Dallas,Tx—The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/Home.aspx) on the Southern Methodist University (www.smu.edu) campus in Dallas won`t be open to the public until next year, but there`s already interest in the emails collected over the eight years of the administration.
Presidential archivists have about 200 million emails to sort through, which would come to about 600 million pages if printed.
In 2005, the group Citizens for Ethics and Reform in Government (www.citizensforethics.org/pages/untold-story-of-the-bush-white-house-emails) wanted emails related
to the leaking of the identity of CIA (www.cia.gov) operative Valerie Plame. But the White House said it couldn`t find about 5 million of them.
In all, the library has about 80 terabytes of electronic information, said to be the most of any presidential library.
How much is that? Well, if it takes 50,000 trees to make enough paper to print off a single terabyte of information, we`re talking a virtual forest of information requiring about 4 million trees worth of paper.
And you thought you had a lot of email.