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University Libraries - Moving Image Research Collections

Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) strives to preserve our global moving image heritage, diversify understandings of moving image culture, and envision a better future by encouraging new interpretations of the recent past.
 

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Elinor Smith was a pioneering pilot who pushed the boundaries of aeronautics in the early years of flight. She was government-licensed by 16, an endurance record setter at 17, and voted the country’s Best Female Pilot at age 19. Smith’s skills, daring, and advocacy for women fliers have left an indelible mark on the history of aviation.

In March of 1931, Smith attempted to set a new world altitude record. This flight resulted in a forced landing that left her completely unharmed. She explains what happened in these Movietone newsreel outtakes. She made a second attempt on April 9, in which she reached 32,000 feet.

Read more about the accomplishments of this incredible aviatrix on our blog.

Visit the MIRC Digital Video Repository for more films.

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The collections below are just a sample of our offerings, and each one contains materials available online. Click the links to access videos and other curated content.

For more information and a complete list of all the MIRC holdings, visit our Collections page. Individual items may also be searched in our Reference Catalog.

Located at 707 Catawba St., MIRC is open to the public Mon. - Fri., 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Thousands of hours of material may be viewed for free.

Phone: 803-777-6841, Fax: 803-777-4756
Email: MIRC@mailbox.sc.edu

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Preserve the U.S. Marine Corps Film Archive

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.