Thanks first and foremost to my advisor, Dr. Meredith Linn, for her kind enthusiasm and guidance in the making of this project. Equal levels of gratitude go towards to Dr. Jesse Merandy and his steady support on grappling with the screen, and Dr. Catherine Whalen, for sparking this journey. Thanks also to the Bard Graduate Center faculty, staff, and the Founder and Director Dr. Susan Weber.
Deep thanks to all the incredibly helpful people who have offered guidance and resources along the way, including the incredible generosity of Miriam Sicherman and Closet Archaeology, the staff at the NYC Municipal Archives Library, Joshua Rowley at Duke University Archives, Richard Saunders from candywrapperarchive.com, Dr. Robin Nagle, and many more.
Thank you also to my family and my lovely friends, particularly my generous guinea pigs – Gaia Lettere, Neeta Patel, Angela Zhou, Brockett Horne, Emma Cormack, Juliane Ding, and many others – all who have dug through trash with me, digitally, physically, and spiritually.