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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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Shotwell loses a millionFox Movietone cameramen filmed several responses to Black Tuesday, the October 29, 1929 stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression. This week’s featured video captures multiple takes of tobacco heiress and concert pianist Margaret Shotwell, who reportedly found herself unable to pay a $50,000 brokerage bill after she lost $900,000 in the crash. In an AP piece that ran in a few days before these scenes were filmed, Shotwell described herself as “just one of the suckers” and wryly noted, “But it isn’t smart to be rich anymore. I’ve lots of company now.” 

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.