Publications, Teaching, Presentations & Interviews

PUBLICATIONS

Forthcoming

“Borders and Boundaries,” co-editor of special issue for The Moving Image 23.1. With Dr. Jennifer Jenkins (University of Arizona).

“Mobilizing Women In a Few Easy Steps! (A Feminist Triptych).” Video essay, Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies. [Forthcoming 2023.]

“’Carol Lane’ and the Cinematic Life of Shell Oil’s First Living Trademark.” Energy Imaginaries, eds. Marina L. Dahlquist and Patrick Vondereau [Forthcoming.]

Peer-reviewed/Chapters

Tribesourcing Southwest Films: Counter-Narrations and Reclamation,” KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies on Indigenous Knowledges, co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins and Rhiannon Sorrell (June 2021). DOI: 10.18357/kula.133

“Gone Estray.” Video essay. Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 5.4, 2019.

“Opening The Can: Home Movies In The Public Sphere.” Eds. Martha McNamara and Karan Sheldon. Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England, 1915-1960. Indiana University Press (2017). Winner of Society For Cinema and Media Studies’s 2018 book award for best edited collection.

Non-peer-reviewed

Documentary Now!  And Then…” Book review: Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics (Patricia R. Zimmermann, 2019)”, The Moving Image 19.2 (Fall 2019 [December 2020]).

Richard Pryor’s Peoria: Footnotes and Fandom.” Digital project review. American Quarterly, Volume 72, Number 1 (March 2020).

Cue the Women: Public Access Cable Early 1970s – 1980s. Video essay. Raleigh Television Network, Channel 10 (April 2015). https://vimeo.com/123631501.

“Long Live The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.” The Moving Image 12.2 (December 2012): 178-181.

“Welcome Back: Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference. November 16–19, 2011, Austin, Texas.” The Moving Image 12.2 (December 2012): 193-199.

Online

“Showing Your Work,” melissadollman.com, November 2018, https://melissadollman.com/uncategorized/showing-your-work/.

“George Stoney: Carolina Roots,” Southern Oral History Program, November 2017, https://sohp.org/digital-exhibits/.

“Ongoing Greatness and What Brings You to Maine?” Moving Image Archive News, November 5, 2015, http://www.movingimagearchivenews.org/ongoing-greatness-and-what-brings-you-to-maine/.

“Fascinating Film Collection Receives Expert Care and a Preservation Grant.” History For All the People | State Archives of North Carolina, July 3, 2014, http://ncarchives.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/fascinating-film-collection-receives-care-preservation-grant/.

“Women’s Radio History Revived at the Schlesinger Library.” Manuscript Repositories NewsletterA newsletter from the Manuscript Repositories Section of the Society of American Archivists, Spring 2012, http://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/MRS_Spring_2012_Newsletter_1.pdf.

 

TEACHING | INVITED LECTURES | ASSISTANTSHIPS | TUTORING

Invited Lecturer. “Tribesourcing Southwest Film: Rebalancing Historical Portrayals in Midcentury Sponsored Films.” New York University (remote), April 28, 2022.

Invited Lecturer. “Tribesourcing Southwest Film: Talking Back to the Screen and Setting the Record Straight.” Dartmouth College (remote), April 22, 2022.

Invited Lecturer. “Changing Lanes: A Reanimation of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane.” Sarah Lawrence College (remote), March 31, 2022.

Co-Instructor. “Home Movies and American History.” University of California – Riverside/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (remote). Winter 2022.

Invited Lecturer. “AMST 202: Historical Approaches to American Studies.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (remote), March 16, 2021.

Instructor. “AMST 201: Literary Approaches to American Studies | Travel & American Identity.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (remote), Summer 2020. 

  • Lecture topics: Travel novels, travel guides, travelogues, home movies, tourism, time & space travel, horror
  • A study of interdisciplinary methods and the concept of American Studies with an emphasis on the historical context for literary texts broadly conceived.

Invited Lecturer. “AMST 202: Historical Approaches to American Studies.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 7, 2019.

Teaching Assistant. “How to Study the South Today: Methods in Southern Studies.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Spring 2019.

Graduate Research Consultant. “Death & Dying: III.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Spring 2019.

Teaching Assistant/Co-teaching. “Food and American Studies.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fall 2018.

Teaching Assistant/Co-teaching. “Documenting Communities.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Spring 2017.

