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Now it Can Be Shown!: Fox Movietone Newsreel Footage from Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Below, MIRC Curator Greg Wilsbacher explores how newsreel footage and other images helped to craft a specific narrative of the attack. Pearl Harbor, two words that should foremost name a place, a harbor on the southern shore of the Island Oahu. Seventy-five years …

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Beaten by their own Scoop: Fox Movietone News and the Orteig Prize

The following blog is adapted from a presentation delivered by MIRC Curator Dr. Greg Wilsbacher to the Orphan Film Symposium X (April 7, 2016, Library of Congress, National Audio Video Conservation Center, Culpeper, VA). “Movietone” sound was a patented system first perfected by Theodore Case and Earl I. Sponable at the Case Research Labs in …

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The Fox Movietone News Digitization Project: Year One in Review

In 2013, Moving Image Research Collections received a grant from the NEH Division of Preservation and Access. The $229,997 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources award supports Phase One of the Fox Movietone Digitization Project.* The two-year project, which began in May of 2013, is dramatically improving online access to the Fox Movietone News Collection. With …

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New Orleans Jazz Artist Identified in Fox Movietone News Collection

In these Fox Movietone News outtakes filmed in December 1928, two boys dance in a New Orleans park while a third plays music on a homemade drum kit. Greg Lambousy, Director of Collections at the Louisiana State Museum, believes he has identified the drummer in the clip as New Orleans jazz artist “CoCoMo” (sometimes KoKoMo) Joe …

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75th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa

Photo of Cpt. Louis Hayward, Cpl. Obie Newcombe and Sgt. Norm Hatch

Between 20 November and mid-day on 24 November of 1943, the Second Division of the United States Marine Corps poured over 10,000 men onto Betio island. That island, now part of the nation of Kirbati in the Gilbert Islands chain, occupies a mere 0.59 square miles or 376 acres. To put that into perspective, the …

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AEO-light 2 Project Completed

The AEO-light team at the University of South Carolina is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the grant-funded phase of AEO-light 2. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access, the AEO-light 2 project has produced a robust, flexible and open-source software tool to improve the immediate and long …

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Jesse Owens at the 1934 Amateur Athletic Union Track and Field Championships

80 years ago today, on August 9, 1936, Jesse Owens made world history and became an icon of racial equality when he took his 4th Gold at the Olympics in Hitler’s Berlin. Owens won his first Gold on the 2nd, beating fellow African-American Ralph Metcalfe in the 100 meter dash. On the 3rd and the …

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Supercomputers, Nitrate, and Death-as-an-Interface

This guest post was written by Evan Meaney, Assistant Professor of Media Arts in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design. Professor Meaney’s work centers around the belief that the aspirations and possibilities of art are bound to the technologies that support them. Those technologies, as embodied in specific media, are …

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Elinor Smith: The “Flying Flapper”

When conjuring images of pilots flying during the 1920s and 1930s, the names that most easily leap to mind are Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. Earhart may be the most widely known aviatrix today, but in the early years of aviation, there were many women pushing the boundaries of aeronautics. Elinor Smith was one of these …

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Filming the Wreck of the SS Eastland: Harry Birch and the Making of a Chicago News Family

One hundred years ago this week, the Western Electric Co. in Chicago hosted its employees on the SS Eastland for a day of relaxation, a day away from work, a day together as a family. Over two thousand employees boarded the Great Lakes passenger ship while it was moored on the Chicago River. It was raining. …

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