Citing Archival Collections
You must cite archival sources used in your research, whether you simply make reference to a source, quote directly from it, paraphrase it, or reproduce an image in your work. Regardless of which format you use, citations of archival materials typically include four key elements:
1. Title: usually the title given by the archives to a file or item. In the absence of a title provide a short description.
- Letter from Anna Laura Gebhardt to Nora O. Solum, 1928 January 1
- Address of President Coolidge before the Norwegian Centennial celebration, at Minnesota State Fairgrounds June 8, 1925
2. Name of collection:
- O.E. Rølvaag papers
- Norse-American Centennial papers
3. Collection identifier: Also include numbers that identify the specific box and folder.
- P0584, Box 50, Folder 2
- P0562, Box 8, Folder 10
4. Repository and location:
- Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota