Mail Auto Delete

I went into my e-mail box using Lotus Notes looking for a crucial contact from our security department. All I could remember was that they sent me an e-mail around October 2007. To my dismay I found that I had no e-mails older than January 2008.

Apparently my company has an auto delete policy where they retire old emails. I think this either has something to do with keeping the disk storage requirements low, or implementing a global policy to electronic paper trails (or lack of them). I guess I have benefited from this in that I never had to go in and clean out old e-mails because I have exceeded my mail quota.

But now I am stuck trying to recall my security contacts that were stored in e-mail. I imagine this is another way to go about locating the contact information.