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Citing Archival Materials from the Archive

In general, the following elements need to be present in a citation of archival materials to assure that others will be able to precisely identify what is being cited and locate it in the future:

  • Repository where the item is held. This will always be the Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Collection or main record group in which the item is found, and collection identification number, if available.
  • Folder title in which the item is found, if available.
  • The item itself, including title, page, section, date information, and image or map number, if available.

Examples:

Photograph of Fort Collins Baseball Team, circa 1896. G.T. Wilkins Studio, Fort Collins. Historical Photograph Collection, H00838. The Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, CO.

Hodges, Annie P. letter to Mrs. A.L. Washburn. 24 January 1903. Box AW-1. Albina Washburn and Winona Washburn Taylor Collection. The Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, CO.

Lee Martinez Park Centennial Farm brochure, circa 1973. Martinez, Lee folder, Vertical Biographical Files Collection. The Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, CO.

Map of the Irrigated Farms of Northern Colorado, 1915. Created by R.W. Gelder. Historic Map Collection, CO00113. The Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, CO.

Citing the Fort Collins History Connection Website
When citing this website, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Author of page or information (if known)
  • Title of section of website, in quotations
  • Title of website in its entirety, underlined
  • Date website was last updated (if known)
  • Date of your visit to the site
  • Website URL, in angle brackets

Example:

Tresner, Charlene. "Fort Collins: Its History in a Nutshell." Fort Collins History Connection: An Online Collaboration of the Fort Collins Museum and the Poudre River Public Library District. 2009. 22 April 2009.
<http://history.fcgov.com/archive/cityhistory.php>

"Courier's Larimer County Directory 1917." Fort Collins History Connection: An Online Collaboration of the Fort Collins Museum and the Poudre River Public Library District. 2009. 20 April 2009.
<http://history.fcgov.com/u?/cd,2084>

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