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Natural History “Collectors”: Exploring the Ambiguities (2014)


There is more than one sense in which collector can refer to the roles of participants in describing the natural world. Examples of botanical and zoological collectors and collections demonstrate these senses, which have been confused in the literature. Considering the provenance of specimens in a supply chain may be a more productive approach than attempting to categorise actors in that chain.

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Authors & Contributors
Robinson, Tanya Zoe
Murphy, Kathleen S.
Parsons, Christopher M.
Longair, Sarah
McAleer, John
Lucas, A. M.
Archives of Natural History
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of the History of Collections
Early American Studies
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Manchester University Press
Reaktion Books
Collectors and collecting
Natural history
Biological specimens
Specimen exchange
Mueller, Ferdinand, Baron von
Aznavour, Georges Vincent
Hirohito, Emperor of Japan
Bojanus, Ludwig Heinrich
Gould, John
Engelmann, George
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
20th century, late
17th century
Great Britain
Lisbon (Portugal)
New Zealand
Atlantic world
East India Company (English)
Maison Verreaux
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Museu Bocage, Museu Nacional de História Natural
Zoological Society of London

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