John Shaw Billings film collection
This collections consists of 306 color and black and white 16mm films (both silent and sound). Contains copies of the series "The March of Time" newsreels, as well as "Crusade in Europe," and other film series made by Time Magazine. The home movies of John Shaw Billings are also included.
- Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913 (Creator, Person)
This collection has been processed. Materials are available upon request.
For more information contact curator Lydia Pappas at PAPPASL@mailbox.sc.edu.
Copyright and Use
Home movies copyright University of South Carolina. All rights reserved. Other materials may be protected by copyright.
8,876 feet of film
65 Linear Feet
John Shaw Billings (1891–1975), was the first managing editor of Life magazine. Billings began working for Time in the 1930s before becoming the first editor of Life. After World War II, he was named editor-in-chief of Time-Life. He retired in the 1950s.
Billings’s family, the Hammonds, originally came from South Carolina, and he maintained close ties with South Carolina throughout his life. In the 1930s, he bought and restored the Hammond family’s Savannah River home “Redcliffe.” The University Libraries' Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) has home movies recording the restoration. Billings’s grandfather (also John Shaw Billings) served as a medical doctor in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. After the war, he established an Army medical library with the first modern bibliographical system for medical knowledge. He later became one of the best-known, early 20th-century librarians as director of the New York Public Library.
Moving Image Research Collections. 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by John Shaw Billings.
Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository
707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208
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