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Itinerant filmmakers in South Carolina, 1920 - 1980

Identifier: Itinerant filmmakers in South Carolina
Over the years, MIRC has acquired several examples of the itinerant filmmaker genre documenting South Carolina communities in the 1930s and early 1940s, including a handful of films by the celebrated North Carolina-based filmmaker, H. Lee Waters. The itinerant filmmaker materials comprise approximately 31,900 feet of black and white silent and sound film across eight titles.


  • 1920 - 1980



Portions of this collection may be viewed online; the remainder may be accessed upon request.

For more information contact curator Lydia Pappas at

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31,900 feet of film

Historical Note

Itinerant filmmaking was a vibrant American tradition in the first half of the 20th century. Its practitioners would travel to a city or town, film its citizens, and then project the developed footage in a local movie theater for a modest fee. School children and local businesses were favorite subjects.

Physical Location

Moving Image Research Collections. 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208.


Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208