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Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board

The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board (WHRAB) was created in 1977 by executive order to assist state, local, and private endeavors in the preservation of all types of historical records. It 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 Board's ten members are appointed by the governor and represent historical records creators, keepers, and users.

WHRAB members

  • Menzi Behrnd-Klodt, Madison
  • Clayborn Benson, Milwaukee
  • Matt Blessing, Milwaukee
  • Laura McCoy, Green Bay
  • Anita T. Doering, La Crosse
  • Jane M. Pederson, Eau Claire
  • Rick Pifer, Madison
  • Ken Wirth, Milwaukee
  • Peter Gottlieb, Madison (Deputy Coordinator)

Mission Statement
The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board (WHRAB) promotes the availability and use of records with historical value as keys to the stateís cultural heritage. It leads collaborative efforts to preserve records and increase their accessibility by promoting education about archives and best archival practices and by helping Wisconsin organizations obtain federal grant funding. WHRAB advises the Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Governor of Wisconsin on all matters concerning the stateís historical records.

Vision Statement
The people of Wisconsin will benefit from a deeper understanding of their heritage through preserved and accessible records that document their diverse and rich history. Acting on their behalf, the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board will serve as the nucleus of a coalition of Wisconsinís historical records organizations, playing the role of educator, advocate, promoter, planner, and coordinator. The Board will aid these constituents directly through federal grant funding and will provide a meeting ground for all of them, fostering common agendas and goals.


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