Rachel Henson is an archivist at the Carl Albert Center’s Congressional Archives. She manages all processing projects of the center’s physical archival material and is chair of the ARC Consortium at the University.
Rachel earned her master’s degree in archival management from Simmons University in 2015. While completing her degree, she arranged and described several collections of physical and digital material at a wide range of archival repositories in the Boston area, including the Massachusetts State Archives. Before beginning her career in archives, she worked in academic, special and public libraries. Rachel is also an alumna of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2013.
As head of processing, Rachel works with donors to appraise and acquire collections. She undertakes intensive and prolonged processing projects in order to process and make closed collections available for researchers. She also leads re-processing projects on open collections to improve their arrangement, condition and metadata. Rachel utilizes her years of experience in the library and information science field while standardizing the center's holdings' metadata, fulfilling reference requests from researchers, creating workflows and best practices, and practicing collection maintenance.
Rachel is currently on the board of the Oklahoma Archivists Association and holds memberships in the Society of Southwest Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, and the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. She volunteers in the library at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center and is a volunteer transcriber for the Smithsonian Online Transcription Center.