Citing Manuscripts/Archival Material correctly with MHRA

I would love it if Zotero was able to cite Archival material correctly using MHRA as follows:-

11.2.9 Manuscripts
Names of repositories and collections should be given in full in the
first instance and an abbreviated form should be used for subsequent
references. The degree of abbreviation which may be acceptable will
depend upon the frequency with which a particular repository, collection,
or manuscript is referred to and upon any possible ambiguities. The
names of manuscript collections should be given in roman type without
quotation marks and the citation of manuscripts within collections
should be according to the system of classification of the repository.
The following examples show a suggested method of citation for first
references and possible models for later references. Note that, because of
the danger of ambiguity, the abbreviations ‘fol.’ and ‘fols’ are preferred
to ‘f.’ and ‘ff.’. The abbreviated and superscript forms for ‘recto’ and
‘verso’ are also preferred.

First reference: London, British Library, MS Cotton Caligula D III,
fol. 15
Later references: MS Cotton Caligula D III, fols 17v–19r
First reference: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 277
Later references: MS Bodley 277
First reference: Sheffield Central Library (CL), MS Fitzwilliam E.209
Later references: Sheffield CL, MS Fitzwilliam E.209
First reference: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), MS fonds
français 1124
Later references: BnF, MS f. fr. 1124
First reference: Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana (BRF), MS 2306
Later references: BRF, MS 2306, fol. 10r

It would make life so much easier for us Early Modern historians!

  • I second this. I believe implementing this would require some additions to the fields; do we know whether this situation will be covered in the forthcoming update?
  • Hi,

    From a quick search of the forums this issue has been raised on a number of occasions, but it does not appear to have been addressed as far as I can see.

    It seems like a serious limitation with Zotero for historians, who often work primarily with archival sources and also tend to use the MHRA citation style.

    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.


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