Why a Resignation Letter? In these digital times, why should we submit a resignation letter, anyway? A paper trail does seem old_fashioned, but in this case, it's a best practice. It makes your intentions clear, as well as the conditions. You're removing any ambiguity about the end of your time there.
Sure, it may sit in the depths of HR until the end of time, but you can be sure of two things: One, your former boss (and future reference) will read it and be impressed. And two, if you ever decide to come back to your company (hey, it happens), it's a very good thing that last thing on file is a great, professionally written resignation letter.