University of South Carolina Libraries Moving Image Research Collections and the Marine Corps University History Division have formed a partnership to preserve and make accessible a large, historic collection of Marine Corps films that has been housed at Quantico, Virginia for generations.
The collection consists of an estimated 18,000 reels of 16 and 35 mm film documenting the operational history of the Corps throughout the 20th century, with footage of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Also included are peacetime films of training, testing and public relations activities.
The Marine Corps University reached out to MIRC to permanently store, digitize and make the collection accessible online because of MIRC’s expertise and experience with archival film.
MIRC’s mission is to digitize the films to support the work of the History Division and share the historic collection online, making it available to the public, including veterans, military buffs, historians, researchers, filmmakers, students and families worldwide.
MIRC is one of the largest and most respected academic film and video repositories in the country. Its staff conserve and preserve films and videos produced outside the American feature film industry, making them accessible worldwide.