Series VPRS 3841
Registered and Unregistered Inward and Outward 'Secret' Correspondence
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Date Range: Series ? 1939 - ? 1949
  Series in Custody 1939 - 1949
  Contents 1939 - 1949
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
1939 - 1949 Department of the Premier (also known as Premier's Department 1960-1982) VA 2717
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1982 - cont Department of the Premier and Cabinet VA 1039
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List for VPRS 3841 to obtain the required unit number.

    Researchers should note that VPRS 4652 also contains items of registered inward secret correspondence (see discussion below for more details).

  • Function / Content
    This series was previously registered with the title Copies of Secret Inward Correspondence. In 1999 the series title was changed to Registered and Unregistered Inward and Outward Secret Correspondence. The new series title more accurately reflects the contents of this series. They consist of various items of correspondence, including telegrams, letters and memoranda, related to subject matter identified as secret by the agency, including war-time correspondence from the Prime Minister and the 1949 Royal Commission into the Communist Party.

    The recordkeeping system which resulted in the accumulation of unregistered, registered, inward and outward secret correspondence items is not known, nor is the date range of this series. For this reason, the date range of the contents of this series has been used.

    It would seem from the documentation for this series that it was previously thought that this series contained duplicates of registered inward correspondence which could also be found in VPRS 4652 Registered Inward Secret Correspondence. However, VPRS 3841 was found to contain original items of inward registered correspondence not to be found in VPRS 4652.

    The registered inward correspondence in this series is controlled by VPRS 4653 Register of Secret Inward Correspondence. Researchers should consult both VPRS 4652 and VPRS 3841 if searching for a particular item of registered inward secret correspondence.

    Other records in this series are unregistered inward and outward correspondence items, related to secret subject matter.

  • Recordkeeping System
    There is no discernible system of arrangement for the records in this series.

    The items of registered inward correspondence in this series are controlled by VPRS 4653 Register of Secret Inward Correspondence.

    Researchers searching for a particular item of registered inward secret correspondence should also consult VPRS 4652.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1939 - 1949 Register of Inward 'Secret' Correspondence VPRS 4653
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1939 - 1949 Open 1
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1939 - 1949 Register of Inward 'Secret' Correspondence VPRS 4653
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