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State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)

State Historical Records Advisory Board

A State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is appointed in each state and consists of at least seven members, including the State Historical Records Coordinator. The SHRAB should be as broadly representative as possible of the public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions and organizations in the state. Members are appointed for three years with the possibility of renewal. Board members receive no Federal compensation for their service on the SHRAB. (See NHPRC regulations and the state board manual for additional details.)

The SHRAB serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning and for Commission-funded projects developed and carried out within the state, as a coordinating body to facilitate cooperation among historical records repositories and other information agencies within the state, and as a state-level review body for proposals as defined in the Commission's grant program guidelines.

The Idaho State Historical Society partners with the Idaho SHRAB on a grant program, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

What are Historical Records?

Historical records are documents that contain significant information about the past or present and are therefore worthy of long-term preservation.

Why is Preservation of Historical Records Important?

Historical records provide information of fiscal, administrative, legal, vital, and long-term research value. Historical records:

  • Provide a link to the past and provide the means for the continuity of culture from one generation to another.
  • Help inform and educate the public.
  • Provide material for historical research.
  • Document the legal rights of citizens.
  • Document property and land ownership.
  • Document decisions on policy matters by government agencies and businesses.
  • Provide records of historic sites and document efforts to preserve them.
  • Assure transparency in government.