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The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board announces the availability of grants between $500 and $5,000 to archival institutions to fund projects to preserve and/or provide access to Ohio’s historical records.  The grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State Board Programming Grants. Projects eligible for funding in 2017 include:

  • Assessment and Strategic Planning: hiring consultants to identify needs and priorities for improving the organization, description, preservation and access to collections.
  • Access, Arrangement and Description: identifying, organizing, and improving access to historical records.
  • Preservation: purchasing archival file folders, archival boxes, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, hygrothermographs, or HEPA vacuum cleaners.
  • Website Development: Adding collections to online catalog, developing virtual archives, or creating an on-line database. Websites designed to support access to researchers (e.g., online catalogs, finding aids, and digitized collections, rather than curated web exhibits) will receive preference in funding.

Grant applications are due February 28, 2017.  More information on the grants, including the application packet, is available here. (http://www.ohrab.org/grants/regrant/)


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The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by an Ohio archival institution.

All Ohio institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a portion of their collections are eligible.

Eligible accomplishments include recent special projects or on-going programs that:

– build significant collections

– implement successful preservation strategies

– enhance access to archives

– develop effective digitization programs

Preference will be given to projects or programs that can be adapted for use by other institutions.

Because the award recognizes institutional achievements, individuals are not eligible. Departments employing members of OHRAB are not eligible, but other departments in their institutions are eligible.

Nominating letters should be no longer than two pages, 12-pt, single spaced, describing the institution’s program/project along with its goals, accomplishments, and significance. Each must include the nominee’s institutional name along with a contact person’s name, mailing address, phone, email address.

Send nominations via email or U.S. mail to:

Galen Wilson

Senior Records Analyst, Great Lakes Region National Archives and Records Administration

3150 Springboro Road

Dayton, OH 45439

Nominations must be received by October 1, 2012.

Self-nominations are encouraged. Winner(s) will be announced by OHRAB at its October 26 meeting.

Winners of the 2011 Award were Licking County Records & Archives Department and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Download the flyer and see more info on last year’s awardees:


Questions? Contact Galen Wilson at galen.wilson@nara.gov or 937-425-0613.

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board is the central body for historical records planning in the state. Board members represent Ohio’s public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions. http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/ohrab

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We all greatly appreciate this important recognition from the Ohio Historic Records Advisory Board, in awarding us one of their two awards in kicking off their new achievement awards programs.

However formally awarded, this is an honor we all share.  The nomination stressed the multi-level community collaboration of CSU departments, KSU library practicum students, various partnering public libraries, historical societies and government agencies sharing resources and the partners in the Ohio’s Heritage NE, all collaborating to make information on the region’s history available to its citizens.  We felt the process by which Cleveland Memory (and OHNE) were built is as important as the digital content it provides.

Thank you all for your participation and I hope we can forge even closer relations in the coming months and years, especially as the economy challenges us all to find new sustainable models to achieve our goals.

Bill Barrow

And congratulations to the Montgomery County Records Center and Archives, too!

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Congratulations to Bill Barrow and CSU for this wonderful and well deserved recognition!  See below for more information.

OHRAB Achievement Award Announced.

Winners of the 2010 Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board’s Achievement Awards are Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library Special Collections Department and Montgomery County Records Center and Archives.

Cleveland State’s Special Collections Department has led the Cleveland Memory Project since its beginning in 2002. Institutions as diverse as the Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office, Berea Children’s Home, Rocky River Public Library, Hathaway Brown School, and Lakewood Historical Society have contributed materials from their collections to Cleveland Memory. Project partners have made more than 42,000 images and other historic items available online. Practicum and internship opportunities provide real world experience to students while bringing fresh from the classroom perspectives to practitioners. Cleveland Memory is a model of multi-institutional collaboration melding local collection knowledge, shared infrastructure, and professional development opportunities. OHRAB congratulates Cleveland State University and its partners for expanding access to Ohio’s historic resources. Cleveland Memory – http://www.clevelandmemory.org/

In 2006 the Montgomery County Records Center and Archives faced every archivist’s nightmare. Active mold, cracked spines on bound volumes, and inadequate storage threatened the existence of the county’s historic records. Through a systematic program of compliance with neglected records disposal schedules, environmental improvements and monitoring, and conservation treatment, Montgomery County Records Center and Archives staff have demonstrated that even monumental problems can be mitigated if approached with determination and creativity. The results of their efforts include reduced storage costs, improved access, and the confidence that the early records of Montgomery County will survive. OHRAB recognizes the Montgomery County Records Center and Archives for preserving Ohio’s public history records. Montgomery County Records Center and Archives  – http://www.mcohio.org/services/recordarchives/about.html

Nominees for the Achievement Award represented small towns and large cities; public and private institutions; universities, historical societies, and records centers; and a full range of historic records – maps, photographs, marriage, birth, death, and estate records, and more. Common to all their successes were collaboration, determination, creativity, and a passionate commitment to the preservation and expanded use of Ohio’s historic records. Clearly, Ohio’s historic records community is achieving admirable results.

For more information please contact awards committee chair Jill Tatum at 216-368-4106 or jill.tatem@case.edu.

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board is the central body for historical records planning in the Ohio. Board members represent Ohio’s public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions. http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/ohrab/

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