How do I cite ephemera from a museum?
Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.
To cite ephemera from a museum, follow the MLA format template. The works-cited-list entry below is for a nineteenth-century cigarette trading card shown on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. The website does not indicate the name of the card’s creator or its title, so the entry begins with a description. The company that issued the card, Kinney Brothers, is in the “Publisher” slot, followed by the date of issue. Then the name of the website and its publication details are provided in a second container:
Cigarette trading card depicting a French fifer. Kinney Brothers, 1888. The Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018, www.metmuseum.org/art/