How to Cite the Emancipation Proclamation in a Paper

Updated March 23, 2017

By the time you get to college, you're probably aware that you need to cite all sources in a reference list at the end of your paper. However, some sources are easier to cite than others. Luckily, the National Archives of the United States offers guidelines for the citation of documents housed in the National Archives, including the Emancipation Proclamation.

List the title of the document, followed by a comma.

Emancipation Proclamation,

List the date on which the speech was given, followed by a semicolon.

January 1, 1863;

List the collection title, followed by a semicolon.

Presidential Proclamations, 1791-1991;

List the records group that the document is contained in, followed by a semicolon.

Record Group 11;

List the name of the general collection, followed by a semicolon.

General Records of the United States Government;

List the location in which the collection is housed, followed by a period.

National Archives.

Ensure that the finished citation appears as follows:

Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863; Presidential Proclamations, 1791-1991; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives.

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