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Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board

The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board (WHRAB) works in association with the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Board's activity falls primarily into three areas. Through work planned and conducted jointly with partner groups, it provides guidance and assistance to archives and records management programs in Wisconsin. Its Best Practices Project and Wisconsin Archives Mentoring Service are examples of this part of WHRAB's work.

The Board also brings federal grant funds to Wisconsin for improving access and preservation of historical records. WHRAB works with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grants arm of the National Archives and Records Administration. Since 1976, WHRAB has helped bring over 2.7 million dollars in NHPRC funds to 19 different Wisconsin organizations. Some of the accomplishments made possible by these grants include:

  • Developing records management programs for local governments
  • Coordinating collection and accessioning projects
  • Preserving photographic and film collections
  • Developing electronic records standards
  • Sponsoring workshops and conferences on archival issues

The Board's third area of activity is to promote the value of historical records as keys to our cultural heritage, working through partnerships with statewide organizations whose purpose and goals support that end. The Board began its Archives Month program in 1998 to heighten the public's appreciation of the role that historical records play in our lives. Its annual Governor's Archives Award also promotes the value of Wisconsin's historical records by recognizing outstanding archival work.

The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board meets three times a year to review new NHPRC grant applications and coordinate statewide historical records concerns. For information about the work of the Board or to inquire about NHPRC grant requirements and applications, contact:

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
816 State St.
Madison, WI 53706

Matt Blessing
State Archivist and WHRAB Deputy Coordinator


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