Style request: National Archives and Records Administration

Hi there, I use Chicago 17th and full note, and I can't seem to figure out how to get it to fit with the NARA style. And considering my thesis is going to be using the NARA files a lot, I definitely need to know! It's fairly specific, and would probably benefit from its own style tbh...

https://www.archives.gov/files/publications/general-info-leaflets/17-citing-records.pdf

The general format is this: item (report, letter, map, photo, etc); file unit; series; subgroup; record group ###; archive based on physical location.

So, for an example, let's use this letter found in the NARA: https://imgur.com/a/ooTfem9

The citation would be "Lilly Neubauer to Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point, September 24, 1950; Ardelia Hall Collection: Wiesbaden Administrative Records (National
Archives Microfilm Publication M1947, roll 0046); Restitution Claim Records; German; RG 260; National Archives at College Park, MD."

Quite frankly, I think if the general format was made with drop downs for the archive location, it'd be super. I am not smart enough to figure out how to code all that madness lol.
  • See this for how to request a style. There is information missing.
    https://github.com/citation-style-language/styles/wiki/Requesting-Styles
  • edited 7 days ago
    Ok, so from my best guess this would be the citations.
    Edit: when citing a source more than once, I suppose that the first footnote is the full citation (bibliographic), but also has the shortened versions of the category in parentheses. Example would be like "The Varieties of Capitalism and Hybrid Success by John L. Campbell and Ove K. Peterson (Varieties of Capitalism and Hybrid Success by Campbell and Peterson); ..."

    In text/footnotes:
    Firms and the Welfare State by Mares; Eds. Hall and Soskie, 2001, p. 184-213; Varieties of Capitalism.

    Varieties of Capitalism and Hybrid Success by Campbell and Peterson; Vol. 40, Iss. 3, p. 307-332; Comp. Polit. Stud., 2007.

    Bibliography:
    Firms and the Welfare State: When, Why, and How Does Social Policy Matter to Employers?, by Isabela Mares; Edited by Peter A Hall and David Soskie, 2001, p. 184-213; Varieties of Capitalism. The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage.

    The Varieties of Capitalism and Hybrid Success by John L. Campbell and Ove K. Peterson; Volume 40, Issue 3, p. 307-332; Comparative Political Studies, March 1, 2007.
  • Hi,

    I'm struggling with those guidelines and matching that to the examples you gave. Is there a example publication anywhere? If behind a wall, can you upload it somewhere and sent it over?
  • I think this is a misunderstanding of what the NARA citations are:
    They are suggested citations for archival records in the National Archives -- different citation styles would still cite them differently, though should include the same information.

    Zotero's archive fields are a bit crude (we're hoping to improve that) but for now you'd put
    "Ardelia Hall Collection: Wiesbaden Administrative Records (National
    Archives Microfilm Publication M1947, roll 0046); Restitution Claim Records; German; RG 260; " into the Loc. in Archive field and

    "National Archives at College Park, MD"
    into the archive field and Zotero's Chicago Manual style would handle this appropriately.
  • OK, I see, so the NARA citations are not necessarily it's own unique style then? If not that certainly makes this whole post null, and apologies for wasting any time! D:
  • Correct -- you don't need to follow the exact format NARA suggests when using a given citation style, but you should heed their recommendations for what to include in a citation.
    So for example, Chicago Manual would never use semicolons between different citation elements, and you should do so when citing NARA documents in a document otherwise using Chicago Manual citations.
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