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lulu  The bibliographies on the Louise Brooks Society website have been compiled by Thomas Gladysz. They are the result of hundreds of hours spent pouring over periodical indexes and film reference works, scanning on-line newspaper databases, picking through books and magazine articles, and scrolling through microfilm in libraries near and far. The vast majority of citations were found by surveying publications dating from the 1920's and 1930's. *

The bibliographies would not have been possible without the help of others. Special thanks to the San Francisco Public Library - especially Ron Romano and the staff of the SFPL inter-library loan department. Through inter-library loan, I was able to borrow microfilm (and in some cases, bound copies) of otherwise hard-to-obtain newspapers, magazines and books. I placed my first ILL request in 2001, and have been hooked on research ever since. I would like to acknowledge the following institutions, each of which have been generous in loaning material: the Library of Congress, Kansas State Historical Society, New York State Library, State Library of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin Historical Society, Minnesota Historical Society, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library), State Library of Louisiana, Indiana State Library, and the National Library of Canada. Dozens of other university libraries, historical societies, and public libraries also loaned microfilm.**  My thanks to each of these institutions.

I have, as opportunity allowed, visited a number of libraries and archives around the country. Perhaps the most valuable source of citations were the New York Public Library and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center), each of which I visited on a few occassions. In Illinois, I visited the Chicago Public Library, as well as the impressive library at the University of Chicago. In Ohio, I spent a couple of days at the Ohio Historical Society (outside Columbus), as well as the Columbus Metropolitan Library. And in Michigan, I scoured the collections of the Library of Michigan (in Lansing) and the University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor). I also visited public libraries in Detroit and suburban Royal Oak, as well as the special collections at Michigan State University (in East Lansing). My thanks to the helpful staff at each of these institutions, some of whom took time to aid me in my research.

California is home to Hollywood, as well as many excellent libraries and archives. In southern California, I have made four trips apiece to the Los Angeles Public Library and the resource rich Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each yielded dozens of citations. Dan Strehl, senior librarian at the Hollywood Branch Public Library, was helpful in my visit to that branch library. I also spent a day at the libraries at the University of Southern California (my thanks to the very helpful Ned Comstock) and UCLA. Each of these academic institutions also loaned microfilm and books on a number of occassions.

I made more than a dozen trips to the California State Library (in Sacramento) in order to explore their considerable holdings of newspapers on microfilm. In northern California, I visited many of the area's university libraries - including those at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley - as well as those at San Francisco State University, San Jose State Univesity and California State University - Hayward. Each held a piece to the puzzle.

In the San Francisco Bay Area (where I live), I have made a point to visit just about every public library which held any publication of interest. Naturally, I spent a considerable amount of time at the San Francisco Public Library. I also visited the public libraries in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda, as well as those in San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto and San Jose. Other institutions at which I spent time include the Performing Arts Library and Museum (in San Francisco) and the Pacific Film Archive (in Berkeley). Thanks to Nancy Goldman, head of the PFA, who was gracious and helpful during my visits. Material found at each of these institutions contributed to the bibliographies.

When I haven't been able to borrow material or visit a library, I have turned to letters and emails in an attempt to track down elusive citations. My sincere thanks to more than a dozen librarians, researchers, and genealogists who answered my correspondence.

Acknowledgement to Barry Paris, whose pioneering efforts sowed the seeds of this work. Gianluca Chiovelli of Italy generously provided numerous European references. Amanda Howard of Wichita hunted down articles from various Kansas newspapers. Tector Gripengren, a Swedish fan, sent a number of rare clippings - some of which were found in the national film archive of Sweden. Jean-Louis Cocriamont of Belgium, Fabrice Vaillant of France, and Meredith Lawrence of England also provided citations and articles. Members of the LBS and other Louise Brooks fans in from around the world likewise provided citations, or better yet, copies of vintage and contemporary articles. My sincere thanks to each of these contributors. My gratitude also to Christy Pascoe, who has helped with the search on a number of occasions.

 

 

Your help is needed. More material can still be found. If you would like to contribute to this bibliographic project and help find newspaper and magazine articles, please follow this link.

 

* It is the hopeful intention of these bibliographies to document all significant written material about Louise Brooks. Along with books and articles about the actress, the bibliographies also cite material relating to her stage appearances and films (even if Brooks is not mentioned). The "search pattern" followed in pursuit of citations began with the places most important to Brooks' story - Wichita, New York City, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, and Rochester, New York. I have also surveyed key newspapers from the two-dozen largest American cities - and, hoping to represent the perspective of every state and region, I additionally looked at newspapers from dozens of other urban areas. Brooks' fame crossed borders, and so did my research. As I was able, I scoured periodicals from Canada and Latin America, Europe, Russia, the Pacific rim region, and South Africa. And again, as I was able, I also surveyed every general interest and film magazine (from the United States and Europe) which I've been able to borrow.

** Among the many other lending institutions were the State Historical Society of Missouri and State Historical Society of Iowa, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Nebraska State Historical Society, Eastern Kentucky University, Emory University, and the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of Kansas, and University of North Carolina.


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