The collection will be contained, labeled, and barcoded in film cans like these.
This machine is used to digitize the film.
By Courtney Thornley
The U.S. Marine Corp University in Quantico, Virginia has donated over 12,000 reels of film to the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections.
The collection documents the history of the Marine Corps from World War II through Vietnam as shot by marine photographers.
"This is a very special collection. Collections of this size don't come to libraries very often and particularly collections that are focused on the kind of history of a specific branch," curator Greg Wilsbacher said.
Battle scenes, training scenarios and how the military prepares during a time of peace are included. MIRC will store and digitize 2,000 hours of film. It is estimated this will take three years.
A special climate controlled-vault will be built behind the film library to house the collection.
The funds for the vault were donated by Richard and Novelle Smith, in memory of Columbia native, Marine Capt. James H. Davis.
"I think it's something that I hope will be a community project. As we digitized things, there are a lot of retired marines in the state. We want to make sure they are able to see the films and help us better describe what we see on film," Wilsbacher said.
MIRC is looking to raise $2 million to make the digital version of the film available to the public for free. USC is also looking to hire people to help with the process.