  • Lecture topics: Archival research, home movies and activist archiving, personal archiving, digital preservation, community archiving, aural/oral documentation, American Indian museums/memorial sites. Developed course website.

Teaching Assistant. “Introduction to American Legal Education.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fall 2016.

Substitute Instructor. Saint Mary’s School. October 2014- May 2016

Instructor/Consultant. “Nonfiction Media.” (ENG 585), North Carolina State University, Fall 2015. Guest lectured and co-developed a final student project for Dr. Devin Orgeron’s graduate students that traces the history of Raleigh’s own Century Film Studios. The end result is an exhibit in an interactive digital space at NCSU’s Hunt library and accompanying website that features moving images as well as students’ contextualizing research.

  • Lecture topics: Archival research, presentation specs for exhibition

Invited lecturer. “Researching Rosie the Riveter.” Film and the 1980s (ENG 492/IDS 496), North Carolina State University, November 2015.

Co-instructor. “Film and the Archive.” (ENG 585), North Carolina State University, Fall 2013. Co-taught a graduate seminar with Dr. Devin Orgeron. In this course we covered archival research methods, moving image archive history, copyright and fair use, cataloguing, ethics, preservation issues facing various formats, and other topics.

  • Lecture topics: Film archives/culture, ethics, home movies, copyright and fair use, stock footage and reference, archival research

Invited lecturer. Bibliography and Methods of Research (ENG 669), North Carolina State University, September 2013. On the role of audiovisual archivists and related research. With Dr. Devin Orgeron. September 2013.

Tutor. Project Read (San Francisco). ca. 2002-2003. Tutored writing skills to adult learners.

Teaching Assistant. City College of San Francisco. Ancient Art History. 1997. Reviewed course materials, facilitated discussion, and prepared students to excel in the course; assisted professor in organizing slides and evaluating exams.

 

PRESENTATIONS

“Holiday Oddities,” screening and presentation with Dr. Devin Orgeron at Palm Springs Cultural Center, December 20, 2022. Trailer.

“Tribesourcing A-V Resources: A Path to Repatriation,” talk with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, Annual conference of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Temecula, CA, October 25-27, 2022.

“A Conversation with Tribesourcing Southwest Film,” workshop and public talk given as part of the San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema’s The Archive Project series on “Archives and Activism.” With Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, San Francisco State University (remote), September 30, 2022.

“The Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project: A Diné Response to the Sponsored Educational Film The Navajo Moves Into the Electronic Age.” With Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Michael Parrish, Orphan Film Symposium, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada, June 16, 2022.

“Personal Archiving Best Practices Workshop.” The Learning Center, Palm Springs Public Library, March 9, 2022.

“Digital Shorts” lightning talk on fully digital dissertation and using Esri ArcGIS Online. American Studies Association annual conference, remote, October 2021.

“Webinar 5: Mukurtu & Tribesourcing Southwest Films,” remote presentation with Jennifer Jenkins and Rhiannon Sorrell, for Community Archiving Workshop, June 23, 2021.

Home Movie Day, Palm Springs,” online experience co-hosted with Dr. Devin Orgeron, April 15-May 31, 2021. Trailer.

Gender and Research: A Carolina Seminar featuring Graduate Student Dissertation Research Projects” hosted by Carolina Women’s Center, UNC Graduate School, and UNC Department of Women and Gender Studies. Co-presenter. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Virtual), March 25, 2021.

“’Touring Gets a Woman’s Touch’: Carol Lane and Shell Oil’s Pursuit of Clubwomen.” Virtual presentation before P.E.O. (Coachella Valley) chapter, February 18, 2020.

“Tribesourcing Southwest Films: Counter-Narrations and Speaking Back to Colonial Rhetoric.” With Dr. Jennifer Jenkins and Rhiannon Sorrell. Digital Humanities 2020 (DH2020), Ottawa, ON, Canada, July 22 – 24, 2020 [Virtual conference due to Covid-19 pandemic. Online presentation.]

Protocols Webinar Series (3): Providing Context through Centering Indigenous Voices.” Webinar produced in collaboration with the Society of American Archivists Native American Archives Section and The Association of Moving Image Archivists and hosted by Jennifer O’Neal, with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Crystal Littleben, June 2020.

Augmented Humanity Podcast, four-part interview with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, New Mexico Humanities Council and KUNM-FM, June 2020.

