gateway to more than 160 distinct digital collections that reflect New York State’s long history. These collections represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more.

Beginning in 2009, CLRC administered and sponsored, a regional digitization project for Onondaga, Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties. For two years, pilot projects for CNYHeritage were carried out with local partners, Fayetteville Free Library, Liverpool Public Library, and Syracuse University Library. These pilot projects were very successful and so CLRC is moving forward in collaboration with six of the nine 3Rs in NewYorkHeritage.

See our latest Digitization Plan here.

Lesson Plans to Accompany CNYHeritage
Lesson Plan #1: Family Photos
Students will understand that families have a past and change over time. They will compare and contrast their own family photographs to those of families at the turn of the 20th century in Central New York.
Lesson Plan
Worksheet: Compare their own family photos with historical family photos.
Lesson Plan #2: Solar Salt
Students will understand the process of making solar salt and identify salt as an important industry to the history of the Central New York area.
Lesson Plan
Activity: Science experiment to separate salt from salt water.
Lesson Plan #3: Onondaga Nation
Students will research and create a presentation on elements of culture of the Onondaga Nation.
Lesson Plan
Worksheet: Build a slideshow to present the history and culture of the Onondaga Nation.
Lesson Plan #4: The Civilian Conservation Corps at Green Lakes State Park
Students will understand the role that the Civilian Conservation Corps played in the creation of Green Lakes State Park the importance of the CCC to Central New York and American history. Read more about Green Lakes State Park on Fayetteville Free Library’s website
Lesson Plan
Worksheet: Create a visual display and one page handout