Historical Records Board
Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board (IHRAB)
Every state has a State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). Iowa’s SHRAB was originally established in 1976 and today operates under Iowa law and in accordance with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) regulations. The Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board (IHRAB) currently serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning in the state, a coordinating body to facilitate cooperation among historical records repositories and other Iowa information agencies and as a review body for grant proposals.
Mission and Strategic Plan
To encourage Iowans to discover, preserve and share their local and state history. The IHRAB achieves its mission by providing resources, funding and training.
The board meets quarterly. The Governor of the State of Iowa appoints the members who serve three-year terms and may apply for reappointment to the board.
The State Historical Society of Iowa, using resource enhancement and protection (REAP) funding, supports projects to help preserve, conserve, interpret, enhance, and educate the public about Iowa’s historical assets. The Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP) provides funding for historical records preservation via the documentary collections category. More information about eligibility, funding cycles, and specific grants is available at the Grant Program page.
The National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), with congressional funding, supports a wide range of projects through numerous grants.
More information about eligibility, funding cycles, and specific grants is available at their Grant Program page.
Other Funding Opportunities
Historic Records Resources
The Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board receives support from a National Historical Publications and Records Commission State Board Programming Grant. The IHRAB board thanks the NHPRC for their support of board activities in Iowa.