“WHEREAS, there exists in Rhode Island the need to collect, preserve, and when deemed desirable, edit and publish important documents…”EXECUTIVE ORDER, No. 31
January 5, 1976
RI Historical Records Advisory Board
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.
Mission: The mission of the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board is to serve the people of the state by advocating, developing and supporting programs that defend and provide access to its documentary heritage.
Members: Board members are archivists, records managers, and persons of recognized professional qualifications and experience in the administration of historical records or in the field of research which makes extensive use of such records. Terms of appointment are three years.
Meetings: The Board meets six (6) times throughout the year in January, March, May, September, and November. You can access previous meeting minutes and an upcoming schedule on the Secretary of State’s Open Meetings website.