Founded in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society is an association of individuals interested in the life and films of Louise Brooks. The LBS is a social & scholarly group, an on-line archive, and an international fan club. Membership affords opportunity to exchange ideas and associate with like-minded individuals from around the world. This website (www.pandorasbox.com) serves as home to the society, with many but not all activities taking place over the web. To learn more about the society’s history as well as its current activities, please visit the About the LBS page.
Anyone interested in Louise Brooks is encouraged to join. The group is composed of individuals of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. They include movie buffs, film historians, and film world professionals, as well as students, teachers, artists, writers, musicians, actors, scholars and others interested in aspects of silent film, women’s studies, history, or the Jazz Age. To date, some 1500 people from 50 countries on six continents have joined the LBS.
If you have not joined the Louise Brooks Society, we hope you will decide to become a member today. Individuals may join at either the basic or contributing level.
Basic membership in the Louise Brooks Society is FREE and open to all. There are no dues nor meetings. Anyone wishing to join should fill out the form displayed below. That’s all there is to it. Once enrolled, individuals will receive the following benefits of basic membership. (Additional benefits may be added at a later date.)
1) subscription to the society’s email newsletter, “News of Lulu”
2) email alerts (events, new releases, site updates, etc…)
3) special offers on merchandise
4) full access to the rich array of material on the LBS website (including Easter eggs)
5) the satisfaction of knowing you’ve joined a community of like-minded individuals
Individual contributions help keep the Louise Brooks Society growing. If you enjoy visiting this site, please consider joining as a contributing member. Individuals may become a contributing member by making either a monetary or in-kind contribution. There is no requirement or set amount for a monetary contribution, though a number of individuals have sent one-time donations of $10.00 or $20.00 or more. Others have made larger donations. Some individuals have chosen to make an in-kind contribution by helping with research or translation, by the donating needed material (like movie stills or scans), or by purchasing a needed item for the group from the LBS wishlist.
Funds donated to the Louise Brooks Society will be used toward the maintenance of this website (including fees associated with hosting, domain registration, software, etc…), the acquisition of desired materials (vintage magazines, books, movie stills, etc…), further research (photocopies, subscriptions, travel to libraries and archives), and other related expenses. Please see the Help Wanted page for further information on how you can make an in-kind contribution.
Contributing membership in the Louise Brooks Society is available at varying levels. Individuals wishing to join the LBS as a contributing member are asked to fill out the form shown here, and additionally note the level of their contribution. Your contribution will be matched to your submitted form. Once enrolled, individuals will receive the benefits of basic membership as outlined above, as well as the following according to their contribution level.
The LBS accepts contributions through PayPal. (Please note, a PayPal account is not necessary to make a donation using PayPal.) Prefer paper? Please print this form (joinLBS.pdf) and mail it with a check or money order.
$0.00 to $24.99 (fan)
$25 to $99.99 (actor)
basic membership +
mini Lulu button
$100 to $249.99 (ingénue)
all of the above +
Diary of a Lost Girl (signed paperback)
$500 to $999.99 (movie star)
all of the above +
Barry Paris signed broadside
Louise Brooks assortment (3+ books or programs)
$10,000 and above (cultural icon)
all of the above +
all future LBS publications
Pandora’s Box keepsake (set of 7)
A roster of individuals who have already joined as contributing members (in the “actor” category and above) may be found HERE. If you join as a contributing member and wish to remain anonymous, please make a note in the comment field.
Uncertain about membership or how to join the Louise Brooks Society? Have a question, comment or concern? Email the LBS via the contact link at the top or bottom of the page. Otherwise, via postal mail, the Louise Brooks Society may be reached at:
Louise Brooks Society
1518 Church Street
San Francisco, California 94131-2018
United States of America
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 support the LBS:
— Purchase a book, compact disc, or DVD for the Louise Brooks Society from the LBS wish lists on Amazon.com: these items are needed for research or as background material, while some, such as the compact discs, will be used in adding musical selections to RadioLulu. Individuals become a contributing member at the level of their purchase-donation.
— Or purchase a book, compact disc, or DVD for yourself from the LBS store on Amazon.com. There are all kinds of goodies available. And what’s more, a small percentage of your purchase benefits the Louise Brooks Society.
— Buy cool Louise Brooks Society merchandise from the LBS store at Cafepress.com. The LBS receives a dollar or so from every purchase.
— Underwrite an expense, such as RadioLulu: the Louise Brooks Society pays $120.00 annually to stream its unique online radio station. That amount includes licensing fees associated with broadcasting music over the web. Show your support by paying for part or a full year’s broadcast. Individuals become a contributing member at the level of their donation, and will be acknowledged on the RadioLulu homepage. To direct your contribution toward RadioLulu, please make a note in the comment field. (Full or partial underwriting for the current year is available.)
— Sponsor a research trip to one of the following destinations — Rochester, New York; Austin, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; Topeka, Kansas or the big apple, New York City. Each is home to a library or archive of special interest to the LBS in its quest to document “all things Brooksie.” For similar reasons, the LBS is also interested in visiting Cherryvale, Kansas (Brooks’ birthplace) and Wichita, Kansas (Brooks’ longtime home). Sponsorship to any location would entail a flight from San Francisco, California as well as hotel accommodation for two or three nights. Underwrite a research trip and become a contributing member at the “film great” level. To direct your contribution toward a research trip, please make a note in the comment field.