Rachel Henson is an archivist at the Carl Albert Center’s Congressional Archives. She manages all processing projects of the center’s archival material and is a co-chair of the ARC Consortium at the University.
Rachel graduated from Simmons University with a Master’s degree in archival management 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. Prior to beginning her career in archives, she worked in academic, special, and public libraries. Rachel is also an alumnus 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, often multi-year processing projects in order to process and make available closed collections. She also leads re-processing projects on open collections to improve their arrangement, condition, and metadata.
Rachel utilizes her eight years of experience in the library and information science field while standardizing our holdings' metadata, fulfilling reference requests from researchers, creating workflows and best practices, and practicing collection maintenance.
Rachel also creates and manages the archival content of the Center’s social media pages.
Besides working at the Carl Albert Center, Rachel’s professional interests include government records, improving user access, and constituent correspondence.
She currently sits as a Member-At-Large of the Oklahoma Archivists Association and holds memberships in the Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists.
When she is not at work, Rachel enjoys playing video games and spending time with her fiancé and two cats.