There are two main collecting units in the Special Collections and Archives (SCA) Department: the Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) and the Regional History Center and University Archives (RHCUA). Researchers can discover materials in all collection areas using this website and ArchivesSpace.
The RBSC book and publication holdings can be searched using the library catalog. Similarly, titles from a small book collection in the RHCUA can be found searching the library catalog. All books from the SCA collection are non-circulating and must be used onsite.
ArchivesSpace is an open-source archival database that provides access to all published SCA finding aids. Finding aids are documents that describe archival collections, primarily consisting of an inventory and information about a collection’s provenance and arrangement. Finding aids related to the RBSC collecting areas are available online. RBSC archival material holdings range from single items and small groups of letters to full collections of papers. A large portion of these collections are comprised of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American (SFWA) author’s papers.
The majority of individuals that come to the Regional History Center and University Archives are asked by professors to cite using the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). The following examples demonstrate the Chicago Style, which can be used as a guideline for another style of preference. When using CMOS to document items from the Regional History Center and University Archives it is important to note that there is a difference between notes (foot or end) and bibliography citations.
Citations occurring in your text as foot or end notes list the item title as the first element.
Letter to J.F. Glidden from Superior Barbed Wire Co., 29 February 1896, Glidden House, box 1, folder 12, RC 6, J. F. Glidden Papers, Regional History Center and University Archives at Northern Illinois University.
Student Affairs Newsletter, 1973, box 1, folder 8, UA 39, Student Affairs Office, Regional History Center and University Archives at Northern Illinois University.
Citations within a bibliography list the collection title first, followed by the author and repository name.