“Archival Screening Night Roadshow” screening co-host and Q&A with Dr. Devin Orgeron. Palm Springs Cultural Center, May 2, 2020 [Postponed due Covid-19 pandemic — Intro and film prerecorded for June 13, 2020.]

“Airtable for A/V Archivists” webinar, presenter and Q&A moderator, Association of Moving Image Archivists, May 20-21, 2020.

2020 Research Computing Symposium poster presentation (Honorable Mention award), Duke University, February 5, 2020

Domestic Archeology: Seeing the World Through Home Movies” screening of home movies and lecture on their connection to the film industry. With Dr. Devin Orgeron. Welwood Murray Memorial Library, Palm Springs, CA, November 19, 2019

“Tribesourcing Midcentury Educational Films: Digital Repatriation and Local Knowledge.” With Jennifer Jenkins, and Rhiannon Sorrell. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Baltimore, MD, November 13-16, 2019

“Tribesourcing Vintage Educational Films: Repurposing with Native Narrations.” With Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Amy Fatzinger. Annual conference of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Temecula, CA, October 8-10, 2019

“‘Visual Prosopography’: A Multimedia and Performative Approach to Collective Biography.” “Be/holding:Visual and Archival Approaches in American Studies” panel with Katelyn M. Campbell and John Bechtold, American Studies Colloquium Series, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, October 2, 2019

“Changing Lanes: A Reanimation Of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane,” The Association for Computers and the Humanities Conference (http://ach2019.ach.org/), Pittsburgh, PA, July 2019

“Changing Lanes: A Reanimation Of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane,” Digital Humanities 2019 (DH2019) Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 9-12, 2019

“Changing Lanes: A Public Relations Network and Shell Oil’s Carol Lane,” Thinking with Cinema:  New Directions in Videographic Criticism, Theory, and Practice panel, Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Seattle, WA, March 2019 

“Changing Lanes: A Reanimation of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane.” Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS 2018), Loyola University Chicago, November 9-11, 2018

“Kitchen In Your Car: Shell Oil Company’s Carol Lane and the Interrelationship Between Road-tripping and Eating Out(side).” Graduate Association for Food Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill, October 4-6, 2018

“Discovering Infrastructure By Imploding a Forgotten Film: ‘Silent Nite’ (Sic).” Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2018

“Video Annotation Tools: New Pedagogical Approaches to Film + Digital Humanities.” Co-chair with Lauren Tilton. With Grace Hale, Mark Williams, Dimitrios Latsis, and Devin Orgeron. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2017. I was also the DH mini-stream organizer for the conference.

“Digital Shorts” lightning talk on DH portfolio for PhD studies. American Studies Association annual conference, Chicago, IL, November 2017

“Regional Film in the Classroom,” Co-presenter with Devin Orgeron. Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2017

“Grounded Truth and Showing Your Work,” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davis Library Research Hub, April 5, 2017 | and Digital Innovation Lab, April 6, 2017. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/208724691

“The Guerrilla Girls: A Feminist Struggle.” Guest lecturer. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University, March 9, 2017

“1980s Feminism and Rewinding the Video Record.” Feminisms Here and Now Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, December 2016

“Acting Locally: Regional Media and The Pedagogical Mission.” Co-presenter. EYE Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 2016

“Fifteen Dozen Rosies: Field Recordings from the Records of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project, 1974-1980.” Presenter.  Orphan Film Symposium X, Library of Congress, Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, April 2016

“Another Side of the ’80s.” Co-presenter with Kenneth Pinion, Adam Hebert, and Dr. Devin Orgeron. Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2016

“Get it in Writing: The First Annual AMIA Writer’s Workshop.” Co-chair with Dr. Devin Orgeron. Workshop with Devin Orgeron, Karen Gracy, and Regina Longo. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Portland, OR, November 2015

Local History through the Camera Lens” screening featuring the State Archives of North Carolina’s Century Film Productions Motion Picture Films Collection. Speaker, researcher, organizer, and promotion. Curated and digitized films, wrote captions, and edited highlights clip reel. Panel discussion with Dr. Devin Orgeron, associate professor of Film Studies at NC State, Kim Andersen of the State Archives, and Skip Elsheimer (A/V Geeks). Century Film Studios screening trailer. Raleigh, NC, October 2015

“Cue the Women (Er, Woman)” presentation. PechaKucha Night, Raleigh, NC, September 2015

