Citing TNA war diaries

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by PHIL85, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. PHIL85

    PHIL85 Member

    Hi all - I wanted to see if there is a consensus on how to cite TNA held War Diaries in written research?

    I can come up with a citation method but wanted to see if there’s something most people abide to. Apologies if this has been asked before, I searched the forum but couldn’t see anything.

  2. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    "TNA: WO 171/1111- Regiment/unit, 6 June 1944."

    To be very anal, there is supposed to be a space after the department letters (e.g. "WO "). There has been a recent trend in publications to omit this (e.g. WO171/1111), don't know why, it's incorrect and a bad move if storing references in a database.

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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Amen to the advice on database entry.
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  4. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Sorry to add to your options, but an alternative that I have seen recently (inc Monty's Men by John Buckley) is to add United Kingdom to the front of the reference. He uses:

    UK NA WO 171/155, 'Summary of Views Expressed at an RA Conference', 21st Army Group HQ, 27 September 1944.

    Lee will be pleased to note the space after WO! :D

    That allows him to use US NA for references to documents in the US National Archives.


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  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I'm not disputing what you say and I may be misremembering, but doesn't the U.S. National Archive use the Prefix 'NN' to denote records they have catalogued, not 'NA'?

    Edit: Think I've misremembered.
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  6. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    The US archives are known, and typically cited, as NARA (National Archives and Records Administration).

    The British National Archives abbreviates itself as TNA (The National Archives).

    Personally I'd prefer the old name PRO - Public Record Office.
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  7. PHIL85

    PHIL85 Member

    Thanks all, appreciate your valuable input

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