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A system and method for managing information retrievals from all of an enterprises' archives across all operating locations. A single “virtual archive” is provided which links all of the electronic archives of the enterprise, regardless of the location or configuration of the archive. The virtual archive allows for data aggregation (regardless of location) so the a user can have data from multiple physical locations on a single screen in a single view. A single, consistent and user friendly interface is provided through which users are able to access multiple applications through a single sign-on and password. Logical tables that are used to direct information retrieval requests to the physical electronic archives. The retrieved information is reformatted and repackaging to resolve any incompatibility between the format of the stored information and the distribution media.