Moving Image Research Collections

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Always Coming Home project
Always Coming Home: The American Female Veteran Experience Archive is designed to provide ongoing documentation of the diverse combat and service situations women in the military face as well as recording the experiences of the increasing numbers of female veterans whose return to civilian life has been affected by their years of service. Women veterans are interviewed, on video, and invited to share their reasons for joining the military, their experiences while in service, and the opportunities and setbacks they have faced upon return to civilian life. This project includes the short documentary “Soldier Girl.” There are currently over 50 interviews in the archive, some of which you can view here.
Anna and Archer Huntington home movies
2007, Generously donated to the University by Brookgreen Gardens, the home movies of Anna and Archer Huntington provide rare color images of Brookgreen Gardens, the first public sculpture garden in the country. Anna Hyatt Huntington was an accomplished sculptor, and Brookgreen Gardens was originally founded by the couple to showcase her works. The collection contains footage of the Lowcountry Zoo (also located on the grounds) from the 1930s, including the construction of the bear pit and the animal being moved into his new home. The films also document daily life in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The footage ranges from shots of the family at Atalaya Castle, the couple's winter home, to scenes of rice production on Sandy Island. Though mostly filmed in the 1930s, some of the material was shot in the 1950s and 1960s. The collection comprises over 5,000 feet of color and black and white 16mm film., Moving Image Research Collections, 707 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC, (http://library.sc.edu/mirc/)
Apparent behavior collection
This collection contains a restored print of the film "Studies of apparent behavior," as well as some modern interpretations of this film by recent film students. The original animated film was used in a classic experiment in cognitive psychology. Subjects were requested to interpret a film of three geometrical figures shown moving in various directions and at various speeds. This became a landmark study in the field of interpersonal perception, in particular in relation to the attribution process when making judgments of others. Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmer published their results as “An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior," American Journal of Psychology, April 1944.
C. E. Feltner, Jr. collection
1980, Moving Image Research Collections, 707 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC, (http://library.sc.edu/mirc/)
Chinese film collection
In October of 2009, the University of South Carolina welcomed an historic gift of films from the People's Republic of China. The gift included nearly 900 titles on 35mm and 16mm film donated by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America (Washington, D.C.). These films are being processed and are not yet available for viewing. They will be conserved and made available to researchers and for public exhibition as part of Moving Image Research Collections. The Embassy collection is of particular interest as a document of cultural diplomacy in that it represents what Chinese officials thought the people of the United States should see and know about China after the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1979. Films include documentaries of life in China, animated films, and full length feature films. The gift was made possible through the combined efforts of the University of South Carolina's Confucius Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University Libraries, with the cooperation of the China Film Archive, the Beijing Film Academy, and Beijing Language and Culture University. The Confucius Institute and the University Libraries are working together to expand the collection.
Curated collections, Moving Image Research Collections
This collection contains moving image materials edited by MIRC curators for public display. The footage may contain content from 19th century to the present. Curated Collections, Moving Image Research Collections has the collection designator of CURA. It was established to provide a location for selected and edited materials assembled by MIRC curators and staff. In general, most of the items in this collection draw upon MIRC holdings exclusively. However, some items may also contain moving image materials drawn from other sources. In all cases the items' description should reference the materials used in the exhibit., Curated Collections, Moving Image Research Collections has the collection designator of CURA. It was established to provide a location for selected and edited materials assembled by MIRC curators and staff. In general, most of the items in this collection draw upon MIRC holdings exclusively. However, some items may also contain moving image materials drawn from other sources. In all cases the items' description should reference the materials used in the exhibit., Moving Image Research Collections, 707 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC, (http://library.sc.edu/mirc/)
De la Cova family home movies
De la Cova Family home movies (1965-1975): These 8mm silent films were created by René Antonio de la Cova (1916-1993) after he and his family arrived from Cuba in March 1961 as political exile refugees. The films depict travels across America and significant events in the lives of his family and friends whilst living in Louisville, Ky. and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Dungan family film collection
Home movies, four reels of 16mm film, donated by Ruth Ann Dungan, shot by Frank R. Dungan, in the late 1940s and 50s, along with an assortment of camera equipment. The films depict vacations taken by Frank and his family while in the military and offer insight into midcentury amateur film, the American economy and travel post-World War II. Scenes of New York within the films show Manhattan, Long Island, Coney Island, Jones Beach and Jamaica racetrack. Other films show scenes in Paris, France and Switzerland.
