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. Feel free to contact us about viewing or obtaining specific footage.

Personal visits to the archive can be accommodated. MIRC is located at 707 Catawba Street, in 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.

Scholars wishing to learn more about our materials or consult the archives for an extended period of time should contact a curator to make arrangements. Curators are equally happy to assist patrons with reference requests.

Curators' areas of responsibility are as follows:
Newsfilm Collections and the U.S. Marine Corps Film Repository – Greg Wilsbacher (
Regional Film Collections and the Chinese Film Collection – Lydia Pappas (
Science and Nature Films and Local TV News Collections – Amy Ciesielski (

The University owns the rights to most of the material held by MIRC. It relies in part on licensing revenues 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 the work is expected to reach. To license material for use in films, television programs, books, or other projects, email our Production Manager Ben Singleton (, or call 803-777-6211.

General inquiries may be directed to, or 803-777-6841. Guidelines for citing MIRC materials are available here.