Can I hide or archive contacts

Currently on version 24.

Is there an (easy) way to hide/archive contacts without deleting them?

I have a fairly large addressbook - I get people’s info and hang on to it. But it’s getting too big to efficiently process especially on my mobile. I don’t necessarily want to delete old entries…but I definitely want to move them to an archive location where I might be able to search them in the future.

I’ve tried making a second addressbook, moving contacts to it, and then disabling that book - but it’s both cumbersome and doesn’t quite work the way I want. Is there a better way?