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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. There are many ways to access or license our materials. Please contact us for assistance.

COVID-19 and Moving Image Research Collections

To respect social distancing measures and to ensure the health of the campus community, MIRC is currently closed. MIRC faculty and staff continue to serve our clients and patrons remotely by providing:

  • Online access to needed research materials
  • Assistance with research
  • Support for teaching in an online environment
  • Access to digitized content

For licensing and commercial requests, email For all other inquiries, please contact us at


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Policies and Procedures

We are currently changing our online platform and will be moving away from our  Digital Video Repository and into the University Libraries' Digital Collections repository in CONTENTdm. 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 license material for use in film, television, books, or other projects, please email or

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), MIRC will be suspending all in-person classroom activities, tours, and student internships. Faculty and instructors who wish to develop a distance education option for their courses to have digital access to our special collections material are encouraged to contact:

Our curatorial team is also happy to assist patrons with reference requests. 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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