Historical Records Advisory Board

The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board (CT SHRAB) is a nineteen member board appointed by the governor. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a funding arm of the National Archives, created the State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRAB) during the United States Bicentennial Celebration as part of a national effort to save and make accessible those documents upon which the rights of the People depend in a democracy as well as those necessary for the study and appreciation of American history. Federal Regulation (36 CFR 1206.41(a)) which established the NHPRC is the authority for the SHRABs.

The NHPRC awards grants for publication and records projects within the states and federal territories. Records projects help to identify and preserve archival records found in private and public institutions. The SHRABs assist NHPRC by evaluating grant applications from that particular state. NHPRC staff uses the board’s evaluations in its recommendations regarding grant projects to the NHPRC members.

CT SHRAB members represent records creators, records managers, users, and repositories that hold historical records. At least half must be practicing archivists. The only other qualification is that a member care deeply about the preservation of Connecticut’s historical records. Politics play no role in its recommendations.

Members are appointed by the Governor and serve three year terms. The State Archivist as the State Historical Records Coordinator serves as the board’s chair in perpetuity in order to qualify the state for federal grants. For more information on the state board and coordinator roles go to http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/about/state-coordinators-boards.html.

Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity Statement

The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board [CT SHRAB] is committed to expanding preservation, access, and discovery of Connecticut’s historical record. As a representative group of archivists, researchers, records managers and creators, CT SHRAB welcomes diverse viewpoints and individuals. A robust understanding of Connecticut’s history is only possible when traditionally excluded voices are included and respected on our board and in our work.

October 11 is Electronic Records Day! October is Connecticut Archives Month!

List of Members:

Lizette Pelletier – Coordinator, State Archivist, Connecticut State Library, Hartford
Betsy Pittman, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Leith Johnson – Deputy Coordinator, Middletown
LeAnn Power, Public Records Administrator, Connecticut State Library, Hartford
Barbara E. Austen, Digital Records Archivist, Connecticut State Library, Hartford
Allen Ramsey, Assistant State Archivist, Connecticut State Library, Hartford
Linda Hocking Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield
Meghan R. Rinn, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
Mike Kemezis, CT Humanities
Stephen Showers, Otis Elevator Company, Farmington
 Dr. Wm. Frank Mitchell, Toni N. and Wendell C. Harp Historical Museum at The Dixwell Q House, New Haven
Dr. Bruce Stark, Lyme
Michelle Peralta, Yale University Special Collections, New Haven
Brian Stevens, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

NHPRC Grants Awarded to Connecticut 1976-present: Since the mid-1970’s, many repositories in Connecticut have benefited from both historic publications and records program grants. In addition, the State Library has obtained grants on behalf of the CT SHRAB to carry out its statewide objectives. A list of all awarded grants is available at http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/projects/states-territories/ct.html. For more information on NHPRC and the types of grants that are available go to https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement.

Prepared by the State Archives, Connecticut State Library.

Crop from the Bill of Rights Courtesy of National Archives

Reports to the national Historical Publications Commission

Reports to the National Historical Publications Commission: 

For additional information, please contact: Lizette Pelletier, State Historical Records Coordinator Connecticut State Library
860-757-6511 lizette.pelletier@ct.gov

Prepared by the State Archives, Connecticut State Library. National Historical Publications and Records Commission