Registry (files)

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The registry is the body specially charged with the management of records . One distinguishes

  • the central registry with responsibility for an entire authority , institution, etc. Ä. ( Registrar ) and
  • the departmental registry with correspondingly limited responsibility.

Instead of a registry, a so-called clerk filing system or electronic records management is often used with the same functions .

The term “registry” comes from the time before the office reform , when the registry was even more important in the course of business, and alludes to the registration of individual (paper) documents in the business diary .


In addition to storing the document containers, the registry and its alternatives are equally responsible for the following tasks:

  • Appropriate file creation in consultation with the responsible clerks
  • Allocation of file titles, file numbers according to the file plan (registry plan ) and number
  • Management of the file directory
  • Filing of documents in the corresponding file, if necessary removal for processing
  • if necessary, keeping the table of contents of the file
  • in individual cases registration of documents
  • Management of deadline and resubmission lists and timely provision of files
  • Monitoring of retention periods , etc.
  • Processing of the submission of files to repository (old registry) and archive

A part of the written material whose processing has been completed and whose retention period has started with the completion of the processing is referred to as an old registry .

As a rule, files from authorities must be offered to the responsible archive after the retention period has expired ( archive obligation ). This transfer is partly made earlier to an interim archive (USA: record center ) which was set up for the federal authorities in Sankt Augustin near Bonn and in Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten near Berlin and which takes on the function of an old registry.

ISO DIN 15489 -1 / -2 Information and documentation - Records management as an international standard provides guidance on the management of records of public and private organizations. At the European level, MoReq (Model Requirements) was created, a standard for electronic filing management (Records Management).

The registry of an authority forms the basis for administrative action and is therefore a fundamental element of its knowledge management . In Germany, the DOMEA concept represents the technical and functional basis for document management and electronic archiving in the field of public administration .


  • Pulling means removing a file from the registry.
  • Inserting, also repositioning, means that a file is filed in the registry.

See also


  • Reinhold Guenther Dannert: The registry . Hirzel, Berlin 1929
  • Thea Miller: The German Registratur . Calgary 1973 (PDF, 5.1 MB)
  • Reichskuratorium für Wirtschaftlichkeit (Ed.): The document filing (registry). Suggestions based on experience with private companies and authorities . Spaeth & Linde, Berlin

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