The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) serves the archival community with a range of ongoing efforts supporting the preservation of the historical record. With funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), THRAB provides free training opportunities to those working in repositories around the state. As part of the offerings for 2019, THRAB coordinated a series of educational webinars and workshops designed to help archivists combat threats from natural and other disasters by preparing collections and staff for such emergencies. Rebecca Elder, a preservation consultant who runs Elder Preservation, created and taught the Emergency Planning and Response series, which included hands-on workshops complete with wet-salvage exercises and a two-part online component.
On-site workshops were held over two days and addressed each phase of dealing with major emergency situations in an archive. Elder guided participants through processes like developing an emergency plan, assembling a team, establishing salvage priorities and purchasing appropriate supplies and disaster gear. Workshop participants performed a risk assessment exercise in the facilities in which the workshops took place and learned to identify possible threats.
Day two involved a wet-salvage project where participants learned methods of handling and recovering soaked papers, books, posters, cassette tapes, computer disks, negatives and photographs. The images above capture participants in action as they work on recovery techniques.THRAB offered the workshop at Rice University’s Fondren Library in Houston and the TSLAC’s State Records Center in North Austin.
Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) invites nominations for its Archival
Award of Excellence, an honor granted to archival institutions and
individuals in Texas who have made significant achievements in preserving and
improving access to historical records in any format.
THRAB is accepting nominations through August 10, 2019 and will announce the recipients in October during Texas Archives Month. The award is funded by a 2019 State Programming Board grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Recent recipients of the Archival Award of Excellence include the Special Collections at the University of North Texas for their NBC5/KXAS (WBAP) Television News Archive Project and the Austin History Center for efforts documenting the architectural history of Austin. In the individual category, Malinda Allison was recognized for her work with the Honey Grove Preservation League and Susan Dorsey with the General Land Office. THRAB initiated the award in 2016.
In 1976, Governor
Dolph Briscoe established THRAB to fulfill two objectives. First, it enables the
state to receive monies from the 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.
Archival repositories throughout Texas have records that document the paths of rivers, rights to access, water for irrigation, recreation, and as an energy source. We also know the threats and damage water can pose to our communities and even our historical treasures. The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) invites your photos and stories to help illustrate “The Power of Water” for the 2019 Texas Archives Month Poster.
How has the power of water influenced the subject-matter in
your collections? Has water caused a disaster in your stacks?
THRAB will work with a design team to select the final image or images that address the theme. The Texas Archives Month Poster went digital in 2018 and the 2019 version will also be presented electronically on our website here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/thrab/archivesmonth.html with instruction for download and printing.
Please submit images to THRAB at email@example.com for potential use in the 2019 Texas Archives Month Poster by June 3, 2019. We will need a 600 dpi version of the image for printing and please ensure that you have copyright clearance for this purpose.
Funding for THRAB is provided by the National Historic
Publications and Records Commission.
The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is offering in 2019 a series of professional development opportunities to equip those caring for archival materials with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience needed to prepare repositories for threats and recover damaged collections. THRAB has contracted with Cultural Heritage Preservation Consultant Rebecca Elder to teach two 90-minute webinars on emergency planning and two-day hands-on workshops in Austin and Houston. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), workshops are provided free of charge and available to those working in Texas repositories. Registration is now open for the webinars:
Hands-on workshops are scheduled for June 13-14 in Austin and in Houston June 27-28. Each will be a two-day event. The first day will focus on emergency preparedness, and the second day will focus on response, including a wet salvage exercise. Each workshop will be limited to 20 attendees working for a Texas repository. Registration will open in early May. Please note that THRAB may limit registration to one person per institution to allocate space equitably.
Rebecca Elder is a seasoned preservation consultant who works with the staff of cultural heritage institutions to care for their historical collections. Elder holds a Master’s in Information Science from the University of Texas and is a former field services officer for Amigos Preservation Services. She currently teaches preservation management at the University of Texas iSchool and courses online at Kent State.
Funding for THRAB workshops provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is pleased to offer a FREE webcast course presented by the Society of American Archivists.”Metadata Overview for Archivists” is a 90-minute on-demand webinar that provides the basics of descriptive, technical, structural, and administrative metadata. This foundational webinar will help participants define the basic concepts of metadata, identify sources and types, assess how much metadata is enough, and more.
THRAB will also cover the cost of DAS-enrolled candidates to take the exam. Enrollment for this webinar is limited to 30 registrants and only one registrant per Texas archival repository. Preference will be given to those from smaller and mid-sized institutions and those wishing to take the exam. Registration requests will be accepted until November 21, 2018 and notifications will be sent by November 27, 2018. THRAB requests that participants complete the course by December 28, 2018.
We are celebrating Texas Archives Month throughout the month of October along with repositories around the state. Visit our webpage for news of awards, events, exhibits and proclamations happening in Texas. The page features the virtual Texas Archives Month poster, which allows visitors to click through to the home repositories housing the digital images. Part of the celebration is recognizing the efforts to preserve and make accessible the cultures and cultural traditions of Texas. Out of the Stacks blog posts in October will highlight archival activities and collections. Be sure to follow @TSLAC on social media for the most current happenings!
“Introduction to Grant Proposals” will take place at the U.T.E.P. Library in El Paso on August 21, 2018.
The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) presents the second of two free workshops this summer for Texas archives professionals. Registration is open for “Introduction to Grant Proposals,” which takes place on August 21, 2018 at the U.T.E.P. Library in El Paso. This course surveys the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Topics include types of grants, types of funders, elements of a grant proposal, the grant review process, managing your grant project, reporting requirements, and funding resources. To learn more and register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/workshops.
THRAB workshops are presented in conjunction with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Learn how to fund your next project by participating in a free workshop on writing grant proposals. “Introduction to Grant Proposals” surveys the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Topics include types of grants, types of funding, elements of a grant proposal, the grant review process, managing your grant project, reporting requirements, and funding resources.
7/24/2018 Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
8/21/2018 University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.
Supported by the National Archives’ National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) presents professional development workshops free of charge for archivists, librarians, and other staff members in Texas archival repositories in fulfillment of its initiative to support education and training for professionals.