Noble, Lydia Edmundovna, 1884-1929. Papers of Lydia Edmundovna Noble, 1895-1940: A
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History
of Women in America
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2007 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: SC 73
Repository: Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Lydia Edmundovna Noble, 1884-1929
Title: Papers of Lydia Edmundovna Noble, 1895-1940
Quantity: 3 file boxes
Abstract: Correspondence, poems, articles, etc., of Lydia Edmundovna Noble, Radcliffe College
Class of 1909.
Processed: November 1982
By: Elena Taratuta
This collection was given to the Radcliffe
College Library by Lydia Edmundovna Noble's sister
Beatrice Noble ca. 1950.
Lydia Edmundovna Noble Papers, 1895-1940; item description, dates. SC 73, folder #.
Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Lydia Edmundovna Noble, poet and translator, was born
February 22, 1882 and raised in Malden, Massachusetts.
Her father, Edmund Noble was a journalist and her mother,
Lydia Lyvovna Pimenoff Noble was of Russian origin. LEN
attended Malden High School and Radcliffe College (1902-1905,
1907-1909) where she studied English, German, French,
Latin, Spanish, Fine Arts and Music. She also knew
Russian from her mother. LEN translated poems and
articles by the Russian poet Konstantin Dmitrievich
Balmont and the diary of Constantine Belash, a young
Russian officer. Her own articles and translations of
articles from French were published in Eastern and Western
Review. She also wrote poetry, some of which was
translated into Russian by Balmont and into Serbian by
Ivan Shaikovich. She gave lectures at schools and
churches in the Boston area.
This collection consists of LEN's correspondence
(originals, transcriptions, and copies) with friends and
poets including Konstantin Balmont. Also included are
drafts of LEN's poems, translations, articles, and other
writings, and poems by LEN's sister and mother. Much of
the collection consists of copies of materials that were
deposited at Houghton Library (49M-263) by LEN's sister
Beatrice Noble in May 1950.
- Box 1: 1-15
- Box 2: 16-28
- Box 3: 29-38
- 1-8: Correspondence
- 1-4: Letters from LEN with some transcriptions by her sister Beatrice Noble; also some
copies (by BN) of LEN's letters at Houghton Library
- 1. 1895-1906: "school girl letters" and poems
- 2. 1911-1925: to friends, mostly copied by BN
- 3. 1926-1927: includes letters to Konstantin Balmont et al., copied by BN
- 4. 1928-1929, n.d.: to Priscilla Gough Treat with biographical details and notes about
K. Balmont; to Lithuanian poet Liudas Gira and to Constantine Belash.
- 5. 1907-1929, n.d., includes: English translation of letter from K. Balmont and telegram
from Liudas Gira.
- 6-8: Correspondence about LEN and her poetry
- 7. 1931-1932: includes ALS from K. Balmont
- 8. 1933-1940, n.d. includes: 2 ALSs from K. Balmont and copies of letters from KB et
al. translated into English by BN
- 9-26: LEN's poetry, including translations, ms. and ts.
- 16. VIII includes LEN's translation of poem by K. Balmont
- 19. XI, war poems, ca. 1917-1920
- 20-26: LEN's later poetry copied by Beatrice Noble
- 27-31: LEN's other writings
- 27. I: includes visit to Russia and description of Sarah Bernhardt
- 28. II: writings copied by BN
- 29. III: writings copied by BN
- 30. Articles and speeches, printed and copied
- 31. Lecture on Bolshevism
- 32-36: Translations
- 32. Unfinished Russian fairy tale
- 33. From Eastern and Western Review, ms. and printed
- 34. From Eastern and Western Review, ms. and printed
- 35. Articles by K. Balmont translated by LEN, copied by Beatrice Noble, and printed Russian
- 36. Diary of Constantine Belash "a young Russian officer, "translated by LEN and copied
- 37. Articles and poems translated by LEN's mother and sister including article by K. Balmont
- 38. Ivan Shaikovich's translations of LEN's poems into Serbian and TLSs, 1931-1936
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection.
An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
and other automated bibliographic
databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
- Balmont, Konstanin Dmitrievich, 1867-1942
- Belash, Constantine
- Noble, Lydia Edmundovna, 1884-1929
- Shaikovich, Ivan
- Radcliffe College--Class of 1909
- Russian revolution