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LSBU Harvard Referencing: Letter (from an online archive or collection)


Use the guidance on Letters (in an archive or collection) to reference letters found in physical archives.

Format of the reference

You will need:

  • Name of the author(s)
  • Year/s
  • Letter information eg. sender and recipient
  • Day and month
  • Name of Archive
  • Catalogue/reference number
  • Web address
  • Date accessed



Author Surname, Initials (Year) Letter information eg. sender and recipient, Day Month. [Letter]. Name of Archive. Catalogue/ reference number. Available from: [Accessed day month year].


Wallace, F.A. (1940) Frank Wallace to Winifred Wallace, 12 January. [Letter]. BBC WW2 People’s War. Article ID: A8793895. Available from: [Accessed 5 March 2021].

In-text citation: (Wallace, 1940)




LSBU Harvard Referencing Quick Guide