Rachael Cristine Consulting


For archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations, it’s a big challenge to find the expertise you need to get the job done. This is especially true when you’re faced with complex and daunting collection projects where it’s not easy to 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 is to find the right resources, staffing, and know-how to properly manage your collections.

I specialize in collections care, management, and grant acquisition strategy.

My mission is to empower archives, museums, and heritage organizations to tackle tough projects with confidence. I'm an expert in launching new collection initiatives and assisting emerging collection programs with collections care and management.

If you're ready to partner on a project, please send an email to: [email protected]

"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."

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

"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."

Astoria Public Library

"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. "

Arc/k Project

Collection Planning and Management

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.


Digital Collections Management

Digital collections are a powerful tool when you have the right CMS platform in place. Whether you need help with cutting-edge digital technology, choosing a new CMS, or creating a collaborative portal--I've successfully done it all.


Grant Writing and Teaching

From small local grants, to private foundations, to large federal grants--I've applied to them all and won. Working with me is an investment in your organization so that you can get the money and resources you need to get the job done. 


Historical Research and Genealogy

We're creating history every day. As a trained historian I work with organizations to research their history and help them identify and preserve their legacy. For individuals, I help find forgotten family lineages and long-lost relatives.


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