State Historical Records Advisory Board

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is the central advisory body for historical records coordination in the state of Virginia. SHRAB works with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to advise institutions, create plans for historical records, provide assistance with grant reviews, and undertake statewide projects.

The Virginia SHRAB was established in the 1970s and has facilitated a variety of programs over the years including a statewide survey, a re-grant program, trainings, and more. For more information on the history of the Virginia SHRAB you can read about it on the Uncommonwealth Blog, or take a look at the archival collections available at the Library of Virginia.

For previous Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, see here.

Board Members


Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

The State Historical Records Advisory Board shall advocate for and lead efforts to identify, preserve, and provide access to the Commonwealth’s public and private historical records.


Promote the broadest possible access to all records, regardless of format, consistent with public interest, right to access, and privacy protection law.


Encourage the identification, preservation, maintenance, arrangement, and description of public and private records collections in the Commonwealth

Records Management

Promote and support statewide policy and management practices that ensure accurate classification of records, including those created in or migrated to electronic or other formats, to identify nonpermanent records for appropriate retention and disposition, as well to identify records for permanent preservation



Chad Owen, Records Management Coordinator
The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000

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