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Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board (IHRAB)


The Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board (IHRAB), which is established in accord with federal regulations serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning in Iowa. The Board works to improve the care of historical records by individuals and by private and governmental organizations in Iowa; encourages cooperative projects among statewide institutions, promotes local records management programs; and reviews the condition of historical records in the state. The IHRAB is a state-level review board for grant proposals submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and serves as the review panel for the State Historical Society of Iowa's Historical Resource Development Program grant applications.


Jeffrey Dawson
Archives Supervisor
600 East Locust
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0290
515-281-7801 (voice)
515-282-0502 (fax)


The Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board is appointed by the Governor to rotating three year terms. The Board is comprised of eight public members and the principal administrators of the State Archives and Iowa and the State Historical Society of Iowa. The State Archivist serves as the coordinator for the Board. 


The Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board holds public meetings four times each year. These meetings normally are held in August, November, April and June. Three of the four meetings are held at the State Historical Building in Des Moines and the fourth is held at another location in the state. All meetings are open to the public.


The Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board adopted a planning document which outlines areas of concern for documentary records in Iowa and provides suggested action steps for improvement in those areas of concern. In an effort to provide educational materials to organizations and individuals who care for historical records, IHRAB produced a series of informational brochures which include:

In addition, IHRAB has collected a number of basic readings and pamphlets related to care of historical documents and the care of government records. These materials are available at various repositories throughout the state.

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