Archival Awards 



The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) invites nominations for their 2024 archival awards. These annual awards honor archival institutions, programs and individuals in Texas for their service to the profession. THRAB grants awards in the categories of excellence, advocacy and distinguished service. Nominations for 2024 Archival Awards will be accepted through June 20. THRAB will announce the recipients in October during Texas Archives Month. See below for nomination forms.

The Archival Award of Excellence honors archival institutions and individuals in Texas who have made significant achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format. The Advocacy for Archives Award acknowledges an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to ensure the preservation and availability of Texas’s historical record. The David B. Gracy II Distinguished Archival Service Award recognizes an individual, archival institution, education program or nonprofit/government organization that has provided outstanding leadership, service or contribution to the archival profession in Texas.

Recent recipients of the Archival Award of Excellence include Robert Weaver of the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University and the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive in Houston. The 2023 David B. Gracy II Award for Distinguished Archival Service went to Texas State Historian Monte L. Monroe, also of the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech. The awards are funded by a State Programming Board grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

2024 Nomination Forms

  Questions? Send inquiries to thrab@tsl.texas.gov.


Past Recipients:

David B. Gracy II Distinguished Archival Service Award
This award recognizes an individual, archival institution, education program, or nonprofit/government organization that has provided outstanding leadership, service or contribution to the archives profession in Texas.

2023

Monte L. Monroe, Texas State Historian and Archivist, Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University

2022

Society of Southwest Archivists 

2020

David B. Gracy II

Advocacy for Archives Award
This award acknowledges an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to ensure the preservation and availability of the historical record of Texas.

2022

Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO)

2021

Melleta Bell, Senior Archivist (retired), Archives of the Big Bend, Sul Ross University

2020

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Archival Award of Excellence
This award recognizes significant achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by a Texas archival institution and individual achievements.

2023

Individual: Robert Weaver, Manuscript Archivist, Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University

Institution: William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive

2022

Institution: Harry Ransom Center

2021

Individual: Kaitlyn Price, Registrar, Dallas Historical Society

2020

Individual: Travis Williams, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, St. Edwards University

Institution: Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) 

2019

Institution: C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections, UTEP Library (El Paso, TX)


THRAB Coordinator, Jelain Chubb (center) presents the award to Head of Special Collections, Claudia Rivers 
(right) and Assistant Head of Special Collections, Abbie Weiser (left). UTEP's Special Collections received the award
for their Casasola Project, which included a crowdsourcing effort to identify individuals in photos. 

Individual: Brenda Lincke Fisseler, Lavaca County Archives


Lavaca County Clerk, Elizabeth Kouba (left), Archival Award of Excellence recipient Brenda Lincke Fisseler (center),
and THRAB Coordinator, Jelain Chubb (right) at the award ceremony held at the Lavaca County Courthouse Annex
in Halletsville. Photo by Jimmy Appelt.


[Press Release]

2018

Institution: Special Collections, University Libraries , University of North Texas (Denton, TX)


Morgan Gieringer, Head, Special Collections at UNT Libraries and THRAB member Linda Barrett
at the 2018 DFW Archives Bazaar. Barrett  presented the Archival Award of Excellence to Gieringer
for their NBC5/KXAS (WBAP) Television News Archive Project.

2017

Institution: Austin History Center (Austin, TX)
 
Individual: Susan Smith Dorsey, Texas General Land Office (Austin, TX)
 

2016

Institution:  West Texas Collection, Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)
 
Individual: Malinda Allison, Honey Grove Preservation League (Honey Grove, TX)
 
 
 
 
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