Citing Library Material

How Do I Cite Material From the Library?


There is no universal format for citing materials from this archival depository. While the Library cannot require the use of a standard form of footnote by researchers in their writings, it is important that citations clearly indicate the location of items. This will help the researcher who may want to use the material again, the Library staff who may be asked for cited documents, and other researchers.

A citation should identify completely the particular document used by type, name of sender and recipient, date, file folder title, box number, series (if applicable), collection, and the Library. Other information may be given, but citations should be kept simple.

The following fictitious citations may be helpful:
  • Memorandum of conversation, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, and Harold Macmillan, June 22, 1958, DDE Diary - June 1958 (4), Box 30, DDE Diaries Series, Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower as President, 1953-61, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.
  • Christian A. Herter to Dwight D. Eisenhower, March 31, 1959, Great Britain 1959 (3), Box 22, International Series, Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower as President, 1953-61, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower to Richard B. Russell, September 27, 1959, Official File 142-A-5-A, Box 732, White House Central Files, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.
  • Bryce N. Harlow to Dwight D. Eisenhower, August l8, 1954, in folder for speech of August 19, 1954, Box 4, Speech Series, Records of Bryce N. Harlow, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.
  • George A. Jacoby to Howard L. Bevis, June 26, 1957, Letters to Corporations and Editors, Box 19, General Subject Series, Records of the President's Committee on Scientists and Engineers, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.
  • William P. Rogers to Dwight D. Eisenhower, May 20, 1959, Box 8, Chronological Series, William P. Rogers Papers, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.