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Author Nancy Moses discusses collections that are stored in a museum’s repository, particularly focusing on the storage rooms of the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia.

She notes says that collections are the raison d’être of collecting institutions, yet can be a huge burden because of the high cost to care for them.

Moses emphasizes that many objects are memorable not necessarily for their aesthetic or monetary value, but for the their narrative value and the stories they tell.

Driven by the notion that people do not value the things they cannot see, she hopes for a future exhibit that features the once-hidden treasures and narrates the story of their accession.