The Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board (RIHRAB), appointed by the governor, serves as a central advisory body for historical records planning and project development for National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded projects in the state and encourages and supports communication and coordination among the historical records community.

The Board was established by Executive Order No. 31 in 1976 by Governor Philip W. Noel based on the knowledge that “there exists in Rhode Island the need to collect, preserve, and when deemed desirable, edit and publish important documents”.  The Board aims to coordinate and encourage the preservation of and access to historical records and pursues collaboration on providing educational programs and support to the archival and historical community in Rhode Island.


Previous Projects included the Basics of Archives Webinar


Mission:

The Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board serves as the central
advisory body for historical records planning and for projects developed and carried out under the Rhode Island state program by fostering and supporting training, identification, preservation, access to, and protection of, historical records.

Vision:

To serve all people of RI by defending and providing responsible, universal
access to knowledge about their heritage through the historical record.

“The composition of the Board shall be as broadly representative as possible of the public and private archival and research institutions and organizations of Rhode Island.”

Executive Order No. 31, January 5, 1976

View members on the Secretary of State’s Boards and Commissions page

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