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Citing Archival Materials

This guide provides an overview to citing archival materials in some of the most frequently used citation styles, including Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA.

Reference List

If you cite just one item from an archival collection, that item should be included in your citation. If you cite several items from a single collection within the text of your paper, the entry in the Reference List should refer to the collection as a whole.

Reference List: Example 1

Many photos from the Sager Collection

If you cited more than one photograph from the Sager Collection in your paper, you might cite the collection in your reference list as follows:

Sager, William H. Photographs. William H. Sager China Marines Photograph Collection (OCH/WHS). Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, CA.

See Publication Manual of the APA, 7.10.

Reference List: Example 2

Letter from John to William SellOne letter from the Sell Collection

The letter displayed to the right is from the John M. Sell Civil War Collection. You might cite it in your reference list as follows:

Sell, John M. (1861, November 3). [Letter to William Sell]. John M. Sell Civil War Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge. (SC/JMS Box 1, Folder 3), Los Angeles, CA.

See Publication Manual of the APA, 7.10.

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