Tag Archive: archival film

Jun 30

Willie Lee Buffington and the Faith Cabin Libraries

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The following post was written by MIRC Assistant Director and Curator for Regional Film Collections, Lydia Pappas. In November 2015, preservation copying of the Willie Lee Buffington Collection films was completed by Colorlab, with thanks to a National Film Preservation Foundation Basic Preservation grant. This collection consists of six reels, or approximately 1,864 feet of …

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May 24

Beaten by their own Scoop: Fox Movietone News and the Orteig Prize

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The following blog is adapted from a presentation delivered by MIRC Curator Dr. Greg Wilsbacher to the Orphan Film Symposium X (April 7, 2016, Library of Congress, National Audio Video Conservation Center, Culpeper, VA). “Movietone” sound was a patented system first perfected by Theodore Case and Earl I. Sponable at the Case Research Labs in …

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Mar 21

Reports from MIRC: What Do Film Archivists Do All Day? What Are These Strange Terms They Use?

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This post was written by UofSC graduate student Chris Fite. It is the second in a series of reports about his Spring 2016 internship at MIRC, originally posted on the author’s website. It has been reproduced here with his permission. You can read more about Chris’ experiences in the archive, including his inaugural post, here.  So, what does one …

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Dec 15

Bull Street, Segregated

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This blog entry was written by Public History M.A. student Clara Bertagnolli as part of a project for the University of South Carolina Fall 2015 course, FILM 710: Media and Archives. Each student was tasked with the job of designing a project using archived media. Students were encouraged to take advantage of the resources available …

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Nov 17

Supercomputers, Nitrate, and Death-as-an-Interface

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This guest post was written by Evan Meaney, Assistant Professor of Media Arts in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design. Professor Meaney’s work centers around the belief that the aspirations and possibilities of art are bound to the technologies that support them. Those technologies, as embodied in specific media, are …

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Nov 09

HMD 2015 Recap: Kodachrome, Film Reels, and Cesar Romero

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Another successful Home Movie Day! We are grateful to partners Historic Columbia and The Nickelodeon, to the families who submitted home movies for screening, and to all of you who came out to celebrate. More than 50 Columbians dropped by during the Soda City Farmers Market to chat with our staff about the challenges of preserving and …

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Nov 03

45 Years of “Awareness”

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Join us on November 12th in celebrating 45 years of WIS-TV’s Awareness. Founded in 1970, Awareness was an innovative news magazine program made entirely by African Americans for a Black audience. The show remains on the air to this day. Original host J.P. Neal Jr., and former host Jackie Johnson will discuss the creation and …

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Sep 24

The Significance of “Felicia” and Preserving Nontheatrical Film

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The School of Visual Art and Design, along with University Libraries, invited North Carolina State University Professor Dr. Marsha Gordon to USC on September 17 and 18. Below, Dr. Gordon describes her visit, and discusses the film Felicia and the importance of preserving nontheatrical films. I was invited to come down to University of South …

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Aug 19

Elinor Smith: The “Flying Flapper”

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When conjuring images of pilots flying during the 1920s and 1930s, the names that most easily leap to mind are Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. Earhart may be the most widely known aviatrix today, but in the early years of aviation, there were many women pushing the boundaries of aeronautics. Elinor Smith was one of these …

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Jul 14

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

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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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