You’re here because you’ve been entrusted to steward a story. You have a passion and a vision, but you’re daunted by mapping out the best way to reach your goals. Your organization may be encumbered by funding, staffing, and resource scarcity. Perhaps your collection is drowning in backlog, and without digitization, it’s on the brink of disappearing. And you’re likely overwhelmed by vetting viable outreach and grant options and pursuing them with confidence.
You’re committed to getting it right, but you need guidance…yesterday.
"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."
"Rachael is simply the consultant I will continue to engage to further my archival project. She was able in one week to bring order to chaos. Her guidance in leading my team of volunteers to further preserve and protect 130 years of regional history located in the basement of the library. I enjoyed working with her and she was responsive to my questions providing solutions vs. answers. If you require an experienced Archivist she is someone I highly recommend and worth consideration."
"Our work together during this program provided clarity on our priorities and the steps needed to reach our goals. With that foundation and a selection of identified priority projects, Rachael next taught us how to articulate project ideas in grant application terms and break them down into achievable timelines. The resources and lessons she provided are replicable, and we will definitely use them in our future grant work. With grant projects in place, Rachael additionally provided an analysis on grant and foundation opportunities that matched Arc/k’s projects and delivered sample templates for each of our project ideas. "
People come to us when they want more than formulaic answers — they need tailored solutions that will serve them now and in the long term. As big-picture strategists, we don’t swoop in for quick, one-off fixes.
Whether you’re an emerging collection or an established museum, the complexities of archives and collection management are innumerable, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We’ll draw on tried-and-true strategies, but we’re equally excited about vetted, modern opportunities so our clients have options.
From grassroots efforts of local churches to navigating the intricacies of large organizations, we know how to find the right resources, deploy the best plan of action, and coordinate the outreach you need to meet your mission.
Launching or reviving collection programs is no easy feat. I've worked with dozens of organizations, from small to federal-level, and I can scope your collection plan appropriately; including pragmatic steps to manage your collection with ease.