It’s not history
without women.

 

Change history by

adding your legacy to it.

 

And every woman
has a story worth saving.

Angela L. Todd

Your Archivist: 

I spent 18 years as “archivist and senior research scholar” at an academic science library, actively trying to add women & people of color to the global historical record of a branch of science, and looking for the folks who were already included almost accidentally. I have degrees in women’s history and cultural theory — the latter means that I see the cultural value of everyday practices such as food, clothing, hobbies, and domestic arrangements.

 I can’t recommend Angela L. Todd’s services highly enough. She was compassionate, professional, and organized.” ~ Thea Arnold

Schedule a free 30 minute consult:

Trained as a teacher and public educator, Angela loves to engage groups on topics related to family and women’s history, oral history, legacy-building, and archives — particularly in relation to historically excluded populations. For more information click here. 

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Your Story Matters: Understanding your path to the present and how you can shape the future

A 90-minute virtual workshop for heart-centered folks interested in their history and legacy.

  • Thursday, December 1, 2022, 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT
  • Sunday, December 4, 2022, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT

Know you’re in? 

Click HERE to choose your session and reserve your seat.

Genealogy: There is a true emotional connection to knowing your story. Whether it confirms what you have heard or it opens up a whole new world to you …you will feel different when you discover your roots. We are connected to our ancestors. You can physically see this when ”Uncle Larry’s ears” get passed on to the next generation. But strength and perseverance and hope along with many gifts are also passed down.. 

Imagine what your ancestors went through when they got on the boat, many with ten dollars sewn inside their skirts and some not speaking English… They were doing it for their children and their grandchildren. They were doing it for you! There is so much wisdom in learning about their lives.  It is all a part of your story.

In “Tell Me Our Story,” genealogist Bernadette O’Brien Thompson will guide you through:

  • How to discover the story that came before you.
  • Understanding online platforms to research and save your tree (one is free!).
  • See how genealogy has changed in 2022. It’s not your grandma’s genealogy any more! 
  • The process: gathering, research, understanding the tools that are available to you.
  • An introduction to benefits of DNA in research and how it can help those who are adopted or have adoption in their family history. 

You’ll leave this portion of the workshop with a guide to gathering what you need to begin your journey,  an introduction to DNA and its benefits to ancestral research, and a list of common mistakes often made in research. You’ll feel more empowered with a framework for understanding your history.

When we know our past, it helps us understand our present and allows our whole story to be saved for the future. 

    Archives: History is written based on what is saved in our archives. And when you save and share your story, you’re contributing to what can be known. And you’re honoring future generations, because you are leaving them a legacy.

    Every woman has a story worth saving. But women’s voices have not been captured in local or national public archives. 

    When you gather and save your papers and photos, you are honoring who you are, and your ancestors who hoped for a better future. You are honoring the story that’s a part of you.

    One day every woman’s story will be told.  And it starts with you.

    In “Build Your Legacy with Archives,” archivist Angela L. Todd will walk you through:

    • What to save in your archival collection …and what not to!
    • Archival Supplies: what does “archival” mean and what difference does it make?
    • Preservation: easy strategies to radically increase the life of your paper collection.
    • Three key steps to backing up your digital collection.
    • Different kinds of archival institutions.

    You’ll leave this portion of the workshop knowing: what goes in an archive collection, how to preserve your original paper materials, and best practices for backing up your digital history.

    SEATING WILL BE LIMITED so grab your spot now! 

    Introductory price: $35

    Click HERE to choose your session and reserve your seat.

    Can’t make it? A replay will be sent to all registrants.

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    Your Papers

    We’ve never had so much stuff!  We have the biggest collections ever, as our capacity to take photos and save papers increases. Keeping our history is a task that falls forward and usually falls to women — all the photos, mementos, letters, and paperwork. Yet women are still a small slice of archives and a tiny fraction of published history. It’s up to us to insist on our inclusion.

    Research

    We can work on your unidentified family photos, details surrounding your genealogy, and more. Angela Todd helps you sift through your family records and old family photos to create a family archive that’s complete and accurate.

    Oral History

    The biggest mistake people make with capturing stories is hesitating… until it’s too late. Oral histories strengthen families and change history. Let’s capture them before they slip away. 

    Workshops & Speaking to Your Group

    I would love to speak to your group about the importance of adding women’s collections to archives & historical societies, or lead a workshop around family history, family photo preservation, or personal archives.

    Collection Placement

    Let’s find a permanent place to house your papers. Donate your collection for scholars to use in their research — historical society, museum, archive, or cultural collection — and your family can keep donating into the future.

    My Services

    Oral History

    Finding a birth parent, recounting a proposal, feelings upon meeting a new child. These are untold stories that can only be captured with oral history. There may be no evidence left behind at all. Community oral histories like rumors about the underground railroad may point us TO the evidence once we know to look for it.

    Personal & Family Archives

    Gather up everything you want to save: photos, letters, passports, journals. I’ll come by for a day or two and organize and catalogue all that time allows, with instructions on how to carry on with it. I help clients sort through family records and photos to create a family archive that’s accurate and ready to share.

