Melissa Dollman

Melissa Dollman ( is pursuing her Ph.D. in American Studies.In 2017-2018, she will be a field scholar for the Southern Oral History Program. For 2016-2017 she was a CDHI Recruitment Fellow embedded in Davis Library, a Graduate Fellow on the Community Histories Workshop team, and an Initiative for Minority Excellence Fellow.

Prior to UNC, she was a cataloguer, librarian, audiovisual archivist, consultant, intern, volunteer, adjunct faculty, exhibit developer, and researcher for a variety of commercial and public institutions (Pacific Film Archive, Women In Film Foundation, UCLA, Academy Film Archive, Discovery Communications, Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, Crawford Media Services, State Archives of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University).

Scholarly projects include “Show Your Work” where she employs video annotation tools to facilitate documentation of archival labor and citation of audiovisual primary materials in documentary works; and her dissertation topic explores distant and close analysis of a mid-20th century semi-fictional women’s travel director for Shell Oil.

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Future presentations:

“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.

Recent presentations:

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

“Grounded Truth and Showing Your Work,” Davis Library Research Hub, April 5, 2017 | and Digital Innovation Lab, April 6, 2017.

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,” Feminism Here and Now-16, UNC, December 3, 2016.