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.
Belle W. Baruch film collection
The collection consists of 10 reels of silent, black & white and color 16 mm film, constituting home movies, documentaries and oral histories. The home movies were shot primarily at Hobcaw Barony, in Georgetown, S.C. and range from the middle 1920s to the late 1940s. Other scenes include footage of San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California, Mexico, Scotland, France, and aerial shots of the Hoover Dam in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Many of the films are extensively edited and contain numerous intertitles identifying people and places. Subjects include the Baruch family and their friends; descendants of former slaves; hunting and fishing scenes at Hobcaw Barony; and trips to Scotland, California, Mexico, and France. Many of the films are extensively edited/fused, do not necessarity go in order of date filmed, and contain numerous intertitles identifying people and places., The oldest of three children, Belle Wilcox Baruch was born in 1899 to Bernard Mannes Baruch and Annie Griffen Baruch. A residence primarily used as a winter haven and hunting lodge for family and friends, Hobcaw Barony exposed Belle to natural wonders that led to her eventual purchase of the 17,500 acres from her father to make it her permanent home. Belle was an avid sailor, equestrian, and pilot. Flying replaced horsemanship as a result of severe arthritis that followed years of horse competitions. Philanthropy was very important to the Baruch family, and Belle combined her two loves, nature and giving, to create a foundation that would keep the land undeveloped and allow South Carolina colleges and universities to research the ecology of the land. After Belle's death, Bernard Baruch renamed the foundation, The Belle W. Baruch Foundation from Belle's original title, The Bernard Baruch Foundation Trust. Famous financier and presidential advisor Bernard Mannes Baruch, originally from Camden, S.C., began buying the former plantations that made up Hobcaw Barony, a plantation in Georgetown County, in 1905. By 1907, he had purchased every tract of the original grant but three, plus one that was not part of the original land grant. While the Baruchs resided at Hobcaw, it was well known that many a famous visitor would be accompanying the family. Among the names to visit Hobcaw Barony were Woodrow Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt., A 16,000 acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped coastal tracts dedicated to research in South Carolina. In 1905 Bernard M. Baruch (August 19 1870 - June 20 1965) , a Wall Street financier and adviser to Presidents of the United States, purchased the property for use as a winter hunting retreat. During World War I Baruch served in the Wilson administration as Chairman of the War Industries Board and later as a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference. During World War II he served in the Roosevelt administration as a special advisor to the Office of War Mobilization. In 1946 he was appointed by President Truman to the United Nations where he chaired the UN Atomic Energy Commission. He eventually sold Hobcaw Barony to his daughter Belle W. Baruch. At the time of her death in 1964, she had created a foundation to manage the land as an outdoor laboratory for the colleges and universities in South Carolina. Belle W. Baruch (August 16 1899 - April 25 1964) was a sailor, equestrian, pilot, and founder of The Belle W. Baruch Foundation in Georgetown, S.C, a reserve and research center for the study of its ecosystems. An accomplished equestrian, she won the French President of the Republic's Cup in 1931 with the only perfect score out of the 119 competitors., Moving Image Research Collections, 707 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC, (http://library.sc.edu/mirc/)
Boyd Littlejohn home movies collection
16mm film filmed by Mr. Boyd Littlejohn, of Spartanburg, S.C., from 1956 to 1963. Donated by the son of the filmmaker, this collection shows family life in Spartanburg, as well as vacations to Florida, Hawaii and Australia, and family gatherings for birthdays and Christmases.
C. E. Feltner, Jr. collection
1980, Moving Image Research Collections, 707 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC, (http://library.sc.edu/mirc/)
Cahoon family home movies collection
Family films donated by Dr. Lauren Clark, of her Great Uncle and Aunt, Mr. and Mrs. William Bonner Cahoon, at home, and on their travels. Mr William 'Bill' Bonner Cahoon (1908 - 1983) and Mrs Annie Gertrude 'Gert' Gilliam Cahoon (1908 - 2003) were married in 1943 and lived in North Carolina for the majority of their married lives. These films are shot during their retirement and show family gatherings, as well as their hobbies of travel and gardening. Collection contains 20 super8mm films from the 1960s and 1970s, and some film equipment.
Caldwell family home movies collection
Films shot by Carol Judith DuFaux Caldwell, of her life in the US Navy and married life with her husband John, living in Hawaii and later moving to South Carolina where they raised two children. Films are from the 1950s to the 1970s, all color 8mm film.
Chandler family home movies collection
This collection consists of home movies shot by Mr. C. L. ‘Buck’ Chandler, a dentist of Atlanta GA and donated by his son, Walker Chandler. The 12 films from 1942 - 1960 show scenes of family life, vacations to the North and to Florida and general celebratory scenes of family Christmases, Easters, birthdays and graduations.
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.

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