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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During my tenure at the Smithsonian, I found Rachael to be a wonderful colleague. She was extremely proactive on accurately maintaining her project funds. In addition to being pleasant to work with, she was also very competent in funds management. – TC

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Here is a light so brilliant you feel it, yea, even 2800 miles away from the Pacific Northwest. Highly professional and warm, Rachael’s energy and motivations are effectively transforming academic archives. Having recently taken up residence in the District’s Smithsonian (Freer|Sackler), I can attest to the fruits of her labor here also – digital and physical collections initiatives thriving still, with the help of her Vision. Her passion for and sensitivity to cultural heritage in the archival space is helping catapult the Oregon Wine History Archives, and I can’t wait to see more of the positive ripple effect. I wish I’d been able to spend longer than one year as Archives Specialist under her at Linfield College; from interview onward, she has been nothing less than a much cherished blessing in my life. A very hearty thanks to and celebration of, this human gem! – SH

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