L’Histoire sans Lettres

How will future biographers do their work?

I’ve been reading a lot of biography lately, and the vast array of detail and context historians can derive from personal letters is immense. The things is, letters were not throw-away items. They were real, physical, actual pieces of correspondence to be kept and cherished.

What will future biographers do with a plastic, electronic history? One that’s full of deleted emails, misplaced blogs?