n. ~ 1. An assemblage of things, often with some unifying quality. – 2. PaaST (Collection) · A specialization of intellectual entity consisting of an intellectual entity that contains other intellectual entities.
At the lowest level, the members of a collection are items. Collections may be grouped in hierarchical structures where members of higher-level collections are themselves lower-level collections.
- SAA Glossary 2005 (†241 ): n. ~ 1. A group of materials with some unifying characteristic. – 2. Materials assembled by a person, organization, or repository from a variety of sources; an artificial collection. – collections, pl. ~ 3. The holdings of a repository. Note: Collection1 is synonymous with record group if provenance is the unifying characteristic.