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.

The SHRAB's most recent strategic plan is available here.

SHRAB maintains a list of helpful resources concerning conservation, emergency preparedness, finding aids, and grant opportunities.

More information about SHRABs is available via the the Council of State Archivists web page.

The SHRAB conducted a Preservation Survey of Virginia records repositories in 2023. The results are available here. Following the survey, the SHRAB held a virtual town hall to discuss the results and solicit feedback from repositories in the Commonwealth. That video is available via the LVA's YouTube channel at this link.

For previous Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, see here.

Board Members


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

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