Accessing the collections

There are a number of ways to access the Moving Image Research Collections.

An ever-increasing number of digitized films may be seen online using the Digital Video Repository ( MIRC-DVR ). Materials are selected for the repository based, in part, on patrons’ requests.

Personal visits to the archive can be accommodated. MIRC is located at 707 Catawba Street, Columbia and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The general public, as well as students, faculty, and staff may view material free of charge. The onsite reference library includes more than 2,000 hours of material on VHS tapes and DVDs. These materials are identified as RC#### or RD#### in our online reference catalog.

Access copies for materials not yet transferred can be made upon request. Although we aim to satisfy all requests within two weeks, the volume of requests and the condition of the materials may significantly lengthen our turn-around time. Technical and legal constraints may restrict access to certain collections. While the MIRC-DVR is our preferred means of providing offsite access, we are able to make customized access copies in other media for a fee. Call 803-777-6841 or email to discuss your needs.

Scholars wishing to consult the library for an extended period of time or to examine a large volume of materials should contact a curator to make arrangements.

Curators' areas of responsibility are as follows:
Newsfilm Collections – Greg Wilsbacher (
Regional Film Collections – Lydia Pappas (
Chinese Film Collection – Lydia Pappas (
Science and Nature Films – Amy Ciesielski (

The University owns the rights to most of the material held by MIRC. It relies on licensing revenue partly to offset the expense of caring for archival film materials. Licensing fees and agreements vary based upon the duration of footage licensed, the nature of the work in which they will be included, and the size of the audience this work is expected to reach. Patrons wishing to license material for use in other projects should call 803-777-6841 or email to make arrangements.