Edited version: What are great examples of comprehensively archived mathematical correspondence (including both handwritten and electronic items)?

Previous version : How should mathematicians archive their work-related output?

Context: here I'm thinking about drafts, and correspondence between mathematicians, either in the form of handwritten material or of emails. For example, I would find it fascinating to read, say, the collection of Letters that Deligne sent to lots of people over the years (and the replies) [1], or the email exchanges between Green and Tao culminating in their theorem on primes in arithmetic progression.

[1] Some have been archived at IAS https://publications.ias.edu/book/export/html/2582 but they are missing lots of others like a letter to Cvitanovic https://birdtracks.eu/extras/Deligne96.pdf or those to Bar-Natan https://www.math.toronto.edu/~drorbn/Deligne/

  • $\begingroup$ Maybe "How should ..." is a bit too opinion-based(?) -- What about asking instead for examples of how people are actually doing it? $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Commented Feb 12, 2022 at 21:22
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I have edited the question accordingly. Is that suitable? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 12, 2022 at 22:14
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    $\begingroup$ To me, that seems o.k. -- but the final decision is to be made by the community. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Commented Feb 13, 2022 at 9:25
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    $\begingroup$ I have interpreted the upvotes as a lukewarm go-ahead, so I have posted the question (with a different context to stres the usefulness of email archives) mathoverflow.net/questions/416030/… $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 13, 2022 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ I thought that maybe (online-resources) would be a suitable tag for the question posted on main. (OTOH maybe it might cause impressions that the questions asks only about stuff available online.) On an unrelated note, have you considered adding link also into the post - rather than just in a comment? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 14, 2022 at 8:10
  • $\begingroup$ “Comprehensive archiving” is not a practical option anymore — eg do you have an archive of all your MO posts? So the great historical examples, great in part because someone else spent time archiving these mathematicians’ correspondence, leave a lot unanswered about what mathematicians should do now. $\endgroup$
    – user44143
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 20:17


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