n. (abbr. SHRAB)a central advisory board within each state, including the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States, for historical records planning and for projects funded by the National Historical Records and Publications CommissionRhoads 1976, 8Archivists all over the country will have an opportunity, through the State Historical Records Advisory Boards being established, to play a direct role in setting priorities for project funding and for seeing to it that the funds are well spent.Schulz 1996, 246The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has been active in promoting the rejuvenation of State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs), and encouraging, through SHRAB re-grant awards, the adoption of national professional standards in local records management and document preservation.Burke 2000, 26The records program proposed by Angel charted a whole new route for applications: the Commission invited the governor of each state to establish a State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), composed of archivists, historians, records managers, librarians, elected and appointed government officials, and other professionals, as suggested in the Tompkins memorandum with a few modifications by Angel.Walch et al. 2006, 304The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) conducted a comprehensive survey of all state archives and records programs and State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs) between November 2004 and April 2005.Zanish-Belcher 2019, 18I would ask you to serve as archives experts and responsible citizens to closely monitor your local archives, state archives and state historical records advisory board (SHRAB), and NARA.CoSA 2021aCoSA is comprised of the individuals who serve as directors of the principal archival agencies in each state and territorial government. Under regulations of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, these individuals also serve as the State Historical Records Coordinators who chair their respective State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs).CoSA 2021cWhat 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.
In 1975, United States federal law mandated that each state, territory, and the District of Columbia must establish a State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) in order to participate in grant programs funded by the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC).