What is a SHRAB?
The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is the central advisory body for historical records coordination with each state and for National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) state and local records projects within the state. [NOTE: "State" in this context includes the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States.] Many state archivists serve as their state’s SHRAB coordinator.
SHRABs are authorized under federal regulations governing the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (36 CFR Part 1206). The primary responsibilities of the SHRABs are to:
- Serve as the central advisory body for historical records coordination within the state.
- Develop, revise, and create a plan for historical records in the state.
- Provide assistance in reviewing grant proposals.
Several SHRABs have undertaken projects for statewide surveys, public awareness, education and training, and regrants supported with NHPRC funds.
The NHPRC has a Manual of Suggested Practices for SHRABs. The manual is currently under revision.
An important source of support for SHRAB-sponsored projects has been NHPRC's State Board Programming Grant program, to support the SHRABs in strengthening historical records programs in the states.
State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs): A Statistical Report (2013) provides contextual information about SHRABS.
If you have any questions about the operation of SHRABs or NHPRC programs, contact your state coordinator or NHPRC staff.