Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person.
Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.
The purpose of this project is for large collections of materials to become accessible so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged.
Paper Blog booklet consists of sample findings (or excerpts from publications) that were originally posted on the Public Collectors blog (publiccollectors.tumblr.com). These images are a selection pulled from nearly 650 images and scans posted between September 2009 and November 2010.
Public Collectors on Tumblr is intended as a casual, more personal supplement to the main Public Collectors website. It is a place for small things and for fragments of much larger things.