The past is not behind us. It’s not frozen in a one-sided narrative, buried in the basements of institutions, or limited to the pages of books.
History is as alive and relevant as we allow it to be if we are committed to listening to the voices within it. Continuing to forge a relationship with our past keeps us invested in our humanity. It’s the heartbeat of our stories. It’s the archive of our lives.
When I look back on my early years in archives, I realize the experience was masterfully designed so I could reimagine the profession as a whole. Those formative years were the perfect storm of disadvantages — untended archives in shambles, limited funding, and pervasive old-school mentality. I was a young woman working under male-dominated leadership, determined to prove myself, and impossibly tasked with bringing visibility to collections with next to no resources at my disposal. It had all the makings of failure, but it was exactly what I needed to define my place in this work.
The fewer the resources, the more creative I became as a problem-solver; the more taxing my environment grew, the more determined I was to cultivate positive workplaces; the more challenging it became to quantify the value of a collection, the more compelling my outreach and grant writing efforts grew.
The hardships became my edge, my hunger for systemic change, my passion for stewarding stories, and my commitment to being a fierce advocate for fair labor.
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If we’re in history’s service, it requires a hard look at tough truths. The antidote to these difficult conversations is having the humility to realize that we have everything to gain from an honest accounting of our past. At Relicura, we lean into discomfort, and we’re energized by the repair work needed in this critical period of historical correction. We call out antiquated practices for what they really are — vehicles for perpetuating historical fabrications and depriving us of the beauty and wisdom of the unheard.
While we’re well-versed in traditional approaches, our allegiance isn’t to old-school practices by default. We’re nimble, and we don’t shy away from projects that are complex or require us to think in unconventional ways. We meet you where you are, innovate with what you have, and find the best pathway to accomplish your goals.
At Relicura, we bring our whole selves to our work. We cultivate affirming, shame-free spaces, so you feel safe to discuss your challenges freely, and we feel comfortable providing honest feedback. And while we operate with great sensitivity, we won’t obscure the truths you need to hear at the expense of moving your mission forward.
We’re not interested in limiting the conversation to those who have always had a seat at the table. We want to hear from storytellers beyond the profession, empower historically-marginalized groups to find platforms to amplify their voices, and find the gaps so we can ensure wider representation. We invest our energy locally and within our ecosystem with the understanding that if our neighbor is healthy, happy, and heard, we all benefit.
We realize that not everyone is ready for or in need of our services, but we also believe in contributing to the professional space by free-sharing information and resources. We provide monthly educational webinars and blogs at no cost to support our community and learn from one another. We also proudly partner with The Northwest Archivists' Archivist in Residence Program, a paid internship residency, in support of our newer professionals.
We’re a heart-centered, empathic team driven by a deep appreciation for the contributions of others. We respect our work, our time, and ourselves, and we seek client partners who align with our values. We’ve adopted a culture that’s pro-challenge but anti-hustle; we work smart, play hard, and rest harder. In addition to offering 100% remote work, flexible schedules, and 120 hours of PTO, we're shut down Thanksgiving week and the time between Christmas and the New Year. We’re tireless advocates for ethical workplaces including market-rate compensation for all employees, contractors, and service providers, fair-labor models, a retirement plan, and full medical benefits.