Edwin E. Gordon Archive collection
This collection consists of a number of videocassettes from the Edwin E. Gordon Archive and include videos of Dr Gordon teaching his technique of music learning to children and fellow music teachers, conferences attended and workshops and seminars given by Dr Gordon., Edwin E. Gordon is internationally known as a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education. Gordon and his work have been portrayed on the NBC Today Show, in the New York Times, in USA Today, and in a variety of European and Asian publications. Through extensive research in music education and the psychology of music, dating back to the early 1960's, Gordon has made major contributions in the study of music aptitudes, audiation, music learning theory, tonal and rhythm patterns, and music development in infants and very young children. Gordon is the author of nine standardized music tests, as well as numerous books, articles, and research monographs. Since 1997, following his retirement as the Carl E. Seashore Professor of Research in Music Education at Temple University, he has been in residence at the University of South Carolina. Located in the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina, the Edwin E. Gordon Archive houses all of Gordon's publications, journals, manuscripts, the dissertations he supervised, and video and audio cassette recordings of various workshops and seminars. Among the personal items are his college diplomas, various honors and awards, his University of Iowa doctoral dissertation, as well as one of his many wooden sculptures., Moving Image Research Collections, 707 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC, (http://library.sc.edu/mirc/)
Elmer C. Richards film collection
Drop-off donation of early film by Elmer Chadwick Richards in the early 1990s, a vocational instructor from Chardon, Ohio who taught at Spring Valley High School in Columbia SC
Fox Movietone News collection
The collection contains seven million feet of nitrate motion picture film and four million feet of safety motion picture film documenting the national and global politics and culture from 1919 through 1934 and from September 1942 through August 1944. Paper holdings provide detailed notes generated by original camera crews as well as ephemera related to individual stories. Within the collection are elements from two distinct newsreel products. One is a silent newsreel, Fox News, which ran from 1919 into 1930. The other is the original sound newsreel, Fox Movietone News, which ran from 1927 through 1963. The majority of films in the collection were not used by the Fox corporation as part of a released newsreel. The collection does contain over 200 released newsreels from 1942 to 1944. In the reference catalog, holdings are currently prefixed MVTN., Midwest metropolis (16 mm positive print)., Collection includes 45 linear ft. of paper records and 30 linear ft. of subject index cards., Fox Movietone News Collection, Newsfilm Collections, Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina., The Fox Movietone News Collection was established in December of 1979 when the Board of Directors for Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation unanimously voted to donate the entirety of its Movietone News library. At the time an independent appraisal valued the film and paper records comprised in the gift at $100,000,000. Twentieth Century-Fox and the University then mapped out a plan for a series of annual gift agreements to maximize tax benefits to the corporation and provide for the orderly movement of over 75,000,000 feet of film. Fox's announcement was the culmination of almost a decade of conversation among University faculty, South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV), Lowell Thomas (the voice of Movietone News), and Fox subsidiary Movietonews, Inc. The original plan for the gift included the conversion of all nitrate film elements to modern safety film stock at Fox's expense. Fox would then destroy the original nitrate insuring that the University retained the only copy of the film. Fox would also convey to the University all copyrights associated with the film. Although the complete Movietonews, Inc. library was not donated to the University, two deeds of gift were signed, in 1980 and 1981. These gifts conveyed to the University 7 million feet of original nitrate elements and 4 million feet of safety film transfers made by Fox, for a total of 11 million feet. The collection includes all silent newsreel elements (nitrate) from the original Fox News library (1919 - 1930) and the original paper records supporting that material, all outtake and unused film from Volumes 1 through 7 of Fox Movietone News (1928 - 1934) and the paper archive supporting that material, and the published newsreels as well as all outtake and unused film from Volumes 25 and 26 of Fox Movietone News (Sept. 1942 - Aug. 1944) plus the paper archive relating to this material.
Fredrick C. Adams home movies
This collection consists of home movies shot by Fredrick C. Adams from the 1920s through the 1950s in the Northeast, including Maine, Connecticut, Nova Scotia, and Labrador. The collection totals 11,192 feet of 16mm black-and-white film, 3,014 feet of 16mm color film, and 648 feet of 16mm lenticular color film. Also donated were a handful of objects that can be viewed at MIRC: a Kodascope Model EE 16mm film projector with case; Magazine Ciné-Kodak camera with case and one film magazine; and an AO Review 500 watt slide projector with case. Holdings can be found under the prefix RFC-Adams in the reference catalog.

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