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.
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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.
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
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
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.