Author: Government recordkeeping

Behind every archive, lies a framework—an Archival Control Model (ACM)—which provides the foundation for documenting and arranging the records in a collection.

The ACM used at PROV is a forward-looking and flexible model that forms the basis of our archival systems and catalogues.

Using the three main entities of Record, Agent and Function, the model represents physical and digital records and their context.

Arranging and describing the records consistently using these entities of the model, helps users to locate, access and understand the records in the PROV collection.

flow chart that starts with a box stating 'records' flowing down relationships to functions and agents


Want more information?

See our Archival Control Model topic page for a description of the ACM and entities.

Read this ‘Planning for the archives of the future’ IQ journal article.

Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples