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Collectors and collecting: Getting started

Resources for studying collectors and collecting, both historic and contemporary.

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Our search engine Summon is the best place to start looking for articles, books and other resources.  You will find much material about both the history of collecting and the practicalities of collecting today.


You may also want to run supplementary searches in these databases:

For introductory articles:


When searching in Summon, collecting, collector and collection will give different sets of results. You can search for all of these at once like this:


However * does not work properly if you use it within quote marks:    does not retrieve as many results as it should. Instead, you can search for several alternative phrases like this: