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Special Collections Research Center

An introduction to primary research documents and archives held in the Special Collections Research Center of George Mason University Libraries

How to Cite Special Collections Materials

The following examples show the preferred method of citation for materials in the Special Collections Research Center. Publishers may require different forms of citation, but regardless of the final citation format, please include the collection's title, collection number, folder number (e.g., The Federal Theatre Project personal papers #C0227, Box 8, Folder 1), and a reference to the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries. Processed collections should all have box and folder numbers. 

Memorandum from Mona Blake, 17 May 1972, Mary Anne Lecos papers, C0183, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

From Board of Visitors Minutes January – April 1972, George Mason College Matters, Board of Visitors Records #R0003, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

From Jane Coutant Evans to Zelda Fichandler, 3 October 1988, Zelda Fichandler papers, C0010, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

From our prints and photographs collections:

President Nixon with singer Johnny Cash in the Oval Office, 26 July 1972, Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection, C0036, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

From our oral history collections:

Transcript of interview with Edwin B. Henderson by Ross Tucker, Negro Education – James Lee Elementary School, 13 June 1969, Northern Virginia Oral History Project collection, C0030, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.



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