Definitions for "Vital records"
Records without which an organisation could not continue to operate – ie those containing information needed to re-establish the organisation in the event of a disaster. Vital records are those that protect the assets and interests of the organisation as well as those of its clients and shareholders. [15
Records of birth, death, marriage or divorce.
Records or documents, for legal, regulatory, or operational reasons, cannot be irretrievably lost or damaged without materially impairing the organization's ability to conduct business.