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Citing Archival Material

Notes from the MLA Handbook

The MLA handbook does not have a particular style for archival or manuscript materials. According to the MLA Style Centre website and the Perdue Online Writing Lab your best course of action is to follow the MLA format, adding location information specific to the archival collection (like the collection name, its file level description, and the box it is in).

General format

Author (last name, first name). Title/description of material. Date (day month year). Call number, identifier or box/folder/item number. Collection name. Name of repository, location.


White, John M. Letter to Walter Murray. 29 June 1916. President's Office - W.C. Murray fonds, University Archives and Special Collections, University of Saskatchewan, Box 38, B. 73. Manuscript.