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Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board

Background and Purpose

The Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) serves the public as the central advisory board for historical records projects in Oklahoma. It is one of 56 similar boards active in all states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

In accordance with its by-laws, OHRAB:

  • Provides leadership and guidance to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the state’s historical records;
  • Acts as a state-level review body for proposals submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC) grant program; and
  • Serves as the central advisory board in Oklahoma for historical records planning.

The sponsoring agency of OHRAB is the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL), the official repository for permanent state government records.

The Board

Board members, appointed by the Governor to three-year terms, represent a broad spectrum of public and private archival and research institutions. Members have experience in the collection, preservation, administration, and use of historic records.


The board meets quarterly, with most meetings held at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in Oklahoma City. All meetings are open to the public and meeting dates and agendas are posted in advance.

Staff Contacts

For general questions about OHRAB, contact OHRAB’s State Coordinator, Jan Davis.

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