Guide to Bibliographic Citations

Correct citation format for SFMOMA Exhibition Records

[Item description including date], folder title including exhibition dates, Exhibition Records, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Exhibition:
  • Mark Rothko
    August 13–September 8, 1946
  • Mark Rothko to Grace L. McCann Morley, August 20, 1946; Mark Rothko, August 13–September 8; Exhibition Records, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives

Citation format for SFMOMA Administrative Records

[Item description including date], box year and folder title, series title, Administrative Records, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Example (correspondence) from the Director’s Office series of the Administrative records:
  • Ansel Adams to Grace McCann Morley, 11 July 1943, 1943 Artist’s Correspondence, Office of the
  • Director 1935–1956, Administrative Records, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Citation format for Unprocessed Materials

[Item description including date], Unprocessed Material, [series title if known], Administrative Records, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.
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[Item description including date], Unprocessed Material, [exhibition title and exhibition dates], Exhibition Records, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Examples of item descriptions:
  • Correspondence – please identify specifically as in examples above. You do not need to specify format for letters, but please specify other forms of correspondence (e.g. telegrams, memoranda).
  • Check-list, date
  • Press release, date
  • Shipping document–[to/from whom] shipping document, date
  • Loan document–[to/from whom] loan document, date
  • Exhibition poster–[name of exhibition] poster, date
  • Exhibition brochure–[name of exhibition] brochure, date

Citation format for Photographs Collection

Title including description, date, Call number, Photographs Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Example:
  • Folk Arts of the Far East, Installation, 1949, ARCH.PIC.1949.01.012.002, Photographs Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.
  • Symphony Luncheon, December 14, 1958, ARCH.PIC.1958.03.004.001, Photographs Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.

* Bibliographic citation only — not to be used for credit line. Credit line should include photographer as copyright holder and/or creator.