Ashley Stevens

Education and Outreach Coord.

THRAB announces 2016 Archival Award Recipients

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is pleased to announce the selection of Malinda Allison from the Honey Grove Preservation League and The West Texas Collection at Angelo State University as recipients of its Archival Award of Excellence.

“Central to THRAB’s mission is support for the preservation efforts of archives, libraries, museums, colleges, historical and genealogical societies, local governments, and other institutions that collect, preserve and provide public access to Texas’s rich documentary heritage,” said Jelain Chubb, State Archivist and the board’s coordinator.

“We want to recognize their achievements and those of individuals who labor daily to connect us to the past through the records in their care,” she continued.

The awards recognize significant achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by a Texas archival institution and individual achievements.

Malinda Allison is the recipient in the individual category of the award for her work in digitizing, preserving, and making accessible the historical records of Honey Grove, TX and Fannin County. These records include church and city records, newspapers, yearbooks, photographs, etc. Prior to her work at the Honey Grove Preservation League, Allison worked as a law librarian and paralegal. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master in Library Science from the University of Texas.

The West Texas Collection at ASU receives the institutional award for its Vietnam Veteran’s Commemoration Project. The project includes collecting and preserving historical records and artifacts from Vietnam veterans, the creation of a year-long display titled Vietnam: Through the Lens, and collecting oral histories from Vietnam veterans. The project started a dialogue on ASU campus and the larger community regarding the impact of the Vietnam War as captured in the people who experienced it and historical records.

THRAB was established in 1976 by Governor Dolph Briscoe to fulfill two objectives. First, it enables the state to receive monies from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in support of archival and records management programs. Second, it serves as a catalyst for improving archival and records storage conditions within the state.

For more information on the Archival Award of Excellence or other THRAB activities visit