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According to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition there is no agreement on the order of elements in archival and manuscript collection citations (17.222). So, while there is considerable freedom in archival citation forms, the author must order the citation elements consistently.
What Does Mss or MSS mean?
Both are abbreviations for "Manuscripts."
The Elements of Archives / Manuscripts Citation in Bibliographies
Author or creator of the collection
Type of records in the collection
Date span of collection
Manuscript or series number
Name of holding repository
Location of holding repository
Note that the first two bullets may be combined in the title of the collection. If that is the case, simply use the collection's title.
James Newman Clark Collection, 1867-1972. UHC249. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Grambling State University Exchange Program Records, 1970-1980. AS182. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Example: Wisconsin Historical Society Collction Housed at UW - Eau Claire
Uniroyal, Inc. Eau Claire Plant Records, 1917-1990. Eau Claire Mss CB. Wisconsin Historical Society. Records housed in Special Collections & Archives, McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Example: Wisconsin Historical Society Collection Housed at Another ARC
James Sibree Anderson Papers, 1829-1926. Green Bay Mss 133. Wisconsin Historical Society. Housed in the University Archives and Special Collections, Coffrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Green Bay, WI.