Rachael Woody

For archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations, it’s a big challenge to find the expertise you need to get the job done. This is especially true when you’re faced with complex and daunting archival projects where it’s not easy to know where to begin.
In understaffed and under-resourced organizations, who’s supposed to do the work? Who has the expertise required? And where’s the budget for all of this?

Hi, I’m Rachael. And I know better than anyone how difficult it is to find the right resources, staffing, and know-how to properly manage your collections.

I specialize in working with emerging archival programs and revitalizing dormant collections.

My mission is to empower archives, museums, and heritage organizations to tackle these tough projects with confidence and get back to doing the jobs they love.

Do you need an expert to help launch your archival project? Check out the “History Organizations” tab.

Historical organizations routinely struggle to afford experienced and dedicated staff to launch a new archival project. When staff can’t be hired permanently, outside professionals are brought in for temporary assistance and expertise. I have the specialized knowledge needed to come into any collection situation and work with the staff available to create a plan, make decisions, deliver training, and manage the work.

Need funding for your project? Check out the “Grant Services” tab.

Financing outside expertise and specializes tools for a project can be a challenge. To help with this, I can teach you how to strategically apply for grant opportunities. Grant funding is pivotal to cover the additional resources needed to get the the job done right. This is especially important if your project is bound by ethical or professional standards. Cutting corners can result in a project’s failure. Or worse, a failed project can impact future funding, instigate legal action, and tarnish your organization’s reputation.

Let’s work together!

Schedule a free 60 minute consult call with me to learn how I can turn your vision into a reality. Or, feel free to connect directly at 503-922-3402, [email protected]. Not quite ready to get to work? No problem! Join my newsletter to stay in touch and receive information and resources to help you get the job done.

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The Arc/k Project went through the Get into Grants program in June & July 2018. The structure of the program necessitated the gathering of key staff as we went through the process of identifying our needs and prioritizing project ideas. The exercises and worksheets Rachael lead us through helped us to critically evaluate our project vision and allowed us an opportunity to get on the same page. Our work together during this program provided clarity on our priorities and the steps needed to reach our goals. With that foundation and a selection of identified priority projects, Rachael next taught us how to articulate project ideas in grant application terms and break them down into achievable timelines. The resources and lessons she provided are replicable, and we will definitely use them in our future grant work. With grant projects in place, Rachael additionally provided an analysis on grant and foundation opportunities that matched Arc/k’s projects and delivered sample templates for each of our project ideas. The analysis and templates identified areas where Arc/k may need to do more research or connect with partners, and she provided suggestions for next steps. Rachael was fantastic to work with, and we appreciated her clear and logical approach to preparing us for grant application. We felt supported through the whole process and now have confidence in our approach to grants.

-SP, Arc/k Project

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I had the opportunity to intern with Rachael this spring, and she made it nothing short of an incredible experience. She effortlessly welcomed and included me in their office environment, created an exciting but doable project for our time together, and provided fantastic personal and career guidance throughout.

During my internship, I had the chance to observe Rachael in her position – she is a stellar outreach coordinator, bringing in new technologies to help the archives reach a wider audience, eloquently describing their collections and processes to visitors, and incredibly well versed in the details of their collection. I highly recommend Rachael, and I would love the chance to work with her again! – CH

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