Meeting Schedule for 2015

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board will meet quarterly to conduct the regular business of the Board. Additionally, if there are NHPRC grant applications from Ohio agencies and/or organizations, the Board will have a special meeting to review those applications.

  • January 30, 2015
  • April 24, 2015
  • July 17, 2015
  • October 2, 2015 (if necessary for grant review)
  • October 30, 2015

Greene County Records Center & Archives 2014 recipient of OHRAB Archives Achievement Award!

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) is pleased to announce that the Greene County Records Center and Archives is the recipient of the 2014 OHRAB Archives Achievement Award!

We commend the staff and volunteers for all that they have done to preserve, provide access to, and promote Greene County local government records. We are especially impressed with the way the county came together in 2011 to respond to the building disaster in a way that provided care for the records and ultimately re-housed the archives and record center in a clean, environmentally controlled space that provides more convenient access to the records. Their willingness to share their experience has hopefully encouraged others to be proactive in what to watch for, reactive in a way that protects the records, and serves as an example of government involvement in supporting its archives. Further details…

Seeking Nominations for 2014 OHRAB Achievement Award

Celebrate Archives Month by Honoring the Accomplishments of an Ohio Archival Institution

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by an Ohio archival institution. All Ohio institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a portion of their collections are eligible. Eligible accomplishments include recent special projects or on-going programs that:

  • build significant collections
  • implement successful preservation strategies
  • enhance access to archives
  • develop effective digitization programs

Preference will be given to projects or programs that can be adapted for use by other institutions.

Deadline: October 17, 2014

Download⇒ OHRAB Achievement Award flyer (2014 – PDF)

2014 NHPRC Grant Opportunities

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced its grant opportunities for 2014:

  • Access to Historical Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.
    • Final Deadline: August 27, 2014
  • Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission desires to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that explore ways to improve digital literacy and encourage citizen engagement with historical records.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records of national significance.This program has two deadlines:
    • Final Deadline: August 27, 2014
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • State Government Electronic Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will accession, describe, preserve, and provide access to state government electronic records of enduring value.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014

We have added these dates (along with optional and required draft deadlines) to our Calendar.

OHRAB Visits Governor’s Mansion

On September 30th, several of OHRAB’s Board Members attended Gov. Kasich’s luncheon thanking Board and Commissions members for their service to the State of Ohio.

OHRAB Members Pari Swift, Dan Noonan, John Runion, Dawne Dewey and Rhonda Freeze at Governor's Mansion 20130930

From left to right: Pari Swift; Dan Noonan, Vice Chair; John Runion; Dawne Dewey and Rhonda Freeze, Chair.

Congratulations to the 2013 OHRAB Achievement Award Recipient: the Shaker Heights Public Library!

OHRAB is pleased to recognize the Shaker Heights Public Library as its 2013 Achievement Award recipient. The Shaker Heights Public Library, in conjunction with the City of Shaker Heights Landmark Commission, created, an online collection and reference tool capturing and cataloguing the architectural history of Shaker Heights homes dating as far back as 1915.  More than 1,000 volunteer hours were provided in the scanning of more than 10,000 index cards to create a searchable database highlighting the construction year, building materials, construction cost estimate and architect of Shaker homes.  In addition, a Smartphone app was created, allowing the public to view the digitally-recorded history of homes as well view a walking tour of Shaker’s historical landmarks, events, oral histories and people significant to the history of the city.

The OHRAB achievement award provides annual recognition to archival institutions that have demonstrated significant accomplishment in preserving and improving access to historical documents in a number of formats.  More information on the award is available here.

Press: Cleveland Plain Dealer: wins two state awards for online database and phone app.

OHRAB Scavenger Hunt for Ohio Students

The On-line Scavenger Hunt is a great way to teach students how to find primary sources available on-line and get some practice interpreting what they find. Included in the hunt are letters, diaries, artifacts and photos telling interesting snippets about Ohio’s people and history and learn how to conduct research into historical documents and artifacts online. All are owned by Ohio archival institutions that have made them digitally available via their websites. This activity will also teach students how to recognize a primary historical source and investigate potential topics for History Day projects.

The hunt has been assembled by the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB), whose mission is to serve the people of Ohio by advocating, nurturing, and advising programs that identify, preserve, and provide access to their documentary heritage, which enriches the culture and protects the rights of Ohioans. This includes presenting an annual award for the best use of Ohio’s historical records in a History Day project. Board members are appointed by the governor and represent Ohio’s public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions. Administrative responsibility for the board rests with the Ohio Historical Society.

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