Preservation of historical records is the key to the collective memory of a society and is necessary for the full development of its history, culture, and civic life.
The Minnesota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) advocates for and supports the preservation of records of enduring historical value to Minnesotans.
The Board is affiliated with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), and its goals are similar to those of the Commission. The NHPRC was created by Congress in 1934 to provide grants for the identification, preservation, and use of public and private papers and records that further an understanding and appreciation of local, state, and national history. In order to receive federal grants under the records program, states were required to establish state historical records advisory boards.
When Minnesota established its Board in 1975, it was among the first in the nation to do so.
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