Texas Historical Records Advisory Board

About THRAB | Board Members and Responsibilities | Meeting Agendas and Minutes | Funding Statement

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The nine-member Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (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. In 1997, the board was officially established in state statute within the Texas Government Code, Chapter 441, Subchapter N.

Board members, appointed in accordance with federal and state requirements, have experience or interest in the collection, management, administration and accessibility of historical records. They are dedicated to the preservation and use of Texas' documentary heritage. The State Archivist (Director of the Archives and Information Services Division) serves as coordinator for the Board, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides staff support.

Vision Statement

The future of Texas is one in which all Texans are knowledgeable about their colorful heritage, where the record of the past is preserved and universally accessible and contemporary documentation is valued by citizens of the state.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board is to:

  • promote awareness of historically significant records through education and training
  • support public access to records
  • serve as a catalyst for improving storage conditions within the state
  • support the preservation efforts of historical and genealogical societies, archives, museums, libraries, colleges, local governments, and other institutions
  • review grant requests submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for funding


THRAB participates in the grants program of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) by encouraging, reviewing, and forwarding selected grant requests to the NHPRC for approval and funding. These requests come from Texas institutions and organizations seeking financial support to help preserve papers and records. The Board encourages grant applications from historical societies, libraries, colleges and universities, local governments, and other institutions and organizations that collect and maintain historical records. Through its grants program, the NHPRC encourages a greater effort by private organizations and government to preserve and make available for use those records that foster an understanding and appreciation of American history. In the public sector, these historical records document significant activities of state, county, municipal, and other units of government. In the private sector, historical records include manuscripts, personal and family papers, and organizational and corporate archives that are maintained by a variety of repositories.

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Board Members and Responsibilities

By authority of Texas Government Code, Sections 441.243 and 441.244, the THRAB board is composed of nine members. Three members are appointed by the governor: the state archivist, who is also appointed as the historical records coordinator and acts as presiding officer of the board, and who serves a four-year term; and two public members, who serve staggered terms of three years with the terms of the members expiring on February 1 of different years. The other six members, who must have recognized experience in the administration of government records, historical records, or archives, are appointed by the Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and serve staggered terms of three years with the terms of one-third of the members expiring on February 1 of each year.

THRAB board members are expected to:

  • understand their ethical responsibility to the people of Texas and commit to specific action items
  • exercise objective judgment in their fiduciary responsibility as the recommending body to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the federal funds
  • participate in all scheduled meetings; review and be prepared to discuss items on the agenda
  • forward their comments regarding grant applications to the Board chair no later than seven days prior to the next scheduled meeting, as this will facilitate early distribution
  • serve on at least one subcommittee and perform all duties as assigned
  • promote awareness of THRAB's mission and goals
  • act as a catalyst for records awareness within their own professional and local setting
  • be proactive in advocating for preservation of and access to records; be supportive of records custodians and users
  • serve as an information source for individuals or professional organizations that are responsible for historical records
  • review the contents of the THRAB website on a regular basis and make suggestions for content
  • make themselves available to institutions desiring assistance with NHPRC grant proposals
  • make themselves available to the chair should he or she require assistance with specific projects

Current Board Members

Linda Barrett
Genealogy, Local History and Archives Manager/ City Archivist
Fort Worth Library
500 W. Third Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
voice: 817-392-7740
Term: February 1, 2020 - February 1, 2023

Jelain Chubb*
THRAB Coordinator and State Archivist
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711
voice: 512-463-5467
fax: 512-463-5436
e-mail: thrab@tsl.texas.gov

Term: February 1, 2017 - February 1, 2021

Malinda L. Cowen*
PO Box 764
Beeville, TX 78104
voice: 361-362-9157
e-mail: malindacowen@gmail.com

Term: May 16, 2018 - February 1, 2021

Teri E. Flack
Texas State Genealogical Society
400 N. Lake Hills
Austin, TX 78733
e-mail: flack.teri@gmail.com

Term: February 1, 2018 - February 1, 2021

Phyllis Earles
University Archivist
Head, Special Collections and Archives Dept.
Prairie View A&M University
PO Box 519, MS 1040
Prairie View, TX 77446
voice: 936-261-1516
email: plearles@pvamu.edu

Term: February 1, 2020 - February 1, 2023

Bob R. Glenn*
Plains Capital Bank
1001 Sante Fe Drive
Weatherford, TX 76086
voice: 819-598-5402
Term: March 10, 2017  - February 1, 2020

Melissa Gonzales
Director, Records Management
Houston Community College System
3100 Main Street BA09
Houston, TX 77002
voice: 713-718-2187
e-mail: melissa.gonzales@hccs.edu

Term: February 1, 2021 - February 24, 2024
Kristy Sorensen
Associate Director of the Library
Head of Archives and Records Management
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
100 E. 27th Street
Austin, TX 78705
voice: 512-404-4875

Term: February 1, 2019 - February 1, 2022

Leslie Stapleton
Archives and Special Collections Manager
Texas A&M University San Antonio
126 East Nueva
San Antonio, TX 78204
voice: 210-784-1512

Term: February 1, 2020 - February 1, 2023

*Gubernatorial Appointee


Staff Support

Peggy Price
THRAB Principal Assistant and
Education Outreach Coordinator, Archives & Information Services Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711
voice: 512-463-9807
e-mail: thrab@tsl.texas.gov

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Meeting Agendas and Minutes


February 25, 2021    Agenda | Minutes


October 23, 2020     Agenda |Minutes

July 21, 2020             Agenda | Minutes

February 24, 2020   Agenda |Minutes


October 4, 2019     Agenda | Minutes

June 28, 2019          Agenda | Minutes

February 15, 2019  Agenda | Minutes


October 12, 2018  Agenda | Minutes

June 29, 2018 - Agenda | Minutes

February 2, 2018 - Agenda | Minutes


October 6, 2017 - Agenda | Minutes

February 10, 2017 - Agenda | Minutes


October 7, 2016 - Agenda | Minutes

June 10, 2016 - Agenda | Minutes

February 26, 2016 - Agenda | Minutes


October 30, 2015 - Agenda | Minutes

February 9, 2015 - Agenda | Minutes


December 9, 2014 - Agenda | Minutes

March 31, 2014 - Agenda | Minutes


July 15, 2013 - Agenda | Minutes

May 23, 2013 - Agenda | Minutes

April 8, 2013 - Agenda | Minutes


March 1-2, 2012 - Agenda | Minutes

May 4, 2012 - Agenda | Minutes

December 10, 2012 - Agenda | Minutes


September 2, 2011 - Agenda | Minutes

November 4, 2011 - Agenda | Minutes


September 30 and October 1, 2010 - Agenda | Minutes


August 11, 2009 - Agenda | Minutes

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Funding Statement

Funding for THRAB activities is provided by a State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. The NHPRC provides up to 50 percent of project costs for SNAP grants. THRAB’s required cost share can include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-Federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission


Page last modified: February 25, 2021