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University Archives: Citing Archival Sources

This guide will introduce you to the University Archives at Forsyth Library and serve as a starting point to help you begin your original research.

When Citing Materials from the Archives

How you will cite materials from the Archives depends on the preferred citation style of your instructor or field. Citation styles such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Chicago Manual of Style, etc. will each have different requirements.  

Be sure to ask your instructor how they would like you to cite your archival source material. You can also use a guide for whatever citation style you are working with to help cite your archival sources. 

The Information You Will Need For Your Citation

Information you may need when writing your citation: 

  • the author or creator of the source
  • the title or name of the source 
  • page (if applicable) 
  • date 
  • name of the collection where the item was found
  • container number or label
  • folder number or label
  • name and location of the repository where the source was found (example: Fort Hays State University Archives, Forsyth Library, Hays, Kansas.)   


If you have any questions or problems finding this information feel free to contact the University Archivist:

David Obermayer

(785) 628-5282

Sample Citations

Here are some ways you could cite an archival primary source document found at the University Archives. 

Kansas Oral History Project interview with Earl Boyle conducted by Pat Samson in 1974, housed in folder 7 box 44, held by Fort Hays State University Archives, Forsyth Library. 

American Psychological Association:

Samson, P. (1974, October 11). [Transcript of Oral History Interview with Earl Boyle]. Kansas Oral History Project, 1970-1977, Fort Hays State University Archives (Box 44, Folder 7), Forsyth Library, Hays, KS.

Modern Language Association:

Samson, Pat. Transcript of Oral History Interview with Earl Boyle. 11 October 1974. Kansas Oral History Project, 1970-1977. Fort Hays State University Archives, Forsyth Library, Hays.

Chicago Manual of Style:

Earl Boyle, interview by Pat Samson, October 11, 1974, interview number 74-34, transcript, Box 44, Folder 7, Kansas Oral History Project 1970-1977, Fort Hays State University Archives, Hays, KS.

Citation Style Guides

FHSU APA Guide: quick citation guide with examples.

FHSU MLA Guide: quick citation guide with examples.

FHSU Chicago Style Guide: quick citation guide with examples.