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African American Primary Resources in the Special Collections Research Center: Citing Primary Sources

Sources found in the University of Kentucky Libraries.


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African American Experience 



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Citation form will depend on selected citation style.  Include basic information.

  • Repository: Where is the item held?

Example: Special Collections Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

  • Collection or Record Group

Example: Carl and Anne Braden Papers, 1954-1964

Example: Anne Braden Oral History Project

  • Series and/or Subseries


Interviewee: Reid Johnson

Interviewer: Jeff Suchanek

Date: June 24, 1994 

Collection title: Colonel Arthur L. Kelly American Veterans Oral History Project

Series: World War Two 

Interview summary: Buffalo Soldier Veterans (92nd Infantry Division) 

  • Box and Folder Title/Number


Box title: Special Collections Library, Vertical File, "Blacks in Appalachia"  

Folder title: Blacks 

Folder title: Appalachian Blacks 

  • The Document

Example: January of the Sojourner Memorial Calendar 1982. Eastern Kentucky Social Club. 

  • Entire Citation:


Document:   R. E. Hathway Post No.3593 (Colored), Lexington, KY. 

One page announcement on letterhead of Hugh McKee Post No.677, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Lexington, Kentucky.

Date:             December 29, 1938 

Folder title:     Negroes 

Box title:        Milward Collection (vertical file)

Box subtitle:   Moss Family-Newspapers

Special Collections Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky


Butler Photography. 2.5 X 3.5 Unknown subject, c.1890-1930. UK Special Collections Audio-Visual Archives. Lexington, KY. #2007av036_05_004   


Include basic information:

  • Artist name
  • Title
  • Date created
  • Archive name
  • Geographic location
  • Dimensions
  • Material or medium
  • Image id number
  • Online image - access date and web address