Apologies in advance for not being able to provide a sample sentence as specified in the single-wordrequests` tag, but this context/application is actually just a folder name (i.e. a paper file folder or computerized project folde). I am hoping for a short, meaningful, descriptive word that will:

encompasses the implication of "a particular collection of documents".

This may be impossibly broad because "anthology" or "collection" don't work in this context so I think I will have to refine this further to a more specific context.

The context presently in my mind: A collection of documents that may include for one or more people (please let me know if a different word should be used if it is personal or collective) include:

  • biographies
  • cover letters
  • resumes
  • specifically requested application documents

I considered

  • "Personal documents" (but this is far to vague)
  • "Applications" (but the content is not really an application, it may be used IN an application, but in and of itself, it's not really an application)
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    'Applicant Information'?
    – Spagirl
    May 31, 2016 at 15:45
  • Does it have to be a single word? You mention the 2-word "Personal documents" as being far too vague (which I agree with), but would two/three-word names that don't suffer [as much] from vagueness be welcome?
    – Papa Poule
    May 31, 2016 at 17:27
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    @PapaPoule "PersonalDocuments", "Personal_Documents" ... All good ways to get around space delimitation limitations in some applications on computers. That being said, the application is for a filing system so it's not ideal for too verbose of a solution, but I welcome you proposals!
    – EngBIRD
    May 31, 2016 at 17:56

3 Answers 3


You can try dossier defined by Merriam Webster as

 A group of papers that contain detailed information about someone or some thing.

File containing detailed records on a particular person or subject.

  • Thanks for such a fast response! I like it - I think it will work. If in about a day this remains the best option, I will accept it.
    – EngBIRD
    May 31, 2016 at 16:02
  • But "dossier" refers to a group of papers on a single topic, as your quoted definitions confirm. OP says that the collection "may include for one or more people" - so it's not clear to me whether OP's 'collection' is all on a single topic.
    – TrevorD
    May 31, 2016 at 17:32
  • @TrevorD Op will have to use it smartly.
    – vickyace
    May 31, 2016 at 17:37

Not a single-word name, but if it’s a sub-file of a file whose name already includes “Applications,” you could call it “Supporting Documentation,” which this About Careers article describes in paragraph 2 as including:
“a resume, a cover letter, transcripts, writing samples, Veterans' Preference documents, portfolios, certifications, a reference list, letters of recommendation, and other supporting documentation as specified in the job posting.”

If it’s a stand-alone file (or maybe even if it isn’t), you should probably add a third word, i.e., “Applicant’s” (or Applicants’ if it includes documents from more than one applicant): “Applicant’s/Applicants’ Supporting Documentation”


A term that is a little more generic would be bundle.

a group of things fastened together for convenient handling

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