Citing Archival Sources
Materials referred to or quoted should be cited accurately and completely to avoid plagiarism. In general, formulate archival citations to include as much information as needed to allow someone else to easily locate those records.
Items that have been published that are held in Archives & Special Collections may be cited as usual for published works. If the work is of limited circulation in libraries, also record the name and location of the repository that holds the material.
Citations for unpublished archival items consist of (1) the description of the item, (2) the name of the group or collection to which it belongs, and (3) the name and location of the repository that holds the material.
Record the name and location of this repository in your citations as:
Southern Polytechnic State University Archives & Special Collections, Marietta, GA.
Below is the general format for archival citations from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., which can be modified to fit different types of archival records. Consult your preferred style manual or use the links below for more information on citing sources.
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of material. [Description of material]. Name of Collection (Call number, Box number, File name or number, etc.). Southern Polytechnic State University Archives & Special Collections, Marietta, GA.
More Help with Archival Citations
See the sources below for more information on citing archival sources, or contact a librarian.
Citations Guide, University Archives and Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin River Falls
Guide to Citing Collections, Moakley Archive and Institute, Suffolk University
Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration
More Help with Citing Sources
See the sources below for more information on citing sources and citation styles in general, or contact a librarian.
Citing Sources, SPSU Library Guide
Research and Citation Resources, The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)