Angela L. Todd
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:
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
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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
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Can’t make it? A replay will be sent to all registrants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.