Contributions to the history of university museums and collections in Europe

Marta C. Lourenço
The recent history of museums, from the sixteenth and seventeenth century wunderkammer to the present, is relatively welldocumented. In marked contrast, the pre-history of university museums remains largely unstudied. This is an important task: if the origin and singularity of university museums and collections remain unknown, their scientific and social roles will remain undervalued, their identity will remain in crisis and their heritage will be at risk. This paper aims to contribute to the knowledge...
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