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Citing Items From Special Collections

Citing Manuscript Collections

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A manuscript is a handwritten document. You may discover letters, postcards, city ordinances, legal documents, and other manuscript items in the Humboldt Room.

Examples of a Manuscript Citation


Vinyard, L (1970). [Collection of journal entries]. Lucille Vinyard Papers. (2016.01, Box 1). Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Arcata, CA. 


Vinyard, Lucille. Manuscript. 2016.01, Box 1. Lucille Vinyard Papers. Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Arcata, CA.


Vinyard, L. Lucille Vinyard Papers, 1970, Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Arcata, California.   

Manuscript Citation Format


Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of manuscript. [Description of manuscript]. Name of Collection (Call number, Box number, File name or number, etc.). Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Arcata, CA. 


Author's Last Name, First Name (if given) or Name of Organization. Title of Manuscript(if given). Manuscript. Item # or Box/Folder # or Folder Name. Collection Name. Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Arcata, CA.


Author. Title of Manuscript*. Title of Container, Other contributors, Version, Publisher, Publication Date, Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Arcata, California.

*Note: In some instances, your title of source will be in quotation marks as opposed to italics. Consult the MLA style guide for clarification.