Recollection is either the process of remembering something or a specific memory.

If someone says, "To the best of my recollection, I never met Ted," they're saying they tried to remember Ted and couldn’t. Basically, your memory is your recollection. You can also say your memories are recollections. You could have a recollection of a baseball game on your birthday. If you know that collecting is to gather things, it makes sense that recollecting is like the process of gathering your memories.

Definitions of recollection
  1. noun
    the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)
    synonyms: recall, reminiscence
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    recall or remembrance
    reconstruction, reconstructive memory
    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
    reproduction, reproductive memory
    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall
    recall after rote memorization
    type of:
    memory, remembering
    the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered
  2. noun
    the ability to recall past occurrences
    synonyms: anamnesis, remembrance
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    memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity
    the power of retaining and recalling past experience
  3. noun
    something recalled to the mind
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    something that is remembered
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