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University Libraries - Moving Image Research Collections

In support of the mission of the University of South Carolina, Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) preserves films and videos produced outside the American feature film industry, making them available to present and future audiences.

For more information about MIRC's history and holdings, visit our Collections page. Search for individual items in our Reference Catalog, or browse the collections in our finding aid repository.

Watch thousands of videos online on MIRC's Digital Video Repository.

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On May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh won the Orteig Prize by completing the first solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris in his single engine plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Less than a year later, Lucky Lindy and the Spirit made their last flight together when the aircraft was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. These Fox Movietone News outtakes from April 30, 1928 capture images of that final journey. The plane now resides in the entrance hall at the National Air and Space Museum. 

Visit our blog to read about how Lindbergh’s landmark journey affected Movietone’s detailed coverage of Admiral Byrd, considered the favorite to win.

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 United States 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.

MIRC holds a national treasure—the Fox Movietone News Collection—11 million feet of silent and sound films documenting global events from the 1920s to 1940s. And we need your help to digitize and share it online for future generations to enjoy.