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    Moving Image Research Collections

    One of the 10 largest archives of its type in the nation, Moving Image Research Collections makes the world come alive.

Moving Image Research Collections

The University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) preserves films and videos produced outside the American feature film industry to make them available to present and future audiences. MIRC promotes worldwide access to its collections, facilitates study and research, and supports the creative community through licensing activities.

Access Our Collections

The Moving Image Research Collections holdings can be accessed BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. For inquiries related to research and for assistance please contact us at For usage and licensing, please write to



Policies and Procedures

MIRC materials can be viewed on our digital collections homepage. Materials are selected for the repository based, in part, on patrons’ requests. Feel free to contact us at or call 803-777-6841 about viewing or obtaining specific footage.

The general public, as well as students, faculty, and staff may view material online free of charge.

The university owns the rights to most of the material held by MIRC and relies in part on licensing revenues to offset the expense of caring for archival film materials. Licensing fees and agreements vary based upon the duration of footage licensed, the nature of the work in which they will be included, and the size of the audience the work is expected to reach.

Search records from the entire Movietone News Collection in the library catalog.

To research and license material for use in film, television, books, or other projects, please email

MIRC is happy to support teaching, research, and assist faculty and instructors interested in scheduling instruction sessions.

For all instruction inquiries, tours, and student internships, or for any other general question related to MIRC, please contact MIRC’s Director Daniela Currò at

Our curatorial team is also happy to assist patrons with instruction sessions and reference requests not related to licensing activities (for licensing see the dedicated section above)Specific areas of responsibility for curatorial staff are as follows:

Newsfilm and Military Films Collections
Including the Fox Movietone News Collection and the United States Marine Corps Film Repository
Greg Wilsbacher,

Regional Film Collections and the Chinese Film Collection
Including home movie collections
Lydia Pappas,

Local TV News Collections and Science and Nature Films
Including the WIS-TV, WLTX-TV and WBTW-TV News Collections
Amy Meaney,



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