As with published materials, archival sources used in research require citing, whether you simply make reference to a source, quote directly from it, paraphrase it, or reproduce an image in your work. The form that your citation takes is determined both by where it appears in your paper and by the citation format required by your professor or research discipline. See the drop-down menus for examples of citing archival sources using APA, MLA and Chicago citation styles.
Regardless of which format you use, citations of archival materials typically include six 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
2. Name of fonds or collection: the name given by the archives to the fonds or collection
3. Reference code: the equivalent of a library call number used to locate a book
4. Box number: the number of the box in which the archival record is physically stored
5. Folder number: the number of the folder in which the archival record in physically stored
6, Repository and location: the name of the archives or library and its geographic location