The World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum was created in 1984 by the United States Chess Federation.
The U.S. Chess Federation Hall of Fame Committee considers candidates for the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame and sends its nominations to the U.S. Chess Trust each year. The trustees of the U.S. Chess Trust vote on who should be inducted. The induction itself take place either at the U.S. Chess Federation Awards Luncheon during the U.S. Open or at the World Chess Hall of Fame, which is now located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The induction is almost always performed by either the Chairman of the U.S. Chess Trust or the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.
Current members of the committee are Harold Winston (Chairman), IM John Donaldson, John McCrary, Al Lawrence, GM Joel Benjamin, John Hilbert, WGM Jennifer Shahade, Shane Samole, and GM Andrew Soltis. McCrary and Donaldson are former Chairs of the Hall of Fame Committee. Both Benjamin and Soltis are members of the Hall of Fame. Samole was in charge of the Hall of Fame when it was located in Miami, Florida, from 2001-2009.