Citing Special Collections Materials

Citations for archival materials quoted or referred to should include complete and accurate information. Patrons using these Special Collections materials are required to fill out and sign our Patron Registration Form. By signing this form, patrons agree to abide by its guidelines.

Publication. Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

  • If Special Collections materials are to be published, mounted, displayed, or broadcast, citations should follow this format: [Item identification, name of collection], Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

For bibliographies, archival collections should be alphabetized in a separate section from individual published sources.

If you use Special Collections materials for publication or other similar use, please fill out our Intent to Publish form.

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