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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, to learn how I can turn your vision into a reality. Or, feel free to connect directly at 503-922-3402, consulting@rachaelcristine.com.

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Rachael’s overall quality of services has been uniformly excellent and surpassed my expectations. Her experience, expertise and professionalism are of the highest caliber. I found our relationship to be a model for effective and congenial interactions between a contractor and consultant.

Rachael was consistently clear and reliable as to how and when her services would be delivered under the Scope of Work of our contract and I was never disappointed or let down by performance less than promised or delivered late. She is always on time and exceedingly well prepared for appointments and is a real pleasure to work with. Her archival ‘products’—agreed-upon work for us—have been thoughtfully composed and customized to meet our specific needs and circumstances. She is able to communicate clearly about what we often found to be confusing standards and mysterious software, as well as a vast spectrum of subjects like museum-related policies, accessioning, numbering, collections care and storage environment. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a qualified consulting archivist and consider the Foundation very fortunate, indeed, to have stumbled upon a person of her caliber.

Rachael displayed constructive and positive responses to any Foundation-generated quirks that necessitated changing our schedule for work delivered or which unfortunately delayed the prompt issuance of payment on her invoice, which happened once and which we deeply regretted. We look forward hopefully to raising additional grant funding that would allow us to contact her again to help us as we move through the stages of processing a small, unprocessed collection of mostly ephemera and images.

-WFHF

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Rachael has a way of being extremely comforting when working with you. Launching a new program isn’t an easy experience, but she had empathy and expertise in evaluating my website, resume, and Linkedin profiles, while also interviewing me about my program intention. She researched and analyzed the data available, and she then provided excellent feedback to help my program’s voice come through as clear, confident, and consistent.

Rachael delivered her promised assessment to me well before our previously scheduled date. She was thorough and professional. It was a welcome surprise to have the information back to me so quickly and helped me gain momentum.

Rachael was comfortable and approachable. As I was between positions, she was fair with fees as well as payment plans. She was extremely accessible and knowledgeable.

-SPF

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