Citing A Personal Memoir

How would I go about citing a personal memoir that is held at a state historical society and copies are among the family including myself?. I decided to make citing easier so I want to use the historical society version since I have used information from both my copy and the society's, my reasoning being if someone outside the family wanted to get a copy they know what archive to go to. I feel like the closest format would be using the example archived material as shown in 3.14 using the author as lead or should I just use a book citation format without having a publisher listed?. I looked at the examples for diaries and journals but those didn't seem to fit either since they're referring to manuscripts and this is not.

Submitted byEEon Tue, 04/27/2021 - 08:54

Tower19, you say the document is not a manuscript. Are you using the word "manuscript" to mean "written out by hand"?  Is it an unpublished typescript? Or is it a publication, with a title page that usually cites publisher, place & date? Publication—i.e., availability—is the basic difference between citing it as 3.14 or using a book format. 

If you are uncertain as to whether it is published (and, therefore, available to others at locations other than the historical society), you might check and the Library of Congress catalog at 

Submitted byTower19on Tue, 04/27/2021 - 16:47

It is not a manuscript, that's why I didn't think citing it as a diary or journal was appropriate, Its typed out. 

The memoir is found on worldcat, here is the link,

I wasn't sure if it should be considered published just because its found in a couple of historical societies, but since it is found on wordcat does that mean its a published work?




Submitted byEEon Fri, 04/30/2021 - 08:20

Hello, again, Tower19. Thanks for the link to the catalog entry at  I'm pasting in a SnagIt with one passage highlighted. Note, toward the bottom under "Details," WorldCat tells us that the item is a typescript. 

EE 3.29 "Diaries, Journals & Authored Manuscripts" covers typescript memoirs and should work well in this case. Just substitute the details. You can either cite it to your own possession or to the library where you found it.



Submitted byTower19on Fri, 04/30/2021 - 11:35

Thank you for pointing that out I didn't connect that was saying what kind of work it was. It seems pretty straight forward, this is what I came up with for a citation:

Carter, Muriel Partington, transcriber, “My most memorable day” (typescript, ca. 1974), p. 1; copy at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston Massachusetts.