Many people need two sets of contact information:
1) contact information they use regularly... which is most often stored in cell phones, a paper Address book, or in Outlook.
2) a contact information archive.
I use a text file for the latter. I can send it by email for universal access and backup, edit it on any computer, can be searched easily and quickly, and can contain thousands of entries in very little space. Mine is small enough I carry it on my phone, as a list separate from my regular Contacts. If desired, a hard copy can be printed in very small font for analog use.
At least once a year, it is worth reviewing the regular address book and purge and update the archive.
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