ProfilePicFor history organizations, nonprofits, and even government agencies, it can be a big challenge to find the expertise you need to fulfill your mission, while at the same time meet regulatory standards and stakeholder demands. This is especially true when you’re faced with complex and daunting archival projects where it’s not obvious how to successfully execute the project, let alone 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 can be to find the right resources, staffing, and know-how to properly manage your collections. My mission is to empower archives, museums, historical societies, and government repositories to tackle these projects with confidence, and minimum effect on tight budgets and overwhelmed staff.

Need an expert help with preserving, organizing, digitizing, and displaying collections? Is your archival project too much to handle?

Organizations with history collections often can’t afford experienced and dedicated staff to preserve, organize, digitize, catalog, and display collections. Even when staff can’t be hired permanently, professionals can be brought in for temporary assistance. I have the expertise needed to come into any collection situation and work with the staff available to create a plan, deliver training, manage the work, and implement sustainable actions to protect, manage, digitize, and present historical artifacts.

Need funding for your project?

Because financing outside expertise can be a challenge, I can help you acquire more resources by helping you find and apply for grant opportunities that match your mission. For many organizations, grant funding is pivotal to cover the additional resources and expertise needed to get the the job done right. This is especially important if your project is bound by any specific ethical and professional standards; where cutting corners can result in a project’s failure, or worse: impact future funding, give rise to legal action, and soil an 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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We contracted with Rachael to provide a review of our policies and processes for handling institutional records at a small liberal arts college. She was extremely detailed in her questions prior to the site visit, very efficient and thorough during her time on campus, and delivered a report with clear guidance and recommendations. It was a great experience to work with her during and after her visit. In addition to her professionalism and attention to detail, she asked good, insightful questions that made us think about the nature of our work and forced us to make some tough decisions. I am hopeful that her consultation and report will help us move our institution in positive, new directions.

-BM, Whitman College

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Rachael has been a wonderful colleague to work with. Passionate about archives and the role of archives in the Smithsonian and in education, it was a great honor to collaborate with Rachael on some great initiatives during our time at the Freer|Sackler. You can rely on Rachael as a trusted colleague and as a great team worker. Rachael became a wonderful friend and is simple one of the best colleagues to work with. – AN

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