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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 was my colleague in the archives department for five years. Her work ethic is top-notch, and we worked together very well as we built the college archives and the Oregon Wine History Archive basically from scratch. Rachael is diligent, patient and extremely detail-oriented. She understands the world of archives and has a wide variety of skills in planning, research and writing.

Whenever Rachael promises to do something, she does it. She is adept at juggling multiple projects large and small, and prioritizing appropriately. In addition, she doesn’t cut corners and delivers the best possible quality.

Half of our job was designing our own projects and seeing them through, and half was responding to other entities – students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers, donors – and handling whatever questions or problems they brought forward. This could be a small research request or a major project, a small copy edit or a major fact in dispute. Rachael responded to all issues and problems calmly and professionally, seeking to solve problems or resolve issues.

Rachael is a wonderful archivist, researcher and writer. She’s also an amazing person.

-RS

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I worked with Rachael at Linfield College and would like to recommend her as a very capable, helpful, smart and awesome colleague! Rachael managed our Linfield archives as well as the Oregon wine history archives. She is incredibly knowledgeable about archives and their content, a great supervisor for both staff and students, and very willing to help in utilizing archives to advance the college. Not only is she willing to help any time we ask, she knows the archives very well and makes wonderfully helpful suggestions. I have also seen Rachael interface with donors and others external to the campus and she is professional, friendly, and fabulous! – LG

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