Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Deserted Films
Website URL
audiovisual archives, film archives, American women's history, oral history, American Studies, television archives, archives, archival research, research, footage research, footage, sound
Additional Contact Information
Would prefer paid research opportunities only, but am happy to assist on topics close to my heart.

Personal Info

About Me

Melissa Dollman earned her PhD in 2021 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in American Studies. She has been a cataloguer, audiovisual archivist, intern, volunteer, adjunct faculty, exhibit developer, and researcher for cultural heritage institutions including Women In Film Foundation, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Academy Film Archive, Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, State Archives of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Tribesourcing Southwest Film. She has presented at numerous conferences and symposia and was on the national board of the Association of Moving Image Archivists 2016-2020.

She is co-founder of Deserted Films, a home movie archive in Palm Springs, CA.

Recent Publications


Co-editor. “Borders and Boundaries,” Special Issue (22.2) of The Moving Image journal. With Dr. Jennifer Jenkins.

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

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


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).


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).

“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.


“George Stoney: Carolina Roots,” Southern Oral History Program, November 2017,

“Showing Your Work,” Interactive transcript of talk given at University of North Carolina, Davis Library, April 2017.

“Ongoing Greatness and What Brings You to Maine?” Moving Image Archive News. November 5, 2015,

“Fascinating Film Collection Receives Expert Care and a Preservation Grant.” History For All the People | State Archives of North Carolina, July 3, 2014,


Changing Lanes: A Reanimation of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane

Local History through The Camera Lens

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Curated, wrote captions, and edited video/audio materials for exhibit kiosks; project managed and coordinated with the vendor; collaborated with committee on overall theme and appearance of exhibits; brought audiovisual kiosk up to ADA compliance for the sight and hearing impaired. (Reels available upon request.)

  • “Stepping Stones for New Americans” (Spring/2013)
  • “Siting Julia” (Fall/2012)
  • “Women on the Clock” (Fall/2011),”
  • “Inside/Out: The Geography of Gendered Space” (Spring/2010)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Public History, Women