Quotation marks, newspaper clipping/ newsletter clipping.

Dear EE,

Punctuation has always been my Achilles heel. Faced with a punctuation question I will try to find an answer using Google. This time I was not successful. I have the attached newsletter clipping to cite. The clipping is from a newsletter, The Rose of St. Therese the exact issue and date are unknown but the article tells me that it was published in the summer of 1986. 

As you can see the article begins with a single quote. Both a newspaper clipping, 3.36 and a newsletter, 7.26 begin with the title of the article in quotes. Following the standard, the start of my citation would have three quotes. This seems strange to me although it might be correct. It also seems incorrect to use two quotes leaving out the initial one in the article. Is it acceptable to use a space between the double quote and the single quote? There must be some rule about this somewhere?

This is what I have come up with.

“ ‘Wedding Memories’ gowns of yesteryear,” The Rose of St. Therese, newsletter, St. Therese Home Inc. (New Hope, Minnesota), undated clipping ca. summer 1986, p. 6; The Gilchrest Family Archive, Series 2 BMD Artifacts, Box 4, Section B Marriage Artifacts filed alphabetically, privately held by Ann C Gilchrest. This clipping was sent to Patricia Gilchrest nee Schindler by her aunt Eleanor Schindler. Patricia Gilchrest passed the clipping to The Gilchrest Family Archive in 2019.

Thank you,

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Submitted byEEon Sun, 11/17/2019 - 17:59

Ann, your instincts are on target. EE would have punctuated it just as you did. And yes, there are times, when using the " and ' in sequence, that EE will leave a space between. With some fonts—or depending upon the spacing of a particular line of text—the two may be too close together. The ideal would be to use a "thin space," if that's possible in your word processing software. When working with Word where I don't have a thin-space option, I'll "kern" the pair manually, using a regular space, then reducing the size of the space down to the smallest point-size that the programs allows.