List of General Correspondence Files, Registry 01 Corporate Management Division
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- How to use the Records
Use this series to access VPRS 12607 General Correspondence Files, Registry 01 Corporate Management Division. It contains a list of Registry 01 files in file number order (VPRS 12606/P1) and a list arranged alphabetically by file title (VPRS 12606/P2).
Use the lists to identify files that may be relevant to your research. Note the file number of each file of interest. The file number is a combination of the numbers shown in the columns headed "File Year", "Registry", "File Sequence", and "File Part". Then refer to the Records Description List for VPRS 12607 General Correspondence Files, Registry 01 Corporate Management Division, to determine if the files are in Public Record Office Custody. Not all Registry 01 files have necessarily been transferred.
- Function / Content
The series consists of a list of files registered on the computer-based Records and Correspondence Management System (RCMS), under Registry 01 Corporate Management Division. It was created by exporting file data from the RCMS system into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. It is an artificial series, created by the Department of Justice at the request of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), to provide access to VPRS 12607 General Correspondence Files, Registry 01 Corporate Management Division.
The list captured the file number, key-term classification, file title, and certain additional information for each file.
Organisation of the Data:
The data is organised into 13 columns, or fields, presumably corresponding to discrete fields within the RCMS database.
The columns, from left to right, are as follows:
1. FILE.YEAR - The year the file was raised.
2. REGISTRY - The number of the registry in which the file has been registered on the RCMS system. The files referred to by this series were registered under Registry 01 Corporate Management Division.
3. FILE SEQUENCE - The sequential number allocated to each file as it is raised. Numbers start again from one each year.
4. FILE PART - The part number of the file.
The FILE.YEAR, REGISTRY, FILE SEQUENCE, and FILE PART fields, taken together, provide the file number.
5. KEY TERM - In theory, this is term used to describe the principle subject area of the file.
6. DESCRIPTOR.1, DESCRIPTOR.2 and DESCRIPTOR.3 (Columns 6 to 8) - In theory, these are narrower terms used to break the general subject area into smaller, more specific areas.
7. KWOC.1, KWOC.2, KWOC.3, and KWOC.4 (Key Word Out of Context) (Columns 9 to 12) - Provide for free text description of the file.
The KEY-TERM, DESCRIPTOR, and KWOC fields, taken together, provide the file title.
In practice, many different terms have been used in the key-term and descriptor fields. There appears to have been little control over the creation of new terms and the way in which the terms are used.
8. ADD.FILE.INFO (Additional File Information) - This field contains useful information about previous and subsequent files, related files, file closure, and so forth.
Identifying Top-numbered Files:
This series also records the original file numbers for files that have been top-numbered into VPRS 12607 from other correspondence registries that operated in the Law Department in the 1980's. The details are as follows:
Files top-numbered from the Central Correspondence Registry (VPRS 266 Inward Registered Correspondence 1857-1986) - the original file number is recorded in the field "ADD.FILE.INFO".
Files top-numbered from the Courts Management Division Registry (VPRS 12705 General Correspondence Files, Courts Management Division) - the original file number is recorded in the fields "KWOC 3" and "KWOC 4".
Files top-numbered from the Buildings and Property Registry - the original file number is recorded in the field "KWOC 4".
Files top-numbered from the Human Resource Management Registry - the original file number is recorded in the field "KWOC 4".
Files top-numbered from RCMS Registry 02 Courts and Tribunals Division - the original file number is recorded in the fields "KWOC 3" and "KWOC 4".
Researchers should not discount the possibility that file numbers may be recorded in fields other than those specified above.
- Recordkeeping System
There are three consignments in the series:
VPRS 12606/P1 is a list of files in file number order. It is a copy of the original data export file that has been reformatted by PROV to increase readability. The column headings have been retyped and formatted in bold, the columns widened, and the text alignment adjusted in each cell. No data has been altered or erased.
VPRS 12606/P2 is a list of files sorted alphabetically by key term. This list is useful because it lists files that relate to a particular subject together. It is also a copy of the original data export file that has been reformatted by PROV to increase readability. No data has been altered or erased.
VPRS 12606/P3 is the original data export file as transferred to PROV. No re-formatting has been done on the file. The data appears exactly as it was transferred to PROV. The list is arranged in file number order.
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