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Spring 2020 Workshop - Email Archiving: Strategies, Tools, Techniques [SAA] (Postponed)

  • 2020-04-02
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Providence Marriott Downtown | 1 Orms St, Providence, RI 02904

Email archiving: strategy, Tools, Techniques

SAA  |  das certificate program 

Instructors  |  Patricia Patterson, Harvard University; Christopher Prom, University of Illinois at Urbara-Champaign 


The leadership of New England Archivists (NEA) is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus developments and their implications for the Spring 2020 Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. The health, safety, and well-being of our community are our top priorities. At this time, the physical meeting in Rhode Island cannot proceed as planned. The leadership is considering all of NEA’s options and is working to determine the best course of action, including all digital and physical (later date) alternatives. See the full statement.

Register via SAA

Email is a chronicle of our time; over 3.5 billion people currently use email, and on an average day, 281 billion messages are sent and received. Confidential and convenient, it provides critical insight into the lives and decisions of institutions and individuals alike. To enable future scholarship and research, libraries and archives must capture, preserve, and provide access to the evidence that email holds. Yet email’s complexity has prevented many archives from approaching this work in a systematic way. Email is a complicated interaction of technical subsystems for composition, transport, viewing, and storage. And archivists must build trust with donors that are turning over these potentially sensitive accounts, capture the collections from many locations, process the multitude of email records, meet privacy and legal considerations, preserve messages and attachments, and facilitate access.

SAA has provided a $25 discount off the non-member SAA rate for NEA members. Login and find the discount code here:

Questions about registration? Please contact NEA's Registrar, David Read, at  Or, see our FAQ.

For questions or concerns about accessibility and/or disability accommodations that you would like addressed before registration, please contact NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator co-chairs Rosemary Davis and Rose Oliveira at for assistance.

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