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.
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/)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.