Email Archiving

Email Archiving at Harvard Library

Since surfacing in the 1970s as a modern method of communication exchange, email has been a significant record of history. It has been used for decades as a tool for correspondence, business matters, and government transactions. As a record, it exposes what people convey and receive, as well as when and how they do so. Recognizing email as a critical documentation of life in the digital age, Harvard Library supports the curatorial work necessary to steward email collections. Harvard Library has been an active participant in the email archiving community since 2009, when the Email Archiving System (EAS) was developed as a local solution for processing and preserving email records. The program continues to grow through engagement and collaboration with the greater email archiving community.