    VIP: Vast, intensive, private

    This “wraparound” package includes oral history, archives, and genealogical work. With this three-pronged approach to unearthing the past, you’ll get the fullest story, know the most, about it. I’ll use my vast experience as an archivist to bring order to your archives & help you make sense of your records for generations to come.

    Research

    Let’s take your history to the next level! Angela L. Todd loves fleshing out genealogies with historical photos and immigration politics of the time. She also loves a good mystery, and would enjoy researching unidentified photographs or photo albums in your collection.  Angela L. Todd consults on the storage and preservation of rare photos and documents.

     

    Collection Placement

    Angela L. Todd offers consultations regarding placing a collection or family items in a meaningful public repository — historical society, museum, archive, or cultural collection.

    Writing Our Kids Into History: for moms of medical, atypical, or special needs children

    Traditional record-keeping does not account for our kids. It simply can’t.  It relies on collecting data from the institutions that track graduations, marriages, having children, and so on. So we are going to do it ourselves! This is a great way to get started, or it can stand alone.

    This is for you if:

    • You do not want your child forgotten.
    • You have a story to tell — maybe it will be for your child later.
    • Your child’s story cannot simply be reduced to medical data.
    • You’ve been thinking about writing on your child’s, your family’s or your experience.
    • You’re ready to add a STORY to the dates that show up on your family tree for your child.
    • You want to capture all the details while they are still recent.
    • You want to organize your thoughts about what’s happening right now.
    • You giggle about the whole world learning to wash their hands, which we with atypical kids consider old news.

    CLICK HERE for all the details about this 6-week Group Program.

    Workshops by Angela Todd

    Tell & Show Photos: a framed & illustrated story

    Share your story in your home for all to see. Put photos and written words on display to pay tribute, celebrate an occasion, and enjoy yourself! Take your photo duplicates from hiding to hanging!

    Service Providers' Workshop

    Knowing family history makes kids more confident, and  teaches coping skills. Family history can be part of premarital counseling & parenting planning: what traits from your family of origin will you bring forward into the family, which will you not? Listing family traits and introducing “choice” in bringing them along is a powerful act for parents. And kids.

    One Special Photo: the story of a great shot

    Choose a photo that captures a tradition, a special moment, or a generation.

    Gather folks to talk about the photo: what all the aunties remember about high school, or the best part of Seder, or mom’s tattoo. A pet that lived forever, that summer at band camp, the big family reunion, or your first car.

    “I always held this photo very dear. But I never imagined how much it would come to life by talking about it. It was such an extraordinary gift to be able to reflect on where we were at that moment—both literally and figuratively. I also gained so much insight about myself, my path in life, and the way my experiences with my friends have shaped the person I have become. I came away from this experience with so much joy and hope.” Dr. Mary Sokolowski, One Special Photo client.

    $247 

     

    ~ Happy Clients ~

    Thea & Deborah Arnold

    Oral History, Collection Placement

    “My mother and I were challenged  organizing my stepfather’s records. He had had numerous careers, moved often, and collected ephemera relating to his family’s history. There were few official records of his life, but MANY photos, collected art, curated folk music, and the like. Along with his widow (his third wife), we attempted to list and organize what we had, and brainstorm where to donate it. I am a US historian, so initially (and incorrectly, I might add!) thought I’d be able to do this. We knew we wanted to donate to an archives or museum that would maintain the integrity of what we were donating–there were original pieces of art and clothing from 3 generations back, along with letters, for example, and we wanted all of that to stay together rather than donating the art to an art museum, the letters and records to an archive, etc. We hit roadblock after roadblock. I reached out to Angela. She was tremendously helpful! She suggested doing interviews with all 3 of us, and then spear-headed locating a local museum (where dad spent summers with his grandparents) to donate his collection. We were all so relieved! Angela remained in touch with all three of us during this complicated process, and facilitated introductions to the local museum. My father’s wife carefully wrapped and sent the various pieces of art and clothing, and after following Angela’s suggestions on how to organize his papers and familial records, sent along the rest of the collection as well. It turned out the museum was OVERJOYED to receive this collection!

    Candice Hozza

    ”Oral History, Genealogy, Archives

    “I’ve had many beautiful tears during the last few days of interviewing family members and finding out such heart-touching stories about how people got together, and how people lived back then. I never knew how intimately people were connected. We are discovering great stories. We realized the urgency today when we talked to my aunt and she said, ‘I don’t have anyone left that I can share these stories with.’ And she was so happy to talk about it. So find the people in your life that mean something to you and ask questions.”

    Dr. Rev. Terrlyn Curry Avery

    Oral History

    “We all want our relatives to live forever. We miss them terribly when they’re gone. But we don’t want to lose them completely. They live on in our hearts through their stories and memories. I am so glad we did this, especially now that my mom has passed out of this world.”

     

    Patrice Dunckley

    Oral History, Archives, Collection Placement

    “The work we must do to create the world we say we want has many layers. One of them is to include the voices of the unrecorded in our collective archives.  I am working with Angela to find an historical archive for the family papers and pictures of my first step-mother’s ancestors who escaped the pogroms of pre-WWI Russia.  None of them achieved fame or notoriety. None of them built a business or ran for office. What they did do is record moments of their lives in story and picture.  It is a project of scope. A project of vital importance. An act of resistance to the status quo.” 

    Don't let your story be lost.