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State Historical Records Advisory Board


 South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board



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The South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board (SC SHRAB)
serves the public by advising and supporting efforts to identify, preserve,
and provide access to South Carolina’s Historical Records.



The SC SHRAB is an active and effective agent for the preservation of a wider
public access to South Carolina’s historical records and serves as a model for
the nation’s other SHRABs.  It fosters and supports communication and collaboration,

as well as plays the roles of educator, advocate, promoter, planner, and coordinator.



SC SHRAB Regrant Project 

2024-2025 Regrant Program:

The SC SHRAB has received funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for an additional award to support a 2024-2025 Regrant Program.  More information, including deadlines and other requirements, is available at the SHRAB Regrant Program webpage.

2022-2023 Regrant Program:

The SC SHRAB 2022-2023 Regrant Program, made possible by a grant from the NHPRC, provided the funding for projects at twelve state institutions ranging from rehousing archival textile mill collections to the transcription and digitization of historical African American manuscripts.  More information on the successful completion of these regrant projects is available at the SHRAB Success Stories webpage.


A Plan to Ensure the Preservation and Availability of the Palmetto State’s Historical Records, 2021 - 2026

South Carolina Historical Repository Directory

The SC SHRAB completed these publications with funds from a State Board Programming grant provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).  More information about the NHPRC is available on their website:

SC SHRAB Resources

With funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the SC SHRAB has produced recordings of several helpful presentations and classes for use by any individual or institution wanting to gain more archival knowledge.  

As part of the 2024 Regrant Program, the board hosted and presented a session on "Building a Digital Collection" which addresses standards for metadata and related aspects of digitization projects.

As part of the 2021 State Board Programming grant, the SC SHRAB hosted a day of training and networking focusing on archival education to aid smaller, traditionally-underserved institutions in making their collections more accessible though conservation, preservation, and outreach.

More information and links to these presentations is available on the SC SHRAB Resources webpage.

Current SC SHRAB Members

Dr. W. Eric Emerson- Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives & History, State Archivist, State Historic Preservation Officer

Brenda Burk- Head of Special Collections at Clemson University

Kate Boyd- Director of Digital Research Services at the University of South Carolina

Gina White- Director of Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University

SC State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Members Needed

The SC SHRAB, the central advisory body for historical records planning and for projects carried out under the program, is looking for new members.

Members need to have experience in the administration of historical records or in a field of research which makes use of such records and should represent both the public and private archival and research institutions and organizations of the state.  The term of appointment is 3 years, with a possibility of renewal.

Please contact Erin Lowry, Deputy Coordinator, at or 803-896-6128 for more information or to volunteer.

Recent Meetings

May 21, 2021 - virtual - Agenda - Meeting Minutes

August 27, 2021 - virtual - Agenda - Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2022 - virtual - Agenda - Meeting Minutes

July 18, 2022 - virtual - Agenda - Meeting Minutes

January 25, 2023 - virtual - Agenda - Meeting Minutes

Contact the Board

For additional information, or questions about the SC SHRAB, or additions/changes to the Historical Repository Directory, please contact Erin Lowry, at or 803-896-6128.