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Synonym: 

n. ~ A unique combination of letters and numbers used to identify a folder or item to facilitate storage and retrieval.

Notes: 

Reference codes are often hierarchical, made up of separate numbers for collection, series, folder, and item numbers, or collection, box, and folder numbers. For example, RC 15:56/21 might represent the 21st item in the 56th box in the 15th collection.