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Citing Archival Material

There is no single correct way to cite material discovered in the Digital Collections and Archives. Here are some tips along with examples to get you started. You should always defer to your instructor’s or publisher’s directions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Public Services and Outreach Archivist.

Citation elements

When citing a particular record within an archival collection, keep in mind that at the very least you will want to include the creator/author,  ‘title’ of collection, call number, location (box and folder number or URL), and the repository in which you found this material.

Remember: The goal of your citation is to provide a road map for other researchers to retrace your footsteps.

The following elements may be included:

  • Creator/Author
  • Collection name (in its entirety)
  • Series title
  • Folder title
  • Item title or other identifying information
  • Call number
  • Citable URL (as applicable)
  • Repository (Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University)

Examples

For a physical photograph:

Photographer. Title of Photograph. Date of photograph. Catalog number. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Example: Unknown. College Athlete of the Year. 1971. UA046.003.032.00017. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

For a digital photograph:

Photographer. Title of Photograph. Date of photograph. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. Citable URL (accessed date).

Example: Munro, Melville S. Football player Fred Ellis, September 27, 1926. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/896 (accessed January 27, 2010).

For an entire collection

Name of collection. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Example: Atomic Veterans records, 1947-1989. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

For an item in a collection:

Name of collection. Series title. Folder title. Title or identifying information. Call number. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Example: Office of the President records, 1828-2007. Alonzo Ames Miner, records, 1850-1883. Prohibition. Letter April 15, 1867 from George H. Emerson. UA001.002.001.00001. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Bostonian Society Images

Tufts University does not hold copyright to the images from the Bostonian Society. See here for more information.

Edward R. Murrow papers

Tufts University does not hold copyright to materials in the Edward R. Murrow papers. See here for more information.

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