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This project is so I can obtain a cover image for my biography of Frances Chesterton
This project is so I can obtain a cover image for my biography of Frances Chesterton
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Here's the deal. I found a rare photograph of Frances Chesterton at the Lilly Library in Indiana. I really, really want to use it as the front cover of my biography of Frances, because the picture is so beautiful. She looks like she's about 16-17 years old.

Naturally, Lilly Library would like money for it's use, after all, they are a non-profit too, and need funding for their rare and special collections and their libraries. I want to support them too, and thank them for the help they've given me with this book, by paying the $250 they request for a front cover use of one of their images. If you help, I will be eternally grateful.

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Hard to believe, but I've been working on this biography of eight years now. It is almost finished, and should be published this summer. I have used my own funds for all the research so far—except for the $500 Kilby grant from the Wade Center, which was great but barely covered anything— including hiring research assistants at Lilly Library, University of British Columbia, traveling to Yale on my own money, obtaining copies of files from University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, and spending hundreds of dollars (or pounds, as the case may be) at the British Library, as well as hiring a genealogist to search for Frances's ancestors.

But I've come to the end of my financial rope. I'm hoping for help with this last thing, so we can get this book launched. Will you help me? A beautiful cover photo of Frances, I believe, will help sell this book. Believe me when you see it, it will be well worth it.

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