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The purpose of this article is twofold: on the one hand, we present theoutlines of a history of university collections in Germany. On the other hand, we discuss this history as a case study of the changing attitudes of thesciences towards their material heritage. Based on data from 1094 Germanuniversity collections, we distinguish three periods that are by no meanshomogeneous but offer a helpful starting point for a discussion of theentangled institutional and epistemic factors in the history of universitycollections. In the 19th century, university collections were institutionalizedand widely recognized as indispensable in research and teaching. During the20th century, university collection became increasingly marginalized bothon an institutional and theoretical level. Towards the end of the 20thcentury, the situation of university collections improved partly because of their reconsideration as material heritage

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