History Organizations

For archives, museums, historical societies, heritage organizations, and even government agencies, it can be a big challenge to create and run the projects your organization needs to fulfill its mission, while meeting regulatory standards and stakeholder demands.

Whether you need to digitize, prepare an exhibit, or process a collection, my step by step approach completes your project efficiently, on time, and within the scope of budgetary and regulatory requirements. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the size of your project, I can simplify what can be a daunting process, empower your team to properly care for your historical items and collections, and get the job done!

With an MSLIS and more than 10 years of experience in archives and museums, my specialty is helping organizations manage collection needs strategically so legal, ethical, and mandated requirements can be met with minimal disruption and cost to the day to day operations. I’ve worked with a variety of organizations: museums, nonprofits, city libraries, liberal-arts colleges, state agencies, and the federal government.

Question: Do you need help with an archival project? Click here to schedule a consultation.

All the organizations that I’ve worked with have one thing in common: the challenge to find the right resources and expertise needed to complete a project successfully. No matter the size of your organization, I have the ability to scale to your budget and needs.

I not only know the best way to assess, organize, digitize, catalog, and display your treasured collection, I also understand the specialized resources needed to complete your project and meet the needs of your organization. For organizations that don’t have enough full-time or permanent staff, this can mean saving valuable time and money, while making the most of your collection.

-Services Offered-

Here are a few examples of how I can work with your organization. If you don’t see what you need on the list, please contact me to get support.

  • Assess Collection Needs: Conduct an assessment and create a collection plan or preservation needs report. Assess collections scheduled for processing, provide a needs assessment, and suggest a processing workflow. Evaluate the collection and make recommendations on: facility upgrades, budgeting, staffing, supplies, and technology.
  • Preservation Practices: Find out the best way to preserve your collection, from artifacts, to paper, to photographs, to digital records. 
  • Digital Services: Evaluate and recommend options for a collection management system. Implement a catalog or management system, craft an efficient workflow, and create a finding aid and/or catalog record template per collection.
  • Oral History: Create an oral history program and provide an interview template with technology recommendations. Conduct, edit, and publish recorded oral history interviews.
  • Train Staff: Lead trainings for staff and volunteers in handling, rehousing, preservation, repair, processing, cataloging, and digitization.
  • Research and Exhibits: Research historical sources for information on people, organizations, or topics, and provide a report. Write an exhibit proposal, review narratives, create an exhibit storyline.

Question: Are you ready to get started? Click here to schedule a consultation.

Or, feel free to connect directly: 503-922-3402, consulting@rachaelcristine.com.

Banner image courtesy of me, from the Woody Family Archive.
Profile photograph courtesy of Linfield College.