[APG Public List] Citing a manuscript

Drew Smith drewsmithtpa at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 11:02:54 MST 2010


Jean,

Just out of curiosity, is the manuscript this one?

http://www.worldcat.org/title/samuel-macmillans-death-register-1850s-1911-washington-county-pennsylvania/oclc/19032677

Drew Smith

On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 8:40 AM, Jean Suplick <jean.suplick at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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