[APG Public List] Citing a manuscript

Larry Boswell laboswell at rogers.com
Thu Nov 25 07:37:26 MST 2010

I replied off list as to how I would write the citation, but want to mention on the list that I think the idea of constructing a title for an "untitled manuscript" (as previously recommended) is not a good idea.  Not as an imposed title anyway.  If you want to add something that refers to the content or intent of the manuscript then maybe add that in a note.  Constructing or imposing a title would be a mistake, and not reflect what the item actually is, an "untitled manuscript"


On 2010-11-25, at 8:40 AM, Jean Suplick wrote:

> First, thank you all the explanations and pointers regarding my
> questions about family tradition. It helped immensely.
> I have another source & citation puzzler. At least it is for me! I've
> read several different sections of EE, but my head is spinning at this
> point. I'm just too new to the fine points of citing sources to feel
> good about any of my attempts at this one so far.
> In the genealogical collection of a library is a photocopy of a
> manuscript. The original manuscript was apparently written in a bound
> notebook of lined leaves with numbered pages.) It is untitled. The
> author penned on the first page of the original notebook: "Compiled
> and Written by Samuel Mac Millan in 1914 in the 85 year of his age."
> On the first page of the photocopy is penned "Copied from original
> owned by Dr. James T. Herron, Canonsburg, Pa." And another penned
> note, "Copy - Mrs. [private name], [private address]."
> So I have:
> - The author
> - No title, but I can construct one
> - A date for the manuscript
> - A pretty good idea of the location where the manuscript was created
> - A presumed possessor of the original manuscript (although I know he
> is deceased, I but have not located the current owner of the original)
> - The presumed previous owner of the original manuscript (got that
> from a different, reliable source)
> - Who photocopied the original and where they live, but not when it
> was photocopied.
> - The repository of the photocopy (a public library in the county in question)
> - It is not part of any collection of papers or series at the library,
> just a lone, cataloged item
> I'm looking for pointers on how to construct a source entry and a 1st
> reference for this.
> I think one of my confusions is how to note the provenance, sketchy as
> it is. It seems important to capture that for this particular work.
> Does one put a note at the end of the source entry? In square
> brackets? How long is too long?
> Thanks in advance,
> Jean Suplick

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