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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 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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Rachael is an accomplished archivist and bound to become a leader in historic preservation for the state of Oregon. Thanks to her professional skills and active outreach to the Oregon wine community, she has been able to secure thousands of dollars in grants in support of projects for the Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield College. This is important to me as the main grant writer for this institution. Rachael is also a stellar colleague, always kind, supportive and collegial. I highly recommend Rachael to any organization interested in her expertise. – CJM

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Testimonial

As the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA) moved to implement its Digital Archive Plan, we engaged Rachael Christine Consulting.  Rachael proved to be extremely adept in refining and updating the existing digital archive plan, supporting development of the data entry process and providing training to our volunteer staff in general archival practices and specific data entry procedures.  She was a knowledgeable intermediary between PNRA and the (freeware) archival software provider and became practiced enough in the software to identify a bug that was subsequently scheduled for correction. By the conclusion of her initial contract she had overseen the development of the cataloging process, reviewed the newly developed process documentation and supported preparation of our grant agency completion report.

Knowledgeable and personable, Rachael is a pleasure to work with.  She maintains a balanced approach, addressing both the requirements of archival cataloging, and the knowledge and vocabulary of the user population.  While keeping a broad archival perspective, she happily gets down into the details of a specific application, acting as a ready reference in resolving specific catalog implementation issues.  Her expertise repeatedly helped us to avoid errors and subsequent rework.

We intend to further engage her as we move into full online presence as a trusted archival facility.

-WP, Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

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