The Louise Brooks Society needs your help! In its never ending quest to document “all things Brooksie,” the LBS needs your assistance in finding reviews, translating articles, locating hard-to-find material, documenting ephemera, and identifying images. Here’s your chance to get involved. And, here’s your chance to become a contributing member of the LBS. Some current needs are listed below. More will be added on an ongoing basis.
VINTAGE ARTICLES & REVIEWS
Help is needed is locating newspaper articles about Louise Brooks, especially vintage reviews of the actress’ twenty four films, as well as coverage of her American and Canadian appearances with the Denishawn Dance Company. The LBS is especially interested in acquiring articles and reviews from any Eastern European, Russian, Asian or Australian newspapers. Hundreds of articles have already been found. But more await discovery. Local libraries and university libraries are a great place to start.
CAN YOU HELP FIND?
The LBS is aware of the existence of the following articles, but has been unable to obtain copies of them. Can you help? As this material may be difficult to acquire, photocopies or high-res scans of originals are happily accepted.
anonymous “Louise Brooks.” De Film, June 22, 1930. (France)
— four page illustrated article; Brooks appears on the cover
Green, Grace. “And This Is Paris.” Screen Play Secrets, July, 1930. (United States)
anonymous. “A carreira de Louise Brooks.” Cinéfilo, October 4, 1930. (Portugal)
— illustrated article
anonymous. “Louise Brooks.” Cinema Illustrazione, April 10, 1935. (Italy)
— brief article looking back at Brooks’ career
Genina, Augusto. “Memorie.” L’Europeo, November 17, December 4, December 11, 1955. (Italy)
— three part article edited by Oriana Fallaci; Brooks is discussed and pictured in part three, “Il muto disse”
Williams, Jeannie. Rochester Times-Union, August 6, 1979. (United States)
— Brooks is quoted in local column in Rochester, New York newspaper
DO YOU HAVE A COPY?
The Louise Brooks Society needs your help in locating copies of the following hard-to-find items. As this material is somewhat scarce, high-res scans or digital copies of original items are happily accepted.
— would like to obtain a recording (and/or transcript) of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Tuesday Night program which aired on November 30, 1971 and which featured a documentary on Charlie Chaplin (the program was prepared for the CBC by George Pratley)
— would like to acquire high res scans of the Spanish, Italian, French or German editions of Lulu in Hollywood, as well as the Barry Paris biography
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
The Louise Brooks Society is the most comprehensive website in the world devoted to any silent film star. It also costs money to maintain. The hope is that individuals who enjoy this site will make a small donation to help keep things growing. Monthly internet fees, domain resignation, software, and the costs associated with running RadioLulu are just some of the many expenses that go into keeping the LBS on the web. A donation, in any amount, will also help defray the cost of photocopies, postage, subscriptions, and the acquisition of memorabilia (which is posted on the site). Contributions will be used to ensure new material is added on an ongoing basis, and that the LBS continues as the largest and most comprehensive site of its kind. The Louise Brooks Society is a not-for-profit web site. It is also a money losing labor of love. Please consider making a financial contribution in any amount.
Here are some ways you 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 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. To direct your contribution toward RadioLulu, please contact the LBS. (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. To direct your contribution toward RadioLulu, please contact the LBS.