Council of State Historical Record Coordinators (COSHRC) is an attempt to recognize and identify the requirements of records and archrivals programs nationwide and preserve the heritage of the United States. COSHRC conducts surveys, produce reports and analyze records management agencies and state archives in association with the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators’ annual statistical survey. The report examines strengths and needs of these organizations on their way of pursuing their goals and identifies need of resources.
Besides that, it also suggest ways through which COSHRC and Advisory Boards of different States (in association with other professional organizations at local and national levels) can most efficiently aid historical records repositories in their goals and missions.
COSHRC comprises of individuals who serve as State Historical Record Coordinators and their deputies. Theses coordinators lead State Historical Record Advisory Boards (SHRABs) in all 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia. Every state goes through its own formal evaluation of present historical records and then outline problems and obstacles faced by repositories at all levels from large to small and public to private.
COSHRC works in close association with other organizations and brings forward a collaborative effort to enhance and improve the ways of preserving historical documents throughout the United Sates. State coordinators who work with COSHRC have the responsibility to ensure cooperation and teamwork among the states and advisory boards. This results in better outcome on the matters of mutual interests and concerns.
COSHRC also communicate with NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission) and others organizations at national and local level to make sure that archival records and national heritage is preserved and accessible.
Since July 2003, COSHRC’ members have adopted a new Mission Statement and strategic plan emphasizing organization’s interests in advocacy and collaboration. Since July 2005, COSHRC is known as the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) upon voting from the members. The new name has helped the council in outreach and advocacy. You can get more information from its official website http://www.statearchivists.org/