Finding aid for Governor Beasley's correspondence, 1995-1999


Encoded Archival Description

Biography or History: unspecified

Custodial History: unspecified

Acquisition Information: South Carolina. Governor (1995-1999 : Beasley). Division of Ombudsman and Citizen Services.

Scope and Content: This series consists of a Filemaker Pro 3 (.fp3), Microsoft Access 97 database, and derivative database versions that provide index access to much of the correspondence of the Beasley gubernatorial administration. Some of the indexed correspondence was not transferred to the repository. The Beasley administration numbered incoming correspondence and tracked it through a FileMaker Pro database. Shortly after receipt of the database, this data was converted to Microsoft Access 97 by the repository and allows queries by name of correspondent and name of respondent. Some subject retrieval is possible through a keyword search of the Inquiry, Comment, Pro Legislation, and Con Legislation fields. Search results from the MS Access database are arranged by date received. Note that subjects of correspondence and personal names were not always entered in the database in a consistent way. Additional Filemaker (.fp7), Microsoft Access 2007 (.accdb), spreadsheet (.ods), comma-separated value (.csv), and eXtensible Markup Language (.xml) copies of the database were created in 2015 from the original Filemaker Pro database. The database contains records for over 72,000 pieces of correspondence. The original FileMaker contained reports used by the Division of Ombudsman and Citizen Services to track correspondence and generate statistics. Screenshots were taken of the original reports in FileMaker Pro to provide a representation of their original appearance and format.

Appraisal Information: unspecified

Accruals: no

Arrangement: unspecified

Conditions Governing Access: None

Conditions Governing Use: None

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: If attempting to access Filemaker Pro database, Filemaker Pro version 11 or earlier is necessary. If attempting to access the MS Access versions of the database, Microsoft Access 1997 or later is necesary. If attempting to access the spreadsheet or CSV version of the database, a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel is needed. If attempting to access the XML version of the database, a html viewer or text editor is necessary.

Other Finding Aid: None

Location of Originals: South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223

Alternative Form Available: None

Related Material: The constituent correspondence indexed by this database is located in series S 556037, Constituent correspondence, 1995-1999.

Bibliography: none

Other Descriptive Data: Optical media in this series housed in Box 1 of Optical Media Storage, 273A01. Records in XML format are the preferred preservation method; column headers are retained and data fields are not truncated as they are in spreadsheets or tab-separated value text files.

Processing Information: None


Encoded Archival Description - Identification

Unit Title: Finding aid for Governor Beasley's correspondence, 1995-1999

Accumulation: 1998-12-31T12:00:00.000Z

Created: 1998-12-31T12:00:00.000Z

Creator: South Carolina. Governor (1995-1999 : Beasley). Division of Ombudsman and Citizen Services.

Physical Description: CD-Rom

Language: English


Encoded Archival Description - Header

Identifier: s556049

Title Proper of the Finding Aid: Finding aid for Governor Beasley's correspondence, 1995-1999

Creation Date: 2015

Descriptive Rules: DACS


Finding aid for Governor Beasley's correspondence,...

Object Type: Collection

In Collection: Governor David M. Beasley

Finding aid for Governor Beasley's correspondence, 1995-1999
Finding aid for Governor Beasley's correspondence, 1995-1999