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When and Where
  • 4/2/2020 9:00 AM CDT
  • 4/2/2020 5:00 PM CDT
  • 3/3/2020 12:00 AM CST
  • ONLINE
  • Christopher Prom
  • Patricia Patterson

This course was originally scheduled for April 2, 2020 in Providence, RI. Due to COVID-19 concerns and cancellations, this course will be held ONLINE. This course WILL count towards the in-person requirement for the DAS program.


Class size is limited to ensure interaction between the instructor and participants.


Email is a story keeper and a storyteller; over 3.5 billion people currently use email, and on an average day, 281 billion messages are sent and received. Amidst the daily chatter, email evidence accumulates, and the future historian bides their time until the day when they can sift through the email archives, piecing together tomorrow’s histories.


To enable this future research, libraries and archives must capture, preserve, and provide access to the evidence that email holds. Yet to date, relatively few archival programs have taken that leap in a systematic way. Part of the problem is complexity. Email is not one thing, but a complicated interaction of technical subsystems for composition, transport, viewing, and storage. Archiving email involves multiple processes. Archivists must build trust with donors, appraise collections, capture them from many locations, process email records, meet privacy and legal considerations, preserve messages and attachments, and facilitate access.


Fees: Advance / Regular 


SAA Members: $199 / $249

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $299

Nonmembers: $279 / $349


Credits: .75 CEUs, 5 ARCs, 1 DAS Tools & Services