Melissa Mannon discusses the value of collecting as a means of preserving cultural heritage.She says that collections allow individuals to better define their role in society with a more complete understanding of humanity and a shared sense of history.

The author also emphasizes that collecting tends to be best performed by heritage institutions that can collect a wide range information and materials and she also warns against the dangers of unplanned collecting which can lead to damaged items.

The author stresses the importance of a collaboration between historical institutions and the public saying that their partnership can create a community of collecting and documentation.

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