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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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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.

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

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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.