Amy Ciesielski

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Name: Amy Ciesielski
Date registered: September 6, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Beaten by their own Scoop: Fox Movietone News and the Orteig Prize — May 24, 2016
  2. Reports from MIRC: What Do Film Archivists Do All Day? What Are These Strange Terms They Use? — March 21, 2016
  3. Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day — January 18, 2016
  4. Bull Street, Segregated — December 15, 2015
  5. Supercomputers, Nitrate, and Death-as-an-Interface — November 17, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. The Dance Marathon Fad of the 1920s and 1930s — 2 comments
  2. How George Lucas May Have Saved Babe Ruth — 1 comment
  3. The National Film Registry and the Director’s Cut of “Take This Hammer” — 1 comment
  4. Filming the Wreck of the SS Eastland: Harry Birch and the Making of a Chicago News Family — 1 comment
  5. Finding Augusta in MIRC’s Regional Film Collections — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Jul 14

Filming the Wreck of the SS Eastland: Harry Birch and the Making of a Chicago News Family


One hundred years ago this week, the Western Electric Co. in Chicago hosted its employees on the SS Eastland for a day of relaxation, a day away from work, a day together as a family. Over two thousand employees boarded the Great Lakes passenger ship while it was moored on the Chicago River. It was raining. …

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Jun 29

APEX trip to Buenos Aires, June 2015

View of the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosado.

Lydia Pappas, MIRC Assistant Director and Curator, was honored to have been selected to participate in the now annual APEX trip, run by New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (MIAP). Lydia happily agreed to take part in a two-week visit to the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the 1st …

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May 01

Charleston Hospital Workers Strike, 1969

Andrew Young

In March of 1969, African-American hospital workers at the South Carolina Medical College Hospital in Charleston (now MUSC) went on strike when twelve of their co-workers were fired after protesting their treatment and working conditions. The strikers hoped to win back the positions for the twelve who lost their jobs, as well as earn recognition …

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Mar 18

The Dance Marathon Fad of the 1920s and 1930s


March 21st, from 10am to midnight, is the annual Dance Marathon at the University of South Carolina. “It is an annual spring event that celebrates the culmination of a year’s worth of efforts to raise financial and emotional support for the patients of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital located in Columbia.” While USC’s Dance Marathon is …

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Feb 23

Kate Gleason Home Movies Return to Beaufort


On Sunday February 15th, 2015, MIRC assistant director and curator Lydia Pappas gave a talk on the recent discovery and preservation of some previously unidentified films in the MIRC collections at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts in Beaufort. The screening was a success and well attended by local history enthusiasts …

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Feb 13

2014 MIRC Award for Creative Editing Winners Announced

John Phillips

Every year, Moving Image Research Collections gives out Awards for Creative Editing (MIRC ACE) to MART 371 students who complete a class project using content from our collections. We are pleased to announce the 2014 winners: John Phillips (spring semester) and Megan Brooks (fall semester). Rebecca Boyd, who taught both winners, describes the challenge. “Each semester, …

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Nov 07

Caught in the Gaze: Sapelo Islanders and the Presidential Visit of 1928


 This post was written by Dr. Melissa Cooper, Assistant Professor in the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies. Dr. Cooper specializes in African American cultural and intellectual history, and the history of the African Diaspora. Cooper’s current book project examines the emergence of “the Gullah” in scholarly and popular works during the 1920s and the …

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Oct 17

Home Movie Mysteries at MIRC


Films come into MIRC from all kinds of sources and sometimes we don’t know anything about them. Perhaps someone purchased them in a yard sale or found them in a thrift store before donating them. Sometimes other institutions come across them in their own collections and not knowing what to do with them, they send …

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Sep 05

Moving Image Research Collections and The Nickelodeon Host 2014 Home Movie Day


Join USC Libraries’ Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) and the Nickelodeon Theatre for Columbia’s National Home Movie Day 2014 event. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 18th, members of the community are invited to attend the free, family-friendly screening at the Nick, located downtown at 1607 Main Street. Refreshments will be available and …

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Aug 08

Onboard USS Knox: a Home Movie from the Pacific Theater of Operations During World War II


In 1943, John Herchak, an experienced naval officer of nearly a decade, was assigned to USS Knox to set sail for the Pacific Theatre of Operations. Prior to WWII, Herchak had served aboard the battleships New York and Texas. During the early years of American involvement in WWII, he had been assigned to the transport …

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