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State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)

State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is one of fifty-five organizations in the states and territories of the U.S. which act in affiliation with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the purpose of preserving, publishing and promoting the use of documentary sources relating to the history of the United States.

The Idaho State Historical Society partners with the Idaho SHRAB on a grant program to provide opportunities to engage Idahoans in preserving and promoting Idaho history to better inform and influence the future.

The mission and strategic plan of SHRAB is to be an advocate for the creation, preservation, dissemination and use of information that accurately chronicles the people and institutions of Idaho, both public and private.  Funded in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Board meets four times a year to review new grant applications and to coordinate statewide historical records concerns.  SHRAB's program scope and interests relate to records documenting the history and heritage of Idaho and its people held by a diverse group of entities in Idaho.

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 that often can be recognized from the moment it is created. 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.
  • Assures transparency in government.