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U.S. Marine Corps Film Fund

Join our mission.

The University of South Carolina Libraries Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) is partnering with Quantico’s Marine Corps University to house, digitize and share the United States Marine Corps films worldwide. The ultimate goal is to build a website that would allow Marines, their families, veterans, military buffs, filmmakers, researchers, historians and students access to the films online — anywhere, anytime, free of charge.

To accomplish these objectives, MIRC needs to raise $2 million.

The U.S. Marine Corps Film Repository contains 10,000 previously unreleased films documenting the actions of the Marines around the world throughout the 20th century. The extensive collection of 16mm and 35mm films includes footage of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and peacetime training, testing and public relations activities.

All images courtesy of the USMC History Division film archive, Quantico, Va.

Images included in the Marine Corps film archive are seen above.  They include scenes of:

These are just a sampling of the more than 1,800 hours of film included in this collection. 

MIRC, located in Columbia, South Carolina, is one of the largest and most respected academic film and video repositories in the country. Its holdings of rare and archival film are used by well-known documentary filmmakers, historians and scholars worldwide.

To save and share the entire historic film archive, MIRC must raise funds to:

  • Purchase machines and specialized computers to scan all the film digitally
  • Hire and pay staff to review, interpret and catalog the vast collection
  • Fund the construction of databases, web portals and web servers to host the videos
  • Provide ongoing technological and web-based support to ensure the collection remains accessible

We cannot accomplish this mission without you.

Updated 4/4/2017

Watch Bernard Shaw, CNN Anchor Emeritus and Marine, share more about this important project.

Give Today

The time to give is now. The Marines who served the country in the 20th century are aging. Their memories – a vital source of context for interpreting these films – will soon be lost.

To discuss gift options, contact:

Beth Well
University of South Carolina Libraries Director of Development

All donations are fully tax deductible.

Donor Spotlight

Longtime USC Libraries supporters Richard and Novelle Smith donated funds to support the preservation and digitization of films from the MIRC’s United States Marine Corps Film Repository and to honor the service of family members, brothers and proud Marines, James and John Davis.

Learn about the Lt. Col. James H. Davis Film Vault and John S. Davis Scanning Center.