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How to Cite Your Sources

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When working in an Archive, note the following information to include in your citation:

  • Box number
  • Folder number
  • Collection name
  • Author or photographer
  • Relevant dates
  • If referencing clippings, photocopies, or scans from publications, the name of the publication copied/clipped from is required

Chicago and other citation styles follow the National Archives citation requirements, found in this helpful document created by the National Archives:

Chicago: Archival Material

Elements to include (Rule)

Author (if applicable) / Title of the item (Rule) / date of the item (Rule) / item number (if applicable) / series title (if applicable) / series number (if applicable) / name of the collection (if applicable) / collection number (if applicable) / name of the depository or archive / location of depository (if applicable) / URL or DOI or name of database (if applicable)

Footnotes: Format (RuleExamples)

"In a note, the main element of a manuscript citation is usually a specific item (a letter, a memorandum, or whatever) and is thus cited first.”

Bibliography: Format (Rule & Examples)

In a bibliography: "Entries are usually listed under the name of the collection or under the author(s) of the items contained therein...If only one item from a collection has been mentioned in text or in a note and is considered important enough to include in a bibliography, the entry will begin with the item."

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