Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board
The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board is a central advisory body for historical records planning and for projects developed and carried out within the state under the auspices of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Established by Congress in 1934, NHPRC encourages efforts by private organizations and government to preserve and make available for use documentary sources relating to the history of the United States. The responsibilities of the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board include undertaking and sustaining statewide strategic planning relating to historical records in the state, promoting and publicizing the NHPRC program, and soliciting and reviewing proposals to be carried out within the state with NHPRC funding. The activities of the board also may include developing and submitting grant applications to address statewide historical records issues and needs; promoting and planning programs to raise public awareness of historical records values, conditions, and concerns; and fostering and supporting cooperative networks and programs dealing with historical records.
The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board consists of nine public members, who are appointed by the governor and have recognized experience in the use or administration of records, and three ex officio members, the Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, and State Archivist from the staff of the Kansas Historical Society. The Historical Society also provides staffing and administrative support for the board in carrying out its mandates.
The overall goal for historical records in Kansas is that records of value to researchers will be preserved by being collected by responsible agencies and the information will be made available to researchers. The term "records" has been defined broadly to include manuscript materials such as personal and family papers, government records at all levels, corporate and organizational archives, and photographs and audio-visual materials. Unless noted otherwise, the use of the word "records"includes all of these types of materials.
The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board advocates for the preservation of records of enduring historical value for use by Kansans.
The board's vision is that future generations will have low cost and unconstrained access to original historic records and files that preserve our heritage and traditions. We achieve this vision by:
1) Developing multiple funding sources
2) Creating active constituencies
3) Providing well funded regrant programs
4) Deploying high quality state wide educational programs through partnerships and consortiums.
A) To enhance awareness of and appreciation for records with historical value.
B) To implement programs to improve the management and usage of records with historical value.
C) To increase financial support for programs and institutions responsible for records with historical value.
D) To improve the effectiveness and visibility of the KSHRAB.
E) To form partnerships with stakeholder institutions and organizations.