This home movie from the Harry and William Birch Collection shows Harry and Lucille Birch immediately following their 1917 wedding in Milwaukee, WI. Born in 1895, Harry first began filming news in Chicago sometime around 1915, and by 1919, he was a cameraman for Fox News. He continued to make news and industrial films in the Chicago and Detroit area until the 1950s.
Working at the time for both the Rothacker Film Co. and the Chicago Tribune Animated Newsreel, Harry Birch is the only known moving image cameraman to have captured the immediate aftermath of one of Chicago’s worst disasters: the sinking of the SS Eastland, on July 24, 1915. To learn more about Harry’s experiences on that tragic morning, visit our blog.
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Regional Film Collections
- Always Coming Home Project
- Anna and Archer Huntington Home Movies
- Fredrick C. Adams Home Movies Collection
- Heyward Gibbes Home Movies
- Houlis Home Movies
- Itinerant Filmmakers in South Carolina
- John Herchak Home Movies Collection
- Lever-Karst Family Home Movies
- Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman Home Movies
- Martin Family Home Movies Collection
- Mary H. Schaub Collection
- Olin E. Gambrell Collection
- Paul Rubenstein Collection
- Phelps Sisters Home Movies Collection
- Scott Nixon Home Movies
- South Carolina Arts Commission Collection
- USC Athletic Department Films
- Watson-Cambre Home Movies Collection
- YMCA Collection
Science and Nature Films
- African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
- Curated Collections, Moving Image Research Collections
- Edwin E. Gordon Archive Collection
- Eleanor Phelps' Cruise Around the World, 1922
- Fox Movietone News: The War Years
- MIRC Award for Creative Editing
- The National Media Literacy Conference Collection
- Roman Vishniac: The Subject is Nature
- South Carolina Manuscripts Collections
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MIRC will soon be the permanent home to four decades of the U.S. Marine Corps’ film history currently housed at the History Division in Quantico, Virginia. More than 1,000 hours of this archival film footage will be transferred to the University Libraries and added to MIRC’s significant collections. Be a part of the mission to save this one-of-a-kind leatherneck legacy.