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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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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Rachael Woody acted as the project manager for a multi-dimensional imaging and web project digitizing the Ernst Herzfeld papers of the Freer|Sackler Archives collection under a Smithsonian grant. I was the imaging specialist contractor hired for the project and reported to Rachael. She organized the logistics for packing and transporting the objects for imaging and she always traveled with the shipment of objects to personally check in and see that everything was running smoothly. She was very present throughout the project and reliable in terms of communication. Rachael maintained a high level of professionalism throughout the project in her role as manager. When I came across any issues or needed additional information, she was prompt and articulate in her communication. She was capable of finding a compromise and providing a solution among varying opinions. She was positive and supportive and brought a pleasant calmness with her. I enjoyed working with Rachael as she was reliable, professional and positive. – KW

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