“Cue the Women: Betty Friedan and Cable Access Television in the 1970s-1980s.” Video essay presentation for “Archival Outsiders and the Centralization of Eccentric Media” panel. Co-presenter with Devin Orgeron, Lauren Tilton, and Kenneth Pinion. Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Montreal, Canada, March 2015

“Girls on Film: Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts.” Screening and panel. Curated and edited digitized films. Co-chair, with Devin Orgeron. Speakers: Katherine Keena of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Stephen Parr, and Melanie DeKerlegand. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Savannah, GA, October 2014

Archival Screening Night. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, November 2009, 2010, and 2014

“The Status of Nonfiction: Documentary (Studies) and Nonfiction Non-Theatrical (Studies).” Workshop. Co-presenter with Joshua Malitsky, Jenny Horne, Devin Orgeron, and Alice Lovejoy. Visible Evidence XX, Stockholm, Sweden, August 15-18, 2013

“Engineering the Female Traveler: How to Pack a Suitcase and the Curious Case of the Shell Oil’s ‘Carol Lane.’” Co-presenter with Devin Orgeron. Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2013

“Taking it to The Mat: Footage from the Golden Age of Regional Wrestling with Raleigh’s Own Curtis Toad White.” Co-presenter with Devin Orgeron. Bastard Film Encounter: A Gathering of Film Archivists, Collectors, and Academics, Raleigh, NC, April 2013

“Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Annual Conference Topics.” Campus-wide informal discussion. Co-presenter, with Amy Sloper. Harvard University, March 2013

“The Fate of Film Footage: Bastard Films and the Politics of Provenance.” Workshop. Co-presenter with Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks, Devin Orgeron, Nora Gully, and Oliver Gaycken. Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Chicago, IL, March 2013

Movie Night at the Schlesinger Library: “An evening of short films, featuring Radcliffe Blues.” Speaker and curator. Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, February 2013

Radcliffe Institute featured video. “June Jordan: Writer, Activist, Voice for Liberation.” Script, video curator, and narrator, February 2013 http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/video/june-jordan

“Deep Focus: A Contact Database Integrated Into the AMIA Website.” Panel. Chair and speaker, with Tom Regal, Charles Rogers, and Rachel Beattie. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Seattle, WA, December 2012

“Teens in Trouble – A Look at Old Educational Films.” Lecture/screening. Coordinator/co-presenter with Skip Elsheimer. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA, October 2012

“Betty Friedan at Home.” Speaker. Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2012

“Access to Three Family Collections: How’d We Do It?” Panel. Chair and moderator. Speakers: Rick Prelinger, Ned Thanhouser, and Kim Stanton. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Austin, TX, November 2011

“User Perspectives in the Digital Age: A Roundtable Discussion.” Panel. Co-chair, with Mark Quigley and a panel of eight speakers. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2010

“Margaret Cook Thomson’s Home Movies in China.” Speaker. Orphan Film Symposium, New York University, April 2010

Movie Night at the Schlesinger Library: “Travel Films.” Speaker and co-presenter, with Jeremy Blatter. Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, November 2009

Movie Night at the Schlesinger Library: “Short Educational Films Aimed at Girls, from 1940s-1970s.” Speaker and co-presenter, with Amy Sloper. Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, December 2008

Mobile Media Screening. Co-chair with Stephen Parr. Contacted filmmakers and curated videos for screening. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Savannah, GA, November 2008

“Cast and Crew as Family, Family as Cast and Crew: Henry Koster’s Home Movies.” Presenter. Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2006

 

PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL INTERVIEWS

Unsung Histories Podcast on my digital dissertation and research on Shell Oil’s Carol Lane, January 31, 2022.

A/V Geeks lunchtime virtual 16mm screening on my dissertation topic, Carol Lane. With Skip Elsheimer. May 22, 2020.

Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Digital Dissertation Fellowship interview.

Local Film Talk. “Local History Through the Camera Lens.” With Devin Orgeron. September 29, 2015.

Little Raleigh Radio. “In the Collection.” Interview about collection, pencils, pens, and travel with Danica Cullinan. October 20, 2014.

Association of Moving Image Archivists Newsletter. “AMIA Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Dollman,” Spring 2012.

Moving Image Archive News interview, December 2011.  http://www.movingimagearchivenews.org/interviews-with-moving-image-archivists-2/