Series VPRS 2873
General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System
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Date Range: Series 1976 - cont
  Series in Custody 1976 - 2011
  Contents 1976 - 2011
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1979 - cont Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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1979 - cont Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Consult the consignment details to identify files of interest.

  • Function / Content
    The files contain correspondence, reports, and documents relating to all of the activities and service functions of the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) in pursuit of its objects of preserving, managing and ensuring the effective utilisation of the public records of Victoria.

    The records relate to all functions of the Public Record Office Victoria including the following:

    * Management
    Includes files containing correspondence and reports relating to policy development and long range planning, legislation, special projects, management liaison with government agencies, publications and publicity, staff training, conferences and seminars, and general financial, personnel, and facilities administration.

    * Records Management Services
    Files contain correspondence with client agencies on all aspects of records management including disposal scheduling and advice regarding transfers of records into PROV custody. The files include working papers, copies of records disposal schedules, forms/documentation regarding records disposition and destruction authorisations.

    * Reference Services
    Includes inquiries from the public seeking information contained in the holdings of the PROV. Also includes files concerning public access facilities, special research projects, public use statistics and regional services.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The correspondence files in this series are controlled in two ways. Firstly, they are allocated an annual single number comprising a year prefix and a consecutive number. For example, file number 84/0012 represents the twelfth file created in 1984. Numbers revert to 1 at the start of each year (so the first file created in 1985 would be 85/0001). The numbers are allocated consecutively as files are opened and without reference to subject or activity.

    Secondly, file classifications are controlled through a List of Authorised File Classifications. The classification system specifies a number of primary and secondary headings relating to particular function/activity areas, such as the provision of records management services to client agencies (Client classification) or liaison with other organisations or archives (Relations classification). Actual file titles are not controlled.

    Between 1981 and circa 1988, the correspondence files were controlled by the central registry of the Department of Property and Services (VA 430) which was responsible for the PROV. The files remained with the PROV and retained the same classification system, but were registered externally. This accounts for gaps in the file number sequence during this period.

    A card index was created for the files registered for 1979 and 1980. The Index is divided into six sections:
    - Administration
    - Committees
    - Organisations
    - Programmes
    - Publications
    - Public Offices.

    Each section is further divided into subheadings. File titles and file numbers are entered on the cards under these keyword headings.

    In 1981, a system of microfilming files and papers to be filed, was introduced in an attempt to create a paperless office. Each of the resulting microfiche represented a single file which was added to as new documents were received or generated. Staff were expected to refer to the microfiche file. As at 1996 the microfiche files have not been formally accessioned as state archives.

    From 1981 to 1987 when correspondence files were registered by the Department of Property and Services, the PROV maintained its own list of files and indexes to files. Some of the indices were microform outputs from the Departmental Registry. Others were created in house by the PROV. See VPRS 12487 Indices to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System.

    Not all files are maintained centrally within the PROV. At various times certain groups of files have been physically located within the section of the office vested with responsibility for the functions documented within them. For example, Client Access files have traditionally been maintained with the Context Control section of PROV. The dispersion of the files in this way accounts for the content and arrangement of some of the consignments of this series.

    Related Records

    Working files created by the first two Keepers of Public Records have been maintained separately (see VPRS 5716, Keepers Working Files).

    In 1995 a data base was established (using Microsoft Access software) to control the files. The database is used to search for file titles and to generate lists of active files.

    Between 1979 and ?1984 correspondence files were established for each request for genealogical information.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1979 - 1980 Subject Card Index to General Correspondence Files VPRS 10981
1981 - 1987 Indices to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12487
1984 - 1987 File List, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12488
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- 1979 Reference Correspondence Files VPRS 1918
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1979 - 1980 Open 99
P0001 1981 - 1995 Open 59
P0002 1981 - 1993 Open 5
P0003 1986 - 1997 Open 5
P0004 1981 - 1996 Open 5
P0005 ? 1979 - ? 1990 Open 7
P0006 ? 1981 - ? 1997 Open 77
P0007 1981 - 2008 Open 10
P0008 1981 - 2011 Open 22
P0009 1981 - 2009 Open 76
P0010 1993 - 2008 Open 40
P0011 1991 - 2008 Open 12
P0012 1985 - 2008 Open 35
P0013 1976 - 2009 Open 24
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1979 - 1980 Subject Card Index to General Correspondence Files VPRS 10981
1981 - 1987 Indices to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12487
1984 - 1987 File List, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12488
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