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lulu  The Louise Brooks Society needs your help! Here's your chance to become a contributor to the LBS. Every effort is appreciated.

The LBS hopes to fully document the life and career of Louise Brooks. One ongoing project is the collection of magazine and newspaper articles about the actress, especially vintage reviews of Brooks' films. Hundreds of articles have already been found. But more await discovery. The LBS is especially interested in obtaining photocopies of newspaper articles and films reviews from the following American cities. Photocopies should be legible and complete. Please note the name and date of publication, and title and author of the article (if not already included in the copy). If you are able to look for articles published in a city not listed below, please the LBS with a query.


Springfield, MA
Worcester, MA
Lowell, MA
Cambridge, MA
Fall River, MA

Bridgeport, CT
Waterbury, CT

Utica, NY
Troy, NY
Schenectady, NY

Atlantic City, NJ
Jersey City, NJ
Scranton, PA
Erie, PA
Allentown, PA

Evansville, IN
Gary, IN
Ft. Wayne, IN

Peoria, IL
Rockford, IL
Quincy, IL

Kansas City, KS
Lawrence, KS
Topeka, KS
Miami, FL
Tampa, FL
Orlando, FL
Jacksonville, FL

Mobile, AL
Selma, AL
Tuscaloosa, AL

Chattanooga, TN

Little Rock, AR
Charlotte, NC
Norfolk, VA
Shreveport, LA
Fort Worth, TX
El Paso, TX
Austin, TX
Corpus Christi, TX

Albuquerque, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Pueblo, CO
Phoenix, AZ
Fargo, ND
Billings, MT

Anchorage, AK
Juneau, AK
Fairbanks, AK

In more general terms, the LBS is interested in any and all clippings from Arizona, Colorado (excluding Denver), Idaho, Montana (excluding those from the Helena Independent), Nevada (excluding Reno), New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and Alaska. As well, any clippings from Hawaii (excluding Honolulu) and western Canada (excluding the Manitoba Free Press) would be useful. Clippings from Vancouver are of particular interest.

How to get started. Visit you local city or university library, and make your way to an information, periodicals, or newspaper & magazine desk. Next, ask if there is an index for your local paper covering the 1920's and 1930's. Hopefully, your newspaper is indexed. Some are - some are not. If you local paper is not indexed, the search for articles will take more time but is not impossible. Please read on . . . .

If your newspaper is indexed, searching it may be a bit tricky. First, try looking up "Brooks, Louise" and see what you find. You may be lucky enough to come across photos or articles about the actress. Film reviews, however, are not likely to be indexed under the Brooks' name. Thus, try searching under "Motion Pictures" or "Moving Pictures." Individual reviews may be listed under one of these headings. If nothing turns up, as a last resort, try searching the general index for a few film titles such as American Venus, Beggars of Life, or Canary Murder Case. [ A complete list of movies in which Brooks' appeared can be found in the filmography at the back of the Barry Paris biography, or on this website. A checklist of films is always worth bringing along on any research trip. ]

If you were lucky enough to find listings in an index, you will next need to locate the articles themselves. Chances are past issues of a local newspaper are stored on microfilm. (Most libraries no longer keep bound issues of old papers.) Thus, you will need to locate the appropriate microfilm rolls which include the dates you may have come across. Machines called microfilm readers will enable you to quickly scroll through the microfilm in search of an article. And what's more, many microfilm readers have a photocopy function - so you can make a copy of whatever you might find.

Keep in mind that not all of Brooks' films played in every city or town - and if they did, not every one would have been reviewed. During the silent film era, movies usually ran one week - and so, critics wrote about a film within the first few days of its opening. Typically, films opened on Saturdays or Sundays - and reviews ran on Mondays or Tuesdays. (Films which opened mid-week for brief two or three day runs were rarely reviewed.) Also, keep in mind that while you are looking for reviews, you may come across related articles, advertisements, and pictures. Some of this material is worth copying as well.

If your newspaper is not indexed - and you are dedicated to finding film reviews - you may end up needing to scroll through months of microfilm. It is a time consuming process, but fun and worth the effort should you find vintage material. Once you've selected a film, find out when it was released. [ Release dates for each movie are located in the filmography at the back of the Barry Paris biography, or in the filmography located on this website. ] Then, start looking through microfilm around that time. Generally speaking, Brooks' American films opened within two months of their official release date. (In the 1920's, films did not open on the same date across the country, as is common practice today.) It should also be noted that none of Brooks' European films were shown in the United States at the time of their European release - except Pandora's Box, which was screened in New York City ten months after it's Berlin debut.

Without citations or the help of an index, one short-cut is skipping from weekend to weekend. Newspapers of the time usually ran articles or advertisements on Saturday or Sunday - and one need only check the entertainment pages to see what was showing during a given week. It is also worth pointing out that many cities had two or three daily newspapers. And usually, but not always, competing papers would run reviews on the same day - usually on a page devoted to the arts, amusements, or the movies (then sometimes called "photoplays"). Scroll through a few weeks of any given newspaper, and you'll soon figure out how the paper "works."

Articles from outside the United States

The Louise Brooks Society is very interested in articles published outside of the United States. The LBS would especially like to obtain copies of vintage articles about Brooks or her films from Mexico, Spain, Greece, Russia, Australia, Japan, The Philipines, etc.... Hundreds of articles from all over the world have already been found. But many more await discovery. If you live in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America and are willing to look for articles, please email the LBS.

