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Title says all. (the one when you use the scrollwheel to see the old commands and results)

I do not wish to clear it for sure as some data I have lost is within some old scrollback.

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I don't even have a Mac, but did you try the Page Up / Page Down buttons (represented by symbols with arrows on a page on Mac keyboards)? Or maybe it's an option hidden somewhere within the application menu on the top of the screen. Or the window's contextual menu (ctrl-click). With Macs, things are often where you least expect them. – Ariane Jan 8 '13 at 3:13
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Somewhere in memory or maybe the data files in ~/Library/Saved Application State/ (sudo opensnoop -n Terminal shows what files are accessed by Terminal.)

I don't know any way to see the scrollback history of old tabs. This shows lines that are cleared with C-l but not ⌘K:

osascript -e 'tell application "Terminal" to history of window 1'
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