In this section, you will find all the information helpful to SHRAB Board Members as well as state coordinators.  A link to each state's SHRAB is provided within the Directory of State Archives page.

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.]

SHRABs are authorized under federal regulations governing the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (36 CFR Chapter 12). In this capacity, their primary responsibilities are to:

  • Develop, revise, and submit to the Commission a state plan including priorities for state historical records projects; and to
  • Review all grant proposals to NHPRC for state and local records projects within the state and make recommendations on these proposals to the Commission.

SHRAB-sponsored Projects and Activities

Many SHRABs have moved beyond these advisory and coordination roles to develop and implement programs to address priorities for its state's historical records. A number of SHRABs have undertaken projects for statewide surveys, public awareness, education and training, and regrants supported with NHPRC funds. SHRABs may also seek non-federal funding in support of such programs.

An important source of support for SHRAB-sponsored projects has been NHPRC's State Board Programming Grant program (formerly the State and National Partnership (SNAP) Grant program). Since 2008, NHPRC has awarded over $4.5 million to 46 SHRABs for activities to strengthen historical records programs and build a national archival network.

NHPRC made the most recent round of State Board Programming grant awards in November 2015, totaling $621,761 to 21 SHRABs

CoSA's preliminary report on the 2012 SHRAB Survey highlights the priorities established by SHRABs and identifies specific types of activities that these Boards are undertaking in pursuit of those priorities (see in particular pp. 6-9).

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