  • GERMANY: The LBS has many clippings from various Berlin newspapers as well as German film magazines. The LBS would be interested in obtaining copies of articles (especially about the two Pabst films) from any newspapers from Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuggart, Dresden, etc. . . .
  • EASTERN EUROPE: The LBS has uncovered a few vintage articles about the actress from Eastern Europe. Can you supply others? Certainly, at least a few of Brooks' films (especially Pandora's Box) were screened in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, or Yugoslavia in the 1920's and 1930's. In order to further document Brooks' career, the LBS would be interested in acquiring copies of any Eastern European, Baltic or Soviet newspaper or magazine articles about the actress and her films. As well, the LBS would also be interested in any contemporary material, including material from books, from this region of the world.
  • MIDDLE EAST: During the 1920's, some American and European silent films were shown in Cairo, Jerusalem and elsewhere. To date, the LBS has uncovered one vintage article from Egypt related to Louise Brooks. Can you supply others? The LBS would be interested in any vintage or contemporary material regarding Louise Brooks from any Middle East nation.
  • Denishawn articles and reviews

    Another on-going project is the gathering of reviews of each of the performances given by Denishawn during the two seasons Louise Brooks was a member of the dance company. Many reviews have already been gathered, but some have proven difficult to track down. The LBS would like to obtain local newspaper coverage (articles, advertisements, or reviews) of the following engagements: (last updated July 4, 2007)

    October 5, 1922 - Hippodrome - Pottsville, Pennsylvania
    (need Evening Chronicle clippings)

    November 25, 1922 - Marlowe Theatre - Jackson, Tennessee
    (need Jacksonian clippings)

    November 30, 1922 - High School Auditorium - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (see also 2-9-1924)
    (need Oklahoma news clippings)

    December 9, 1922 - Majestic Theatre - Peoria, Illinois (see also 2-23-24)
    (need Peoria Evening Star clippings)

    December 28, 1922 - Burns Theatre - Colorado Springs, Colorado
    (need Colorado Springs Evening & Sunday Telegraph clippings)

    January 9, 1923 - Lyceum - New London, Conneticut
    (need New London Daily Globe clippings)

    January 10, 1923 - Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, Massachusetts (see also 10-23-1923)
    (need Lowell Evening Leader; and Courier-Citizen clippings)

    January 11, 1923 - Worcester Theatre - Worcester, Massachusetts (see also 4-8-1924)
    (need Worcester Evening Post; Worcester Telegram; and Evening Gazette clippings)

    January 22, 1923 - Winthrop College Auditorium - Rock Hill, South Carolina
    (need The Johnsonian (student newspaper) clippings?)

    January 23, 1923 - Columbia Theatre - Columbia, South Carolina
    (need Columbia Record clippings)

    January 26, 1923 - Grand Theatre - Macon, Georgia
    (need Macon News clippings)

    January 27, 1923 - Lucerne Theatre - Orlando, Florida
    (need Orlando Morning Sentinel clippings)

    February 2, 1923 - Kyle Theatre - Beaumont, Texas
    (need Beaumont Enterprise clippings)

    February 4, 1923 - City Auditorium - Houston, Texas (see also 4-8-1924)
    (need Houston Press clippings)

    February 10, 1923 - Brenan Auditorium - Gainesville, Georgia
    (need Gainesville Eagle; Gainesville News; and Gainesville Daily Times clippings)

    February 13, 1923 - Academy of Music - Charleston, South Carolina
    (need Charleston American clippings)

    February 14, 1923 - Garden Theatre - Bennettsville, South Carolina
    (need Pee Dee Advocate clippings)

    February 20, 1923 - Strand Theatre - Salisbury, North Carolina
    (need Salisbury Evening Post clippings)

    March 8, 1923 - Marvin Theatre - Findlay, Ohio
    (need Findlay Daily Courier clippings)

    March 29, 1923 - Waterloo Theatre - Waterloo, Iowa
    (need Waterloo Tribune clippings)

    April 19, 1923 - Holyoke Theatre - Holyoke, Massachusetts
    (need Mount Holyoke News clippings)

    April 21, 1923 - Montclair Theatre - Montclair, New Jersey
    (need Montclarion clippings)

    October 23, 1923 - Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, Massachusetts (see also 1-10-1923)
    (need Lowell Evening Leader; and Courier-Citizen clippings)

    November 6, 1923 - Academy Theatre - Hagerstown, Maryland
    (need Daily Mail clippings)

    December 10, 1923 - Moore's Opera House - Clarksburg, West Virginia
    (need Daily Telegram clippings)

    December 11, 1923 - Camden Theatre - Parkersburg, West Virginia
    (need Parkersburg News clippings)

    December 15, 1923 - Auditorium - Hopkinsville, Kentucky
    (need Daily Kentuckian; and Daily Kentucky New Era clippings)

    January 11, 1924 - Grand Theatre - Galveston, Texas
    (need Galveston Tribune clippings)

    January 12, 1924 - Auditorium - Houston, Texas
    (need Houston Dispatch clippings)

    January 14, 1924 - Colombia Theatre - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    (need Baton Rouge News clippings)

    February 7, 1924 - Busby Theatre - McAlister, Oklahoma
    (need M'Alester News-Capital clippings)

    February 9, 1924 - High School Auditorium - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (see also 11-30-1922)
    (need Oklahoma news clippings)

    February 22, 1924 - Waterloo Theatre - Waterloo, Iowa
    (need Waterloo Tribune clippings)

    February 23, 1924 - Majestic Theatre - Peoria, Illinois (see also 12-9-22)
    (need Peoria Evening Star clippings)

     

    lulu  The Louise Brooks Society would be happy to answer any questions about research. Please the LBS with your query. Find something? Or have an article to share? Please email scans to , or mail copies of articles to the Louise Brooks Society. The LBS can be reached via postal mail.

    SEND PHOTOCOPIES:

    Louise Brooks Society
    1518 Church Street
    San Francisco, California 94131-2018
    United States of America
                      SEND SCANS:

    GSig

    Thank you for your interest. And thank you for your help. Both are greatly appreciated!


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