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Founded in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society is an international association of individuals interested in the life and films of the silent film star Louise Brooks. The LBS is both a social & scholarly group, an on-line archive, and a virtual fan club in cyberspace. Membership affords the opportunity to exchange ideas and associate with individuals from around the world. This website (www.pandorasbox.com) serves as home to the society. Many, but not all, LBS activities take place over the internet. To find out more about the group's history as well as its current activities, please visit About the LBS.
Anyone interested in the life or films of Louise Brooks is eligible to join the Louise Brooks Society. The LBS is composed of individuals of all ages, interests and backgrounds. To date, some 1500 people from 50 countries on six continents have joined the group. A list of contributing members may be found here. And a geography of the LBS membership may be found here.
Individuals may elect to join the LBS as either a basic or contributing member.
Basic membership in the Louise Brooks Society is free and open to all. Joining is a simple one step (basic) or two step (contributing) process.
Anyone wishing to join should fill out the form shown on this page. Once enrolled, individuals will receive the following benefits of basic membership, including:
1) access to the rich array of material on the LBS website & blog
Contributions from fans and interested individuals help keep the Louise Brooks Society growing. (Society expenses include costs associated with an internet service provider, domain name registration, an email list, broadcast fees for RadioLulu, annual flowers for Louise Brooks' grave, etc....)
If you enjoy visiting this site, please consider becoming a contributing member. Individuals may become contributing members by making a monetary contribution, or by making an in-kind contribution through help with research, translation, or the donation of materials. Please see the Help Wanted page for additional information.
Contributing membership in the Louise Brooks Society is available at differing levels. Individuals wishing to join the LBS as a contributing should fill out the form shown here and additionally note the level of their contribution. Once enrolled, individuals will receive the benefits of basic membership, as well as the following according to their contribution level.
$0.00 to $24.99 (fan)
$25 to $99.99 (actor)
$100 to $249.99 (cult figure)
$250 to $499.99 (ingénue)
$500 to $999.99 (movie star)
$1000 to $9999.99 (film great)
$10,000 and above (cultural icon)
Your interest in Louise Brooks and the Louise Brooks Society is sincerely appreciated. In addition to a financial or in-kind contribution, here are a few other ways individuals can directly support the LBS:
-- Purchase an item from the LBS wish list on Amazon.com: Buy a book, DVD, or compact disc for the Louise Brooks Society. These particular items are needed for background or research — while some, such as compact discs, will be used in adding musical selections to RadioLulu. Individuals may become a contributing member at the level of their purchase-donation.
-- Underwrite an expense: The Louise Brooks Society pays $120.00 annually to stream RadioLulu? That amount includes licensing fees associated with broadcasting music over the internet. Show your support by paying for the year's broadcast. Individuals may become a contributing member at the level of their donation, and will be acknowledged on the RadioLulu homepage. (Full or partial underwriting for 2014 is available.)
-- Make a grand gesture: Sponsor a research trip to one of the following destinations, each of which has a library or archive of interest to the LBS in its quest to document "all things Brooksie" — Rochester, New York; Topeka, Kansas; and New York, New York; as well as Austin, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Cherryvale, Kansas. Sponsorship would entail a flight from San Francisco, California as well as hotel accommodation for three nights and a rental car (if necessary). Help underwrite a research trip and become a contributing member at the "film great" level.
Uncertain about how to join the Louise Brooks Society? Have a question, comment or concern? Email the LBS via the contact link below. Via postal mail, the Louise Brooks Society can be